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Good Cause: ‘High Notes’ hospice benefit

Families commemorating the care of a loved one at hospice have created fundraisers that, a decade or more later, have become lively, meaningful ways to remember to celebrate life each and every day.

From 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. June 9, guests are encouraged to sport cocktail attire and their dancing shoes for “High Notes,” the annual Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation (JAACF) benefit dinner dance.

The fun benefit is at the Centennial Center, Homewood Suites Center Valley, 3350 Center Valley Parkway, Upper Saucon Township.

“As we raise funds for the delivery of nourishing meals to families and staff at hospice, our intent is to always host a fun, lively evening as we believe life is precious and sometimes far too short, “ says Robert Agentis, founder of the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation.

During the event, guests will enjoy two lands, including Emmitt Harris and New Groove during the cocktail hour. After dinner, The Toga Party Band is set to play favorites from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s for dancing.

Laurie Hackett of Air Products will serve as auctioneer, with Margaret Walters as emcee. Back by popular demand is the live, silent, and Grand Dessert Auction.

The “High Notes” event commemorates 10 years of JAACF hospice meal deliveries and the founding of the JAACF Palliative Care Education and Fellowship Fund at St. Luke’s University Health Network, the first in Pennsylvania.

“High Notes” Major Sponsors include Air Products, The Tammy Nicotera One Realty Group, and St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Ticket information: https://www.jaacf.org

St. Luke’s Charity Bike Ride:

Or, if the great outdoors is calling you, starting at 10 a.m. June 3, the St. Luke’s Hospice Charity Bike Ride is ready to roll out its annual “Get Your Tail on the Trail” approved activity.

The ride was founded in 2010 by the family of a former hospice patient. Today, the ride brings hundreds of bicycle enthusiasts of all abilities out for a day of camaraderie, nature and exercise.

Participants choose to complete a 20- or 30-mile ride along the picturesque Lehigh River on the D & L Trail.

The fun begins at the Lehighton Trailhead, 200 N. Main Lane, Lehighton. The ride raises funds and awareness of hospice care.

To register: https://www.slhn.org/visiting-nurse-association

“Good Cause” is a column about galas, benefits and fund-raisers. If you have an item for “Good Cause,” or would like to request for your event to be covered, email: Paul Willistein, Focus editor, pwillistein@tnonline.com

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Robert Agentis leads off a conga line during a previous “High Notes” benefit for Hospice Meals and the JAACF Education Fellowship at St. Luke's University Health Network.