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Hypnotist and comedian team up for fundraiser

by Sarah Hauck

Mind control, comedy and dancing are what Douglas Center for Hope and Healing bring to their guests at their annual fundraiser Nov. 7.

Douglas Hope and Healing is hosting Trance and Dance from 6-11 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Carson Valley Inn.

“Two years ago WISE (Women Inspiring Service and Education) adopted us and they did just the hypnotist,” President and Cofounder of the center Jodi Wass said. “It was a huge hit and a lot of fun and we wanted to add a twist to this year’s event.”

Presenting a 15-minute opening comedy act is Sally Mauldin.

Hypnotist Dan Kimm will take the stage at 7 p.m.

“Sally is a local resident that was taught by a local teacher,” Wass said. “We thought the comedy and the hypnotist would be a neat way to put a twist on the fundraiser by adding a couple of fun things. Dan is just a great entertainer and a ton of fun.”

The Douglas Center for Hope and Healing has been open since April 2011, surviving solely on funraising efforts.

Wass said without the fundraisers the grief support the center provides, like the most recent Grief Camp, for the community would not be a possible.

“Our goal is to never have to charge or turn someone away because they can’t afford our services,” she said. “We are very proud that we’ve been able to keep afloat for five years through fundraising.”

Douglas Center for Hope and Healing’s fundraising events not only help pay for overhead costs to keep the center’s doors open, but also for the services available to the community.

One of the largest outreaches the center provides is the grief support groups that meet twice a month.

“Our fundraisers also help provide grief backpacks to community members whether they are kids or teens or adults, that don’t want to attend a support group, but still need the help working through their grief process,” Wass said.

Just as the center provides different services, Hypnotist Kimm also wears more than one hat.

Dancing, with music provided by Kimm as DJ will follow his act.

“Dan suggested we keep the party rolling and host a dance after his show,” Wass said.

Some of the children who visit the center will have their art work displayed at the event.

Seeing the kids’ art is always a favorite for Wass.

“Art is a great healing tool for grief,” she said. “People really love seeing the kids’ work and I really love watching people look at their art.”

Although the fundraiser is financial necessity, Wass said it also serves as something she looks forward to.

“It’s always such a fun event and it’s nice to have something you have to do to keep a float, but allows us to get together with friends,” she said. “It is so good to be able to get together and laugh and have a good time. Grief work is so hard and challenging. Its not easy work to help someone that is going through the grieving process. It is nice to be able to lighten up and laugh and refill your cup so you can go back at it and help a griever. Laughter is a healer in and of itself.”

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 450-0329.

A no host bar begins at 6 p.m. with comedy at 6:45 and the hypnotist at 7 p.m.

The dance will be from 9-11 p.m.