Gala 2018 – Celebrating our Past and Looking to the Future

“WOW! What an event – the Gala was incredibly successful. My wife Linda and I were so impressed by the massive turnout, the excellent food, pleasant decor and congenial atmosphere.” – Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti

Pilgrims Hospice couldn’t have wished for more… a sold out event with over 350 guests at our 23rd Annual Gala, showing their support for our programs and services through their generosity.

“Eric and I have been to many Galas but this one is really one of the best!” – Elexis Schloss

The theme of Live Your Best Life included a champagne reception, edible chocolate centerpieces, dancing… and a touching VIDEO of DAVE WILLIAMS, a beloved figure in the city and client of our Adult Respite Day Program.

“Where I live, there isn’t an opportunity to have a conversation with people, so this is a godsend. Coming here, it won’t ever help my disease. It just helps me, having a place to come and visit among friends.”

Dr. Helen Hays flew in for the occasion from BC, and joined fellow co-founder, Marion Boyd, for an evening celebrating the 24 years of compassionate end of life care and grief support, provided by Pilgrims Hospice.

“Our vision has always been to include a residential home for those at the end of life and who can no longer stay at home, but do not need to be in hospital or long-term care facility.” – Dr. Helen Hays

Honorary Gala Chair, Harold A. Roozen received a standing ovation as he announced a $3-million gift towards making the dream a reality – to build Edmonton’s first residential hospice for those at the end of life.

Read more in the Edmonton Journal article by Nick Lees: Businessman Roozen gifts $3M to build residential hospice

“Compassion for the final journey and support for families is at the core of what Pilgrims Hospice does. We wholeheartedly support that goal and have great confidence that this new Hospice Centre can be achieved”, said Roozen.

Watch the video THE TIME IS NOW – A Home for Hospice, played at the Gala, and keep updated on the project at

We can’t thank Harold and the Roozen family enough, and all the guests, sponsors & supporters who made the Gala such a resounding success.

Thanks to the generosity of Edmontonians, the event raised $140,000 towards compassionate end-of-life and bereavement care in the community.

2018-05-23T10:17:39-06:00 April 13th, 2018|Events, Uncategorized|