Center for hope and healing hosts fundraiser |

Center for hope and healing hosts fundraiser

Staff Reports

The Douglas Center for Hope and Healing is hosting a fundraiser Jan. 21, and the whole family is invited.

The event is at 2276 Pinenut Road in a barn and begins at 4:30 p.m. with a no-host bar. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and features Dungeness crab and steak, catered by Bella Vita Catering.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under age 9.

The Douglas Center for Hope and Healing was created last year to provide a free resource for grieving families, teens and children.

“We opened our doors last year, and we’re up and running,” said Jodi Wass, center director.

The center offers peer support groups for adults, teens, and children ages 4 and older.

“From the response of our first group offered in November, the need is definitely there,” Wass said.

The center is supported by community donations, fundraisers and grant writing, Wass said.

Bella Vita is donating part of the proceeds from the catering to the nonprofit organization.

Wass said the evening includes dancing to music by Mixed Company and a silent auction.

The center is modeled after the Solace Tree in Reno which has helped more than 3,000 children, teens and families cope with the loss of a loved one.

Wass asked that reservations be made by Jan. 19, but tickets will be available at the door.

For ticket information, call (775) 790-0505; information about the center is at (775) 450-2826, or visit the Web site,