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Sockshop & Shoe Company Fundraiser for Hospice

November 1-3, 2013, The Sockshop & Shoe Company “Walking with Compassion” fundraiser for Hospice of Santa Cruz County was an event not to miss, and that was proven by the hundreds that attended on Friday, November 1st.  We are happy to report that $6,040 dollars were raised in support of our programs. 
Sockshop & Shoe Company "Walking with Compassion" Fundraiser for Hospice of Santa Cruz County
At the event all four senses were stimulated by the talented sounds of the band, Wooster; the great tastes of local wines from Sante Arcangeli Family Wines, cheeses from Harley Farms Goat Dairy, fruit from New Leaf Community Markets and ice cream sampling from The Penny Ice Creamery; the wonderful sight of 24 framed and matted, original artistic photographs depicting members of our own staff who walk with compassion on a daily basis; and the sense of smell came from all the brand new leather shoes being purchased by the folks that came to support Hospice of Santa Cruz County!  
Artwork Display from Hospice of Santa Cruz County
The Penny Ice Creamery
The generosity of the Sockshop & Shoe Company owners, Ellen and Eric Gil was an exceptional outpouring from their hearts.  This year the Gil’s donated 9% of all weekend sales from the Sockshop & Shoe Company to Hospice of Santa Cruz County. This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Kelly Short, our dear friend and HSCC co-worker who was one of the creators of this fundraiser.  Thank you Ellen and Eric for helping to make Kelly’s vision of this event become a reality.
Ellen Gil and son Hunter Gil
Photo of Kelly Short
Folks of all ages also took a special moment to reflect on their loved ones as they pinned colorful, “Walking with Compassion” memorial paper shoes on the Hospice of Santa Cruz County memorial quilt (the Comfort at Pearl Harbor quilt that was donated by the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association to HSCC as a fundraising quilt for our We Honor Veterans program).  Generous donations were provided from Socksmith, Merrell, UGG Australia, Dansko and Keen.
Comfort at Pearl Harbor Quilt
If you happened to have missed the Sockshop event there still is time to purchase your raffle tickets for the beautiful Comfort at Pearl Harbor quilt.  The lucky name will be drawn by a WWII veteran at the annual Hospice of Santa Cruz County Tree of Lights event on Sunday, December 8, 2013 (the anniversary weekend of Pearl Harbor).  To purchase raffle tickets call Adrienne Meier in development at extension 386. The raffle ticket pricing is 1 ticket for $5 and 5 tickets for $20 and you need not be present to win.

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