Over 650 attendees went on safari at the Haven Hospice ViVA! 2015 -- African Safari fundraising event at Rembert Farms on April 18 with dancing, music, incredible food, live and silent auctions, and a display of African art from local collectors.
Attendees were transported to another continent by music and dance performance from the University of Florida African Studies Department, singing by the University of Florida Africa Choir and incredible cuisine with a West African flavor from Blue Water Bay. Attendees enjoyed a silent auction of over 180 items, a live auction, gaming tents, bourbon tastings and fortune telling. The evening ended on a crescendo with a spectacular fireworks display.
This is the second year ViVA! celebrated with an African Safari theme which was inspired by the relationship between Haven Hospice and Grahamstown Hospice -- Haven’s sister hospice organization in Grahamstown, South Africa. The organizations were paired up by Global Partners in Care, a subsidiary, non-profit foundation through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
“The revenue raised at ViVA! impacts Haven patients and families all year around, and we are so very grateful," said Haven Hospice Fundraising and Special Events Coordinator Stephanie Brod. All proceeds from the event will benefit unreimbursed programs and services for Haven Hospice patients and families.