HOWA Happenings

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) would never be able to operate without the community support we receive. In addition to funds provided from the United Way, local churches and memorial donations from individuals, HOWA has two major fundraising events annually: Cabaret Night and a 5K.

In addition to the fundraisers, we also have several other events that are free and open to the community. See the information below for a general description of our annual events. A more detailed page may be found under the HOWA Happenings menu closer to the time of the event, and dates will be added to the Upcoming Events Calendar as they become available.

The HOWA 5K is held in the spring and is a reunion, in a way, as many families of former patients participate, as well as many members of the Tuscaloosa Track Club. Participants can choose to run in memory or honor of a loved one, giving their walk a personal meaning. The event includes activities for the entire family, and it gets bigger and better every year.

Cabaret Night is held in the fall and has been the major fundraising event for HOWA for over 30 years. It’s an event where members of the community come together with the staff to support the mission of HOWA. The evening typically consists of food, entertainment, and prizes, and our theme has varied from silent auctions to casino night.

Night of Lights is held in the fall. It is a free memorial celebration for children, teens, and their families who have experienced the loss of someone close to them. The event provides a therapeutic activity that is specifically designed for children and teens to address the grieving process. In addition, parents and/or guardians have the opportunity to participate and receive information to assist them in supporting their child or teen during the grieving process.

Another annual event that HOWA hosts is the Community End of Life Forum. This is a one-day educational conference that is free to the community. The EOL Forum is held in November, which is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. It features several speakers that provide information on different topics related to end of life issues. CEU credit is available for licensed nurses, social workers, and counselors.

The Candlelight Memorial Services are non-denominational services held annually to remember those in our community who have passed within the year. Each service features special music, inspirational thoughts and readings, and a special lighting of a candle by those in attendance in memory of someone who has died. The spring service is held in May and a holiday service is held in December.