Tattoos and Hospice of Wake County


Pretty In Pink and Hospice of Wake County

Lacie and Blake

Lacie and Blake

Today’s blog topic is Tattoos and Hospice…once again a title that makes you stop and wonder how they go together right?  The tattoo part represents a fantastic fundraiser event for Pretty In Pink that Blake and I attended last week.  The fundraiser was held at Phoenix Tattoo, a client of Smith & Smith, CPA, located in downtown Raleigh.  The owner, Lacie Frain, personally invited Blake and me to attend.  The breast cancer benefit was in memory of Val Helton.  The Helton family has also been a long time client of Smith & Smith, CPA and it was really nice to see Shawn Helton at the event.

Quilt by Lacie Frain

Quilt by Lacie Frain

  Phoenix Tattoo was a great place for the fundraiser and the party featured a live DJ, refreshments and raffle prizes.  The walls were decorated with framed art by some of the tattoo artists and one of the items up for auction was this really awesome quilt, handmade by Lacie Frain herself (so not only is Lacie a talented tattoo artist, but also good with quilting and other crafts).  Blake and I ended up being the top bidder on the quilt, so we’ll be getting it next week YEA!  Phoenix Tattoo is located off of Hillsborough Street and offers custom tattooing and welcomes clients by appointments and walk-ins.  They have tons and tons of tattoo books to look through (some will blow your mind!) as well as a Art Gallery inside the studio. I’m not sure on an exact figure, but last I heard from Lacie they had raised over $1,500 for Pretty In Pink!  I’m sure that number was higher by the time the event ended later in the night.   Thanks to all the Pretty In Pink does for breast cancer survivors in and around this area.

Hospice of Wake County tour

Hospice of Wake County tour

Earlier in the week I joined 18 other women from the Cary Women’s Giving Network (part of the Cary Community Foundation) for a tour of Hospice of Wake County.  This was a lunch & learn event with a tour of the facility, and the opportunity tot learn about the ongoing efforts on behalf of families of Wake County.  The Hospice of Wake County facility was built three years ago and houses 20 rooms, 300+ staff, 400+ volunteers, plus an on-site grief center that is open to the public.

hospHospice of Wake County was uniquely founded over 35 years ago by a physician and is unique it was formed strictly to meet community needs and is a non-profit organization.  The staff is very proud of the fact that since 1979 a patient has never been turned away because of financial need.  I can honestly say that Hospice is a very caring place and that they focus on helping individuals and families deal with the final end of life stages.  God Bless the Hospice workers & volunteers.  Thank you Sarah Perkins of the Cary Women’s Giving Network for setting up this lunch & learn experience for us with Hospice of Wake County!


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