Center for hope and healing hosts fundraiser |

Center for hope and healing hosts fundraiser

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The Douglas Center for Hope and Healing is hosting its third annual fundraiser March 29 at 2276 Pinenut Road, Gardnerville.

The event, from 5-10 p.m., features a Dungeness crab and steak feed as well as a silent auction and raffles.

Proceeds from the event will help the center continue its mission to help grieving children, teenagers and adults, and their families in Douglas County.

The center offers free support groups, resources, and sends children to a summer grief camp at Lake Tahoe.

A no-host bar begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children ages 8 and under.

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Organizers recommended reservations be made in advance as the event sells out every year.

The fundraiser is being held in the Connolly Barn, off Pinenut Road.

The center gives children and their families opportunities for sharing and self-expression in healthy ways to override feelings of loss, anger, guilt and depression that could surface months and years after a death, said founder Jodi Wass.

It's modeled after the Solace Tree in Reno, whose founder, Emilio Parga, was instrumental in helping Wass get the Douglas group started.

Wass estimated 25 families are helped annually by the center.

Wass works with a board of directors and a team of volunteers who undergo 16 hours of training. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact the center or visit the web site.

The center also offers a 24-hour hotline.

Limited tickets are available at the door, or in advance by calling 450-2826 or 691-1955.

The Center for Hope and Healing is at 1677 Lucerne St., Suite B, Minden. Information: 775-450-0329,

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