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Tickets now on sale for July 30 Lower Valley Hospice auction

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Lower Valley Hospice benefit auction.

The 2005 fund-raiser, which serves as the agency's major fund-raiser of the year, will be held Saturday, July 30, in Sunnyside at Navarro Family Community Center, 546 S. Sixth St., according to auction co-chairmen organizers Sabrina Jackson and Carol Bos.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the silent auction to be followed by a sit down dinner. The live auction begins at 8 p.m., Jackson said.

Tickets for the event, which include a prime rib dinner and a bid slip, are $40 per couple and $25 per person, said Jackson.

She said the auction committee also has friendship tables available with settings for up to eight people available at the cost of $200.

Tickets are available by calling the Lower Valley Hospice office, 837-1676.

Jackson said this year's auction will include such items as a riding lawnmower, sports memorabilia, as well as unusual items, like a rabbit fur jacket, valued at $200, and a 5-liter bottle of Cabernet-Merlot from Columbia Crest Winery, valued at $500.

Funds from the annual auction go for patient care, Jackson said. "100 percent of all funds remain in our service area," she added.

With agency headquarters in Sunnyside, Lower Valley Hospice serves families in Yakima and Benton Counties seeking quality end of life care for persons with life-threatening illnesses.

Founded in 1978, Lower Valley Hospice is a non-profit program, licensed by the state and federally certified, Jackson added.

"We rely on the auction to provide a large potion of our funds for non-reimbursable costs incurred by Hospice clients," she said.

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