The fourth annual Hoedown for Hospice attracted a steady stream of community members, including the Badlands Big Sticks, Tuesday, July 27, in support of end-of-life care.

CHI Health at Home - Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson hosted its annual fundraiser event at the Prairie Hills Mall parking lot with a $5 suggested donation. Attendees were served smoked brisket, beans and chips topped with YUM Froyo ice cream. With such a generous community in the city, Dickinson’s CHI Hospice Director Wendy Baumgarten said that this event and its contributors are highly appreciated.

“This is important (because) hospice can't keep going without donations. We are funded through Medicare, but we also fall short for every day for Medicare funding... Typically $25 that we're short for every patient every day,” Baumgarten noted. “So fundraising is just an essential part of keeping hospice going, and the community sees that need and they've met that need every year for us to keep going and providing end-of-life care for Dickinson as well as the surrounding communities.”

In 2020, the Hoedown for Hospice event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and hosted a fundraising campaign instead, said Director Wendy Baumgarten of CHI Health at Home - Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson. This event spurred when Choice Bank in Fargo initiated the event with another hospice and later approached CHI Health at Home - Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson to join in this fundraiser, Baumgarten said.

“We work together on this venture. It's our fourth year and it feels like it flows pretty nicely. The Big Sticks have been added the last couple years — (that) really helps with our serving and they help us with tearing down the tents and setting up tents,” Baumgarten said. “So (there’s) just really a lot of community involvement, a lot of community support overall.”

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To help support Dickinson’s hospice, visit bankwithchoice.com/dickinsonhospice.