Hospice fundraiser set Friday

Published 2:00 am Thursday, August 22, 2013

Football is king in the south and a local organization is hoping to put another jewel in that crown Friday with a special fundraising event.

Jodie Williams, Covenant Hospice volunteer and community relations manager, said the annual Football Fever event is gearing up for a fun-filled evening.

“We are excited,” Williams said. “We are selling tickets for Auburn and Alabama for the giveaways. We have so many things planned that we’re expecting to have a full house and a lot of fun.”

The Football Fever event, now in its fourth year, will be held at Orleans PoBoys restaurant in downtown Brewton from 6 to 8 p.m., Williams said.

“Donna will have the restaurant all decorated for Auburn and Alabama,” Williams said. “She has been so gracious to host this event for us for the four years we’ve been doing this event.”

Williams said although ticket holders don’t have to be present to win the grand prize package, door prizes and an auction will make attending the event a fun, and possibly profitable, event for everyone.

“We had one of our volunteers to spend about three months making an Auburn afghan and an Alabama afghan that she donated to us to auction off,” Williams said. “We will be holding that auction between 6:30 and 7 p.m. We have even been able to secure a local auctioneer for the event. Aubrey Adams has agreed to take care of the auction process for us.”

In addition to the auction, Williams said prizes suitable for Alabama or Auburn fans will also be a big part of the evening.

“We will have plenty of door prizes that we will be drawing for throughout the event for those who attend,” Williams said. “We will give Alabama fans a red ticket and Auburn fans a blue ticket when they come in the door. That way, we can make sure that winners will get a prize for their team. We won’t have to worry about an Alabama fan going home with an Auburn prize.”

The grand prize package for both Alabama and Auburn will consist of two tickets to an upcoming home game, stadium seats, a cooler and an autographed football from the team.

“We will have the grand prize drawing at 8 p.m.,” Williams said. “Somebody is going to be very happy after that drawing. You don’t have to be present to win the grand prize and tickets for that drawing will be available up to Friday’s event.”

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available in Brewton at Jus Do, the Greater Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce Office, the Covenant Hospice offices and at Orleans PoBoys restaurant. In Atmore, tickets are available at Just Because and the Atmore Chamber of Commerce office.

Williams said the Dutch treat dinner will be held in a fun, football fever-style atmosphere with plenty going on through the evening.

“I know there are other things going on in the community, but we want people to come have a good time,” Williams said. “Even those who are going to the T.R. Miller pre-season game can come for dinner and get in on a chance for door prizes while they are there.”

Williams said the event is a big fundraiser for the non-profit organization and helps fund several programs under the Covenant Hospice umbrella.

“Since we are non-profit, we take patients into our care who aren’t blessed to have insurance,” Williams said. “These kind of fundraisers help us be able to continue to do that. The fundraiser also helps support our bereavement program, our volunteer program and even our teen volunteer program. We are excited to have the support of the community to help fund these programs.”

“For those who have experienced Covenant’s care, they understand the profound impact it has on a family and what a difference it makes to have that support at such a difficult time,” said Williams. “Fundraisers like Football Fever, will enable us to continue our mission and give the gift of hospice care to all those who need in it in our community.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact (251) 867-6993 or visit Covenant Hospice at 1023 Douglas Ave, Suite 204 in Brewton.