Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) would never be able to operate without the community support it receives. 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 annual events that are free and open to the community.
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.
Camp Daybreak is a free one-day bereavement camp, normally held in October, for children ages 6 to 13 who have experienced the loss of someone close to them. Click here for more information.
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 and features several speakers that provide information on different topics related to end of life issues.
The Candlelight Memorial Service is a non-denominational service 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 memorial service is held in December.