Ginia Goggio has been on the job as development director of Fox Valley Hands of Hope for about a month, but she’s already getting a good idea of what makes the organization click.
“What has impressed me the most about the organization is that the volunteers are so dedicated to it — and we offer our services for free,” Goggio said. “That’s phenomenal to me.”
In its efforts to provide comfort in the last days of life, and give bereavement counseling to children and adults, Fox Valley Hands of Hope is a different animal than the one Goggio came from, having worked for the Joint Commission for Hospital Accreditation in Oak Brook.
And she comes at a good time, as Hands of Hope is hosting its major fundraiser of the year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Q Center in St. Charles.
The “Garden Party” will feature a lunch and fashion show, and silent and live auctions for the expected crowd of 800 or more attendees. St. Charles shops Jeans & A Cute Top, and Chic Boutique, will stage the fashion show.
Those interested in attending should stop at the agency at 200 Whitfield Drive, call (630) 232-2233 or visit online to purchase tickets, which are $70 each.
“I’m very excited for the event,” Goggio said. “Others keep telling me you have to see it to believe, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Based on the popularity of similar fashion show luncheons for ladies, this figures to be an enjoyable way to spend part of a Friday for those who attend.
Fox Valley Hands of Hope has been carrying its name for two years now, having changed it from Fox Valley Hospice when state regulations dictated that any organization with hospice in its name had to have a full-time nurse on duty 24/7.
“For a small nonprofit like we are, it (full-time nurses) wasn’t feasible,” Goggio said. “The name has changed, but it’s the same mission.”
A young composer:
It’s not completely clear as to what qualifies one as a “prodigy,” but 10-year-old Marilyn Gans of Batavia certainly has to be heading that way.
And her music composition instructor, Carol Hoepe, knows she is nurturing a special talent when working with Marilyn.
Marilyn earned a gold medal in the Carol Klose/Hal Leonard Composition Competition last fall in her age division in an event for musicians and composers across the country.
“Marilyn was in the youngest division for elementary students, and she was a couple of years younger than most of the other kids competing,” Hoepe said. “Marilyn is very, very talented.”
She’ll be playing some of her compositions on piano today at the Wheaton College Memorial Chapel, accompanied by Barbara Farley, a music instructor at Wheaton College, on violin.
She’s been focusing on compositions based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, delivering three musical pieces — “Nevermore,” “Conversations with Usher” and “Kingdom…