• Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: 2022 Our Hospice Summer Concert Fundraising nets $147,000

    The 36th Annual Our Hospice Concert fundraising activities netted over $147,000. “Unfortunately, we were unable to host this year’s concert due to the weather. Needless to say, we are disappointed as we were looking forward to the performance by Yacht Rock Revue and 40 Years of College; not to mention gathering with 7,000-10,000 of our friends at Mill Race Park. Although the concert was canceled, we continue to be overwhelmed by the support we received,” said Laura Leonard, President of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. 


    We are grateful to our Title Sponsors, FORVIA Faurecia and Columbus Regional Health, and several other sponsors for supporting the concert and contributing much-needed funds for the care of the patients and families served by Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. “It’s been a very difficult few years for healthcare and the ongoing support we receive from our community provide us not only much-needed resources, but encouragement to our staff who have been enduring limitations related to the pandemic for so long,” said Leonard.


    “Funds raised from the Summer Concert activities will go directly to the care of patients and families cared for by Our Hospice, an end-of-life service that started in 1980; and also those cared for by our Palliative Care team, a new program that provides symptom management in partnership with local physicians to patients undergoing treatment, which we started in 2019 and is only reimbursed at a rate of 17 cents on the dollar. Our friends, supporters and community members definitely responded positively, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Julie Davis, Event and Volunteer Services Manager for Our Hospice.


    A total of 4,704 raffle tickets were sold which helped Our Hospice net over $147,000 exceeding the goal of $122,000. “We are humbled by the tremendous support our communities demonstrated,” said Davis. “Without the concert, we were concerned we would not meet our fundraising goals. Fortunately, many of the activities including our annual Fish Fry at the American Legion and a drive-thru event to purchase cookies, raffle tickets, and T-shirts were able to take place prior to the rained-out concert. Also, by re-opening the online raffle ticket sales for those that were unable to purchase at the concert, the generosity of the American Legion holding a second drive-thru/dine in tenderloin meal event, and all the additional donations helped us not only reach but exceed our goal!” 

    • The American Legion presented Our Hospice with a check for $8,100 from their combined drive-thru/dine-in events. Silgas helped sponsor the initial fish fry (Photo below)

    • The drive-thru cookie, raffle & t-shirt sale held at NexusPark raised $4,754 and sold 340 dozen cookies baked by our staff and volunteers.

    • We are again grateful to The Tony London Company for their design of the 2022 Concert         T-shirts and The Republic for the design of the 2022 Concert Poster.


    Congratulations to the 2022 Raffle winners!

    $10,000 Grand Prize – Mary Beth Kelley – Columbus, IN (Photo below)

    $500 1st Place – Nancy Kirshman -Columbus, IN 

    $250 2nd Place – Kiara Denholm-Dallas, TX

    $150 3rd Place – Gary Grieger-Columbus, IN

    $100 4th Place – Gabriel Dorothy Woon-Columbus, IN


    The funds raised will assist us in caring for our patients and families as we fulfill our mission To Make Every Moment Count. In addition to providing the highest quality care for our patients, including charitable care for patients who are uninsured or under-insured, our greatest needs for funds are to support three very important services:  

    • The Hospice Center, which serves patients and families needing a high level of care during an acute episode, for short-term family-caregiver respite, and for patients whose family needs time to determine care-giving arrangements. The Hospice Center is an additional benefit to our community, and it is not self-sustaining with reimbursement alone.

    • Bereavement Services, a free 13- month grief support service for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved-one. Bereavement services are a required offering which is not reimbursed at all.

    • Palliative Care, a minimally reimbursed specialty for the ongoing care of patients enduring a chronic or acute condition, while undergoing curative care. Palliative Care is reimbursed at a rate of about 17% of our cost.


    “I personally want to say thank you for the outpouring of support for my final concert as President of Our Hospice. Although I am disappointed we were rained out, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead this organization for the past 10 years. I’m proud of the professional care and compassion shown to our patients and families daily. My sincere thanks to Columbus and our surrounding communities we serve for their many years of support of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana and Palliative Care-Symptom Management Specialists. We couldn’t do what we do without your ongoing support. We look forward to celebrating with the community next year; where I will be a guest next summer,” said Leonard. 


    Prior Year’s Results


    Featured Artist


    Raffle Tickets Sold


    Yacht Rock Revue (rained out)




    Yacht Rock Revue (cancelled due to Covid)

    $174,000 * record

    5,082 *new record


    Yacht Rock Revue - Virtual

    $ 169,000 

    5, 026 






    Randy Bachman




    Blue Oyster Cult




    Peter Cetera 



    Louis Townsend, Director of Business Operations and Finance, Laura Leonard, President, Mary Beth Kelley, $10,000 Raffle Winner, Tabitha Saltzman, Event Coordinator, and Julie Davis, Event and Volunteer Services Manager

    L-R: Shelli Burton (OHSCI), Julie Davis (OHSCI), Tabitha Saltzman (OHSCI), Al McKown, American Legion Commander, Kevin Phillips, American Legion Financial Officer, Kelsey Whitehead (OHSCI), Terry Frederiksen (OHSCI), Lissa Fischer (OHSCI), Ellen Brunner (OHSCI), Brigitte Halvorsen (OHSCI)