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Community Raises $272,500 For Central Okanagan Hospice Association

Kelowna, BC, March 20, 2017 ~ The Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA) is proud to announce that the 10th Anniversary of Swinging with the Stars presented by Jane Hoffman Group, Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty which took place on March 10, 2018 raised a record $272,500.

“This was an incredible way to celebrate a 10th year anniversary,” comments Natasha Girard, Executive Director, Central Okanagan Hospice Association. “We are very thankful to our community dancers who stepped up to raise money, our sponsors and guests who helped make our event the success that it was.”

Ten years of fundraising was marked with the theme “Dancing Through the Decades” along with a showcase of past alumni and all the glitz and glamour the signature event has become known for. The 10th edition also welcomed a record breaking attendance of nearly 500 people taking in the event.

The 2018 Stars who learned new dances, got out of their comfort zones and helped raise funds for COHA included:

  • Husband and wife pair Laura Draycott (Wink-i-Wear) and Stephen Maser (Aura Wealth Management at Raymond James)
  • Taylor Kolar and Naythan Smith (TWP Fitness)
  • Martine Parent (Martini For all Occasions Wedding & Event Planning)
  • Marika Wolf (Wolf House of Real Estate, Re/Max Realty)
  • Shannelle Connell (Miss Universe Canada Delegate, International Speaker)

An exciting addition this year was the addition of a new competition/category. Three teams participated. The roster of teams includes:

  • Restore Vein & Skincare Centre
  • The November Project
  • Swinging With The Stars Alumni

Planning for the 2019 edition has begun with recruitment for the 2019 dancers line-up nowunderway. If you or your business is interested in being a part of the 2019 Swinging With The Stars contact Nica Graziotto, Central Okanagan Hospice Association 250.763.5511.


About Central Okanagan Hospice Association

COHA serves the Central Okanagan from Peachland to Oyama. It exists in the belief that, through skilled and appropriate support and a sensitive and caring community, persons may be free to attain the degree of preparation for the death and resolution to bereavement that is satisfactory to them.

In partnership with the Central Okanagan Hospice Palliative Care Program of Interior Health, COHA is committed to “Helping people with a terminal illness live to the fullest until they die, and to help their loved one to be supported in their grief.”

In extended care facilities, at Kelowna General Hospital, Central Okanagan Hospice House, residential facilities, and in private homes, our more than 100 carefully screened and trained volunteers provide practical and emotional support for terminally ill people and their families. Bedside vigil, respite for caregivers and patient advocacy are a few of the important components of this support.

Services provided by COHA also include bereavement group supports, professional counselling, and a comprehensive lending library.

We are a non-profit organization and all our programs and services are provided free of cost.