Scott Crossgrove shows off one of the auction items at the Community Health Professionals' Beacon of Hope dinner Thursday evening at the Delphos Eagles Lodge. More than $11,000 was raised during the evening.
Scott Crossgrove shows off one of the auction items at the Community Health Professionals' Beacon of Hope dinner Thursday evening at the Delphos Eagles Lodge. More than $11,000 was raised during the evening.
DELPHOS — Families came together to honor those who lost their fight with an illness and to raise money for those who will follow.

The Community Health Professionals Home Care & Hospice Beacon of Hope dinner remembers hospice patients the staff cared for in the past year and their families. It also raises much-needed funds for future hospice patients.

The families of Mike Gallmeier, Caroline Gallmeier, Gebhard Gasser and George Smith were presented with “Beacons of Hope” in the form of lanterns, symbolizing CHP’s signature lighthouse, Thursday evening at the Delphos Eagles Lodge.

Delphos Eagles Aerie 471 has hosted the event for more than 10 years at no cost to CHP. Only the meals are purchased. The Eagles was given the Friends of Hospice Award for their generosity and support.

Dozens of Silent Auction items filled tables and thousands of dollars worth of Live Auction items went to the highest bidder. The event raised more than $11,000, which will go a long way to assist patients, according to CHP Event and Volunteer Coordinator Virginia Riffle.

“Our Beacon of Hope Dinner and Auction is huge for what we do,” Riffle said. “We care for our patients regardless of their financial situation. We help get patients the medical equipment and medication they need to stay comfortably in their own home.”

Equipment includes hospital beds, oxygen, bedside commodes, walkers and wheelchairs. Medications can include those for pain, anxiety and respiratory congestion.

“It’s not just for cancer, it’s for anyone with a terminal illness with six or less months to live. The patient doesn’t stop eating or taking medication and they don’t die faster,” she said. “Hospice can improve the quality of life for a patient and they can live at home as long as they can or go to one of CHP’s inpatient hospice centers. We even have patients who may need to go to one of our hospice centers for a little while and then go back home. We want them to be at home as long as possible.”

Riffle said the availability of nurses who live in Delphos or close by gives patients and their families round-the-clock support.

“The families know they can call us anytime,” Riffle continued. “If they need us, we can be there in minutes.”

The event was emceed by Rick Miller with Auctioneer Don Gorrell and his “Vanna Whites,” Norm Carder and Scott Crossgrove. Flowers on Fifth provided the decorations and Riffle organized the event with the assistance of the CHP staff and volunteer Marilyn Hoffman, who picked up auction items.

Donations can also be sent to: CHP Home Care & Hospice, 602 E. Fifth St., Delphos OH 45833; or call 419- 695-1999.