At 30 years old, the Langley Hospice Society has decided to celebrate by inviting the community over for a garden party.
Langley Hospice supports those who are facing a terminal illness, as well as relatives both before and after the loss of a loved one.
"It's the kind of thing you don't look for until you need it," said Shannon Todd Booth, spokesperson for the society in Langley.
Reaching out and making their mission better known is why they'll be opening up the backyard of the Hospice's Supportive Programs Centre in Langley City.
While they're better known for their centre for palliative care, a lot of work and volunteering takes place at a converted house at 20660 48th Avenue, just across the street from one of the City's athletic parks.
The building only hosts about seven staff members, but it is bustling with volunteers on most days.
In the warmer months, the back yard and the veranda is often busy with volunteers meeting, or with children and teens who are at the centre for counselling after the death of a family member.
A recent project in grief support for children allowed the kids to smash plates outside, said Todd Booth.
That part of the exercise was to help them express some of the frustration that can become pent up in kids.
The pieces of plates were then collected, the children wrote memorial messages on them, and they were made into paving stones. Some of the stones will be placed around part of the back garden of the Programs Centre.
It's that kind of work that will be supported by the tickets to the garden party.
Visitors to the event next Thursday will pass by a series of displays outlining the history of hospice. They'll also hear from Gary Grant of the Fort Langley Lions, whose family was helped by the organization.
A host of Langley companies are helping out by supplying food, wine, and entertainment.
The nearby Langley Community Music School will be sending over a harpist, a cellist, and a violinist for the evening's music.
There will be a community-supported silent auction. Kiss Consulting and Kalala Wines are sponsoring the beverages, while Four Bones Food's chef will prepare canapes, some with ingredients from 1 Fish 2 Fish. Dessert will come from Frosting Cupcakes.
The garden party will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5-8 p.m. at 20660 48th Ave.
Tickets are $30 and are available at the Supportive Programs office or by phone at 604-530-1115.
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