Night of Stars a testament to the community

Once again, thank you seems inadequate to describe the generosity of this benevolent community. The 25th anniversary of Night of Stars was recently held to benefit Iowa River Hospice and the American Cancer Society. This community did not disappoint and came out to support these two organizations in a big way.

The committee led by Susan Krough, Kyley and Bryan Leger put together an evening that will long be remembered. Many fabulous auction items were donated by area businesses and individuals who said “Yes!” when asked to provide their goods or services. Many others sent checks of support to underwrite the costs of the event.

Originally called Oscar Night, this event has raised thousands of dollars over the years and has continued due to the dedication of community volunteers who spearhead the event.

Joel Greer was honored for his 25-year commitment to the cause saying, “I didn’t know I could quit!” He then went on to talk about how moved he was that the event had grown so much through the years and talk about some of his favorite moments.

The beautifully decorated Elmwood Country Club, as well as the energetic and good natured bidding lead by Doug West from the Auction Corner kept the evening exciting and helped to push the money raised from the event to record heights. More than $60,000 was raised for these two great organizations.

But the star of the evening was once again this generous community. Volunteerism was celebrated in its purest form with so many offering their skills, talents, treasure and time to make this effort our best yet.

Thank you from all of us at Iowa River Hospice on behalf of our patients, their loved ones, our staff and volunteers. We are indebted to all who support this wonderful event.