Southern California Hospice Foundation raises nearly $50,000 at Dolled Up! Fundraiser for Heavenly Home

On Wednesday, May 1, the Southern California Hospice Foundation (SCHF), an Orange County-based nonprofit committed to promoting awareness of palliative care and hospice options for terminally ill children and adults, hosted their second annual Dolled Up! fundraiser at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. The beautifully crafted event generated nearly $50,000 in proceeds to benefit the nonprofit’s Heavenly Home, helping to cover the cost of care for residents who are struggling financially.

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Southern California Hospice Foundation Executive Director Michelle Wulfestieg shared the impact of the Heavenly Home

Guests were welcomed into the lovely event space with a Champagne reception, fostering a sense of celebration for the event. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction featuring alluring items, such as luxurious handbags and exclusive private vision board parties, and leave a voice memo on a nostalgic pink rotary phone for the residents of Heavenly Home to enjoy. Additionally, a marketplace showcasing products from women-owned businesses, such as IVI Vision, Cabi and Good Juju Candle Company, among many others, added to the charm of the event.

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Keynote speaker Teri Hausman shares her heart-touching experience with hospice and advocates for the palliative care home for terminally ill adults

The highlight was a luncheon honoring Hospice Resident Archie Cachola, a former pediatric doctor at CHOC, with a keynote speech from Teri Hausman Brusco of the Hausman Family Foundation. As a devoted advocate for those with devastating illnesses, Hausman shared a touching story of her family gathering to bid farewell to her grandmother as she passed away. Her poignant remarks emphasized the significance of hospice care, highlighting its impact on families and acknowledging that not every family has the opportunity for such a meaningful goodbye.

“Hospice care is an act of love that allows families to cherish precious moments together during the most challenging times, providing solace and support when we need it the most,” said Hausman. “It was an honor to share my story at the Dolled Up! fundraiser with those who support the shared goal of providing hospice care to people suffering terminal illness.”

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Michelle Wulfestieg addressed guests at the Pacific Club

“It is truly empowering to witness female philanthropic leaders come together to support our mission,” said Michelle Wulfestieg, Southern California Hospice Foundation executive director. “I am humbled by their generosity to provide comfort to those at the end of their life.”

Heavenly Home, which opened in February 2023, is Orange County’s first nonprofit end-of-life care facility and California’s sole hospice care home with an Assisted Living Waiver. In its first year of operation, this Mission Viejo-based six-bedroom home served 14 Hospice Residents from eight different providers, ranging between the ages of 51 and 104.

For more information about Heavenly Home and other Southern California Hospice Foundation its initiatives, visit https://socalhospicefoundation.org.


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