Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw is getting closer to making a palliative care wing at Pioneer Lodge a reality.  

During Heartland Hospice’s gala last Thursday night, it was announced that their capital campaign is at $693,974 of its $1 million goal.  

“We're so blessed to live in a community like this because they don't just support us. There's already so many things that are going on at all times around here,” said Heartland Hospice Co-Chair Sara Bryan.  

Some of the major donations included an original lily painting from Yvette Moore entitled ‘Petals of Hope’. Heartland Hospice also announced that a $250,000 donation will allow the donor to name the hospice wing and receive the original painting.  

Tim Horton’s owners, the Howe family, presented a cheque for $35,788 from May’s Smile Cookie Campaign. Combined with September’s campaign, Smile Cookies has raised $71,654.  

The Connolly family of Jim, Sandi and Cailean gave a donation of $25,685.  

W.J. Jones & Son Funeral Home donated $50,000 as the naming sponsor for the My Wish program. The My Wish campaign, in conjunction with Medavie Moose Jaw, helps make final wishes come true.  

The Robert and Margaret Rigetti family donated $75,000 as the Serenity Garden sponsors. The sponsorship will be for the naming rights for the garden.  

Heartland Hospice received $150,000 donations from the Hetherington and Jameson families. They will have hospice rooms named after their family.  

Other community donations that came in included the Ackerman family, Henderson Insurance, Simpson Seeds, Babich Farms, Cathy and Kirby Jabusch, Golden West Trailer, Alice Seaborn, the Tonis, the Fergusons, the Estate of Loraine Probert and Mark Gillies, and fundraising events hosted by the Mad Greek, Moose Jaw Fire Department, Knights of Columbus Council 1534 and the Zion Church.  

“With Hospice care, you're going to find, when you start talking to people, that everybody has either lost somebody immediately within their own lives in a palliative situation, or else they have friends who have. It really hits home,” Bryan said.  

Bryan added that plans are being finalized for the hospice wing with the project going to tender in June. She’s hoping by next year’s gala they can announce the wing is up and running and they have reached their goal.  

To make a donation or to learn more about the capital campaign, you can visit Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw’s website