Over $1,000 was recently raised for HOPE – a dementia support group – at the Salmon Creek Business Group’s third annual BUNCO fund raiser. There were barely enough seats for the over 40 participants in this year’s event sponsored by The Hampton at Salmon Creek. Each year, the Salmon Creek Business Group chooses a new beneficiary for the event’s proceeds.
The night was filled with fun, laughter, tears and all in the room learned a little more about HOPE and the services they provide all around the greater Vancouver area. HOPE has dementia support groups, provides events and continuing education on dementia, offers resources, and has launched two new efforts: HOPE therapy dolls, that look and feel like real babies and Dare to Dream. Dare to Dream is a service where they recognize special milestones in a couple’s lives where they may no longer be able to be celebrated by the couple because of dementia.
HOPE was chosen because their groups and services are offered to many of the care facilities in Salmon Creek, which are also members of the Salmon Creek Business Group. The Salmon Creek Business Group has also chosen 2016 the year of Celebrate the Senior, where beneficiaries of their 2016 events will be those that support the elderly.
Jan Malone, President of HOPE, shared about the evening, “It was an incredible night! We were so honored that the Salmon Creek Business Group chose us to be their 2016 BUNCO recipients. We normally operate on shoe-string budget, so this donation from the Salmon Creek Business Group, will help us in so many ways! We also had three participants sponsor to purchase two more HOPE babies during the BUNCO fundraiser, which will go into the arms of dementia patients very soon.”
The Salmon Creek Business Group was established in 2010 with the intention of bringing information and events to the Salmon Creek area businesses. With nearly 75 members, the Salmon Creek Business Group promotes growth and development in Salmon Creek; to collaborate and share ideas, strategies and resources; to inform local businesses on matters that may impact their business; and to benefit the community by organizing and participating in fundraising efforts.