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Covenant Hospice offers an array of events in March
By Jennie McKeon

It’s March madness at Covenant Hospice. Whether you’re looking to square dance or waltz, you can have a good time for a good cause.

First up is the glitzy 9th Annual Mask Parade Gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. With a Mardi Gras theme and formal dress code, the event is the perfect mix of fancy and fun.

“We expect a large turnout with many supporters that have been there year after year as well as new supporters of Covenant Hospice,” said Brenna Hosey, development specialist for Covenant Hospice, in an email interview. “We have many new artists and sponsors. We are excited about this year’s gala.”

The Mask Parade Gala is the signature event of the Panama City Covenant Hospice branch. Covenant’s own Glenda Carden makes the masks to send out to artists and celebrities to decorate. Some past celebrity artists include Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Marisa Tomei and Coach Bobby Bowden. The masks are exhibited at the gala and then auctioned off to hopeful buyers. Act fast because the masks usually sell out.

“Many people in the community have already told me that they can tell it’s time for the gala now that the masks are out,” Hosey said. “The gala has made such a splash in the community that the masks on display communicate our message of providing palliative care. The artists are excited to see their masks as well as fellow artists’ masks out and about in the community.”

Since the event began, it has raised over $750,000 for Covenant Hospice. Money raised goes toward under-funded programs such as bereavement services, chaplain services and care for indigent patients.

“Two specific things that the money will fund are the butterfly bags and Monarch Camp,” Hosey said. “Butterfly bags are heavy canvas bags filled with many helpful and fun activities for bereaving children. Camp Monarch is a daytime camp that bereaved children can go to with Covenant Hospice staff to enjoy a day exploring with Florida wildlife wolves.”

At the Art of Fashion on Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m., you can check out the new spring trends in a Kentucky Derby-style atmosphere. Wear your biggest view-obstructing hat to enter in the Hat Contest.

“The event is very upbeat and bright,” said Angie Schlosser, a development manager at Covenant Hospice.

The event includes a luncheon, and live and silent auctions of all mediums of art.

“We have about 60 pieces in the auction,” Schlosser said. “We have everything from acrylic paintings to jewelry and pottery. Every medium of art is covered.”

The community plays a big part in the event. Local stores such as Dillard’s and first-time sponsor Chico’s provide the fashions as well as some of the models. Loyal customers and Covenant volunteers will strut down the runway showing off their new looks.

Bling and blue jeans never looked so good. The 4th Annual Denim and Diamonds event is a signature event for the Fairhope, Ala. area. The event will be held on Friday, March 25 from 7-11 p.m. The evening hosts a Southern-style dinner of pulled pork or fried catfish for those following the rules of Lent, green beans, roasted potatoes, brownies and peach cobbler with ice cream. All food is catered by the Oak Hollow Farm where the event is held.

“This is a casual event,” said Jackie Crews, development manager for Covenant Hospice. “There are so many formal events this time of year for Mardi Gras. This event is more relaxed, so you don’t have to worry about formal attire.”

The night also includes silent auctions and a diamond drawing sponsored by Estate Jewelers of Fairhope. Live music will be provided by Cool Rayz.

“We tried to do something different and unique,” Crews said. “We’ve had a great response.”

Last year, Denim and Diamonds raised $15,700 after expenses.

“It is very important to donate to Covenant Hospice,” Crews said. “We rely on funds to continue care for those who are at the end of their lives. People can feel good about their donations because it stays in the community. Donations aren’t sent to national headquarters.”

Stay tuned in April for the Cox Cablethon Auction. The 39th annual event will be on Cox Cable channel 2 from 2 p.m. until midnight.

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MASK PARADE GALA
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5
WHERE: Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, 4200 Marriott Drive, Panama City Beach, Fla.
COST: $100
DETAILS: 215-4242 or covenanthospice.org

ART OF FASHION
WHEN: 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16
WHERE: New World Landing, 600 S. Palafox St.
COST: $35 before March 16, $40 at the door
DETAILS: 208-7122 or covenanthospice.org

DENIM AND DIAMONDS
WHEN: 7-11 p.m. Friday, March 25
WHERE: Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope, Ala.
COST: $40
DETAILS: (251) 626-5255 or covenanthospice.org