Meeker community supports HopeWest at annual fundraiser

MEEKER | “Under the Big Top”, a fundraising event that supports HopeWest’s ability to continue to provide its services at no cost to Meeker families, will transform the Fairfield Community Center into an unforgettable circus extravaganza. This event held on Sept. 29 benefits Meeker’s nonprofit palliative care and grief support program.

The evening’s events will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner, auctions, games and prizes. The night will continue with dancing to the music of Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanoes.   

All proceeds from this event will support Meeker services including, palliative care, grief support for adults and the HopeWest Kids grief program. Completely funded by philanthropy, these programs help ease the uncertainty for patients facing serious illness regardless of life expectancy, as well as, walk loved ones through the grief journey.

“During this event, I’m always reminded of the commitment our community has to the HopeWest program,” said Solveig Olson, director of HopeWest. “What it really comes down to is caring for your neighbor. Because of this support, someone you love could benefit from the relief of pain and symptoms of a serious illness or discover hope and healing.”

Twenty-five years ago, HopeWest, a community-driven hospice, palliative care and grief support program was introduced to Grand Junction. In 2013, after responding to the request of the Meeker community, HopeWest developed HopeWest-Meeker to establish services for people who had life-limiting diagnosis and their families.

In 2017, $30,000 was raised at the HopeWest-Meeker event, formerly known as Wicked, to support the community program. Monies raised both at the event and through individual donations funded:

11 palliative care patients

Five school grief groups serving 11 high school teens, eight middle school children and nine elementary school children

Bereavement support to eight grieving adults

The purchase of a specialty bed for palliative care patient to use at Pioneer’s Hospital for seriously ill patients

Tickets for the Meeker Gala are only $60. Seating is limited, and sponsorships are still available. To reserve your seat call Katie at 970-683-4919 or register online at

About HopeWest

HopeWest is a non-profit hospice, palliative care and grief support organization dedicated to profoundly change the way the community experiences aging, serious illness and grief–one family at a time. Founded in 1993 through a community-wide vision, HopeWest now serves more than 4,000 individuals each year across 8,000 square miles of western Colorado in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray and Rio Blanco Counties. For more information about HopeWest visit


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