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Chairperson: Janet Dow Carney 918-899-3721

Publicity: Linda Keller 918-333-0507



Renowned Saxophonist Grady Nichols and His Band to Play for May Fundraising Gala


BARTLESVILLE, OK – The Journey Home, a compassionate care home for the terminally ill, is announcing plans for its Summer Breeze Ball, a lavish formal/semi-formal fundraiser at Bartlesville Community Center on May 21, from 8 till 11 p.m. The gala will feature nationally known saxophonist Grady Nichols and his band providing music for dancing plus a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet provided by caterer Pam Baumgard.

Dr. and Mrs. John Hatchett will host the gala and The Journey Home president, Doug Quinn, and vice president, Jody Shorter, will emcee. Shelly Buhlinger and Brian Brurud will be guest speakers.

Highlighting the evening will be a silent auction and a spirited live auction with Pam Elvington as auctioneer.

That portion of the evening will feature a number of enticing high ticket items including two vacations to Bella Vista, Arkansas, a wood vase by carver Calvin Berry of Vinita, a handmade quilt donated by Mary Lou Dow, and a sterling silver pendant specially designed by McCoy’s Jewelry for event. Other live auction items include a haircut and color makeover by Chad Louis Designs & Hair Lofte, a handcrafted wooden platter made by renowned woodworker Dwight Boesiger; airline tickets from Spears Travel, a hot air balloon ride for two; and a stained glass piece of art by Mitzi McGregor.

The silent auction will feature such items as a photo session with Chris Rathbone Photography; a membership and monogramed afghan from Woolaroc; tickets to OK Mozart’s 2016 Woolaroc Outdoor Concert; a Mercury glass accessory from The French Nest; Day of Pampering from Gail’s Hairstyling; gift basket from Dr. Steven Armstrong DDS including electric toothbrush with four heads, a gift from Bob Loftis Home Furnishings, doggie basket from Bartlesville Animal Hospital, karate lessons, a beautiful doll from Kidz Korner, a Western bling purse from P&G Purses, a gift package from Second Love and Miss Marty’s Tea Room in Dewey, and much more!

Photographer Roxanne King will be take formal portraits available for purchase by attending couples.

Single tickets are priced at $75 per person, and include complimentary food, beer and wine with mixed drinks available for purchase. Sponsored tables for eight are available at $800. The table cost includes food, beer and wine, as well as two complimentary mixed drinks per person. Summer Breeze Ball tickets are available now by calling Committee Chair, Janet Dow Carney at 918-899-3721 or Kristy Kier at 918-914-1662.


About The Journey Home

“The Journey Home is a respite hospice model–a nonprofit, compassionate care home for the terminally ill in their final days,” explains Dr. John Hatchett. It was a project he initiated several years ago to fill a community need. The local surgeon, now semi-retired is certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and serves as Medical Director at Cornerstone Hospice and Medical Lodge in Dewey.

“Things get so complicated at the very end.  The Journey Home frees the family to take care of details as well as spend time with their loved one expressing feelings or making amends, rather than having to administer day-to-day care. This is a really wonderful place in that the majority prefer to die at home surrounded by their family members, rather than the hospital or a nursing home.”

The Journey Home is the very next best thing.  It is a comfortable three-bedroom home with kitchen, living room and dining room, where guests can move around as their ability allows.  It is also furnished and dedicated to allow spending final days together, including comfortable overnight stays for family members. “We offer 24-hour care not only for the guest, but their loved ones as well,” says Executive Director and Grief Counselor, Mona Huckaby, R.N.

“While our sole priority is making sure guests are comfortable and cared for, we also help the families through the most difficult of times,” she says, adding that Bartlesville’s is one of just two social hospice homes in Oklahoma, and only the eighth in the country.

The Journey Home supplements the hospice provider’s medical plan for pain and symptom management by offering services needed to enhance comfort. “These include meal preparation, medication administration, assistance with person hygiene, companionship, family support and grief counseling,” says board member, Janet Dow Carney.

“Guests generally stay 30 days or less…some a little longer. Each bedroom has a television and enough space to accommodate family members who are welcome to stay as little or as much as they like,” she adds.

Care is provided by a loving staff and volunteers—all highly skilled and well trained. “Our caregivers are simply awesome, and they’ve grown in number to seven staff members and 15 volunteers,” Carney adds.

All guests stay at no charge to them or their families. Support to meet operating costs comes from The Journey Home Foundation, a nonprofit dependent on grants, private donations and fundraisers. Volunteer Kristy Kier notes that prior to opening, the organization sponsored six years of fundraisers, most of them golf tournaments, to accumulate enough to obtain The Journey Home house on Kentucky Street, north of Jane Phillips Outpatient Surgery Center.

“It’s amazing how well we get to know the families and how close we become,” notes Summer Breeze Ball chairperson, Janet Dow Carney. “Our relationship becomes very personal and in the end, it is we who feel blessed to have come to know them.”

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Honorary host for the Summer Breeze Ball, founder Dr. John Hatchett, offers comfort to one of The Journey Home guests, Mrs. Helen Howard.


The Journey Home fundraiser committee members, Holly Adams and Penny Quinn put finishing touches on of the Summer Breeze Ball centerpieces.