Local Community Unites to Support Hospice of Laramie

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Participants line up to try the “Pepino”, a jalapeño-infused beer while other attendees enjoy the vibe at the FeBREWary event Saturday

LARAMIE – Over two hundred people showed up to the Hospice of Laramie’s first “FeBREWary Fest” fundraising event last Saturday at the Laramie Plains Civic Center. Local restaurants and Laramie’s own Home Brew Club donated food and beverages for the event while local band Moral Panic provided music free of charge, reducing the cost of the fundraiser significantly.

The event was primarily focused on getting people together for a good time in order to raise awareness and funds for the Hospice of Laramie in Wyoming. While some of the attendees professed that they had little knowledge of the Hospice in Laramie before attending the event, many voiced their support of the organization, regardless of their involvement with the Hospice of Laramie in the past.

“I had no idea what the hospice was, but 25 dollars for all you can eat and drink is a good way to get the young crowd out. The young people who will really make a difference in the future,” said Erin from New York, a current student at the University of Wyoming.

Terri Longhurst, executive director for the Hospice of Laramie, commented on this notion, mentioning that the first step in spreading awareness is gaining public interest. Longhurst explained that the event sold 239 of its 264 tickets, making it a success in her mind.

“The event was such a hit, I think we will do it again next year,” said Longhurst.

Longhurst went on to explain that the event was very much aligned with the Hospice of Laramie’s mission.

“Although we care for the dying, we are in the business of living. I think you could really feel that at the event,” said Longhurst.

One of the biggest supporters of the event was the Laramie Home Brew club, which donated 19 kegs of home-made beers and ciders to the event. In an interview with Sam Foust, a long-time member and key figure in the Laramie Home Brew club, he mentioned a long-running relationship between the Hospice of Laramie and the Home Brew Club.

“Shannon [one of our oldest members] has a history with Terri Longhurst. They worked together on another event in the past, and somehow the idea just came up. It was a fun challenge, getting to make beer for this event. Most people don’t know that it isn’t legal to dispense home brews, whether it’s for money or not. Events like this are the exception since it’s a donation,” said Foust.

Foust voiced his opinion that the event would not have been such a success if so many different local organizations hadn’t come together both to reduce costs and cultivate a positive atmosphere. He believes that providing a cheap night out with food, beverages and live music drew a crowd that wouldn’t have attended the event had the amenities been different.

The Hospice of Laramie is a little known non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comfort and support to the dying and to the families of the dying. Their facilities, located in West Laramie, speak to this mission. The comfortable layout and friendly atmosphere are designed to provide the best personal, medical and spiritual support possible to those nearing the end of their journey. The organization also provides support to families of the dying, even after their loved one has moved on.

As a non-profit, the Hospice of Laramie relies heavily on funds generated out of their organization for support, which is why events like FeBREWary are so important. Although raising money for the Hospice of Laramie was the initial goal of the event, Longhurst explained that the event was a success in more than just a monetary manner.

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Local band Moral Panic gets ready to begin their set at Laramie Plains Civic Center for the FeBREWary fundraising event.

“Everyone was having a good time. We love having Moral Panic; I actually don’t know if we are their groupie or if they are ours. [laughs] They have played events for us before, and it seems like they are always ready to come provide music for us. The vibe of the event was so positive and it really helped raise awareness about who we are and what we do,” said Longhurst.

If you would like to know more about the Hospice at Laramie, the Laramie Home Brew Club, or how to get involved, follow any of the respective links or search the organizations on Facebook.

–BIS–

COJO 3530 – Looking Forward (Post 1)

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In sitting down and pondering the upcoming tasks and requirements of this course, along with looking at some of the blogs created by past students, I have become very anxious. This does not necessarily mean that I am dreading upcoming assignments and activities: unfortunately, the word “anxiety” has gained an exclusively negative connotation in modernity.

Specifically, some of the skills that I look forward to learning about primarily revolve around blog-making and “marketing oneself”. I have never created a blog or participated heavily in social media, so creating a blog about my exploits in the Communication/Journalism discipline should be a fresh, fun experience. I am also looking forward to honing my skills as a journalist. Although journalism is not necessarily a field that I plan to go into professionally, I greatly enjoy talking with people and discussing issues and causes they feel passionate about, including the close ties the field has to Public Relations and Marketing. I look forward to gaining knowledge about multimedia production and visual reporting, otherwise described as using images to tell the majority of a story.

As I consider which people, issues, and angles I would like to pursue as a pre-professional journalist, I feel very lucky to live in Laramie, Wyoming. The primary reason I say this is because the town is ripe with opportunities for fun and engaging journalism work. For example, I would like to report on Lebowski Day at Snowy Range Ski Area. The event can be simply described as a marriage of cult-film-making and snow culture in which participants head to the mountain for a day of great snow and a vibe of Dudeism (the religion/philosophy inspired by the film, “The Big Lebowski”). Reporting on this topic would be a lot of fun for me; I tend to spend quite a bit of time at Snowy Range during the winter season and have grown to love the friendly culture and multitude of community events. I have always sought a career in which I have opportunities to pursue personal interests within my professional duties, and reporting on this topic would be a wonderful way to achieve this goal.

Looking forward and attempting to predict how the future will turn out has never worked well for me. For this reason, I plan to stay optimistic and squeeze as much knowledge out of this experience as possible. I am excited to grow alongside my classmates and make a positive change in the world.

More soon…

 

Broc Seipp