SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – As they do every October, several hundred people gathered for an afternoon of fashion, fun and chances to win prizes at the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon to benefit the Center for Hope Hospice. The luncheon event raised over $30,000 to provide hospice and palliative care to people in need.

Nearly 400 people attended the event at Pines Manor in Edison, which was coordinated by the non-profit organization’s Auxiliary, the organization’s fundraising arm. Attendees bid on more than 100 gift baskets, high-end prizes and other raffle opportunities in addition to enjoying a sumptuous lunch and high-energy fashion show, with Auxiliary members serving as the runway models. Clothing and accessories were provided by Dress Barn and the Runaway, a mobile fashion boutique.

The Center for Hope Hospice operates two hospice and palliative care facilities, Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains and Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, which provides over two million dollars a year in charity care to the terminally ill who cannot afford hospice care. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help The Center continue its charitable work at its Elizabeth residence. The fashion show event is held in October in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

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Auxiliary president Andrea Ferraro (with Frank Brady, president of the Center for Hope Hospice), thanked her committee for all their hard work on the event, noting that, “After the tremendous amount of work and all the hours spent on this event, we can say that it was one of our most successful years. I think everyone will agree, it was absolutely dynamite.” 

Center for Hope Hospice is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides terminally ill patients with hospice care, and their families or loved ones with physical, emotional, and spiritual support during their time of need. The Center actively supports the individual's right to live out the remainder of their life with dignity and in comfort, surrounded by the love of family and friends, and eased from the burdens of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial or social distress.​

Center for Hope welcomes all terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones without concern for race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or ability to pay. It also offers pain and symptom management for chronically ill and seriously ill patients through its palliative care program. Center for Hope operates two facilities, Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains and Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, which provides more than $2 million a year in charity care. For more information, visit is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.