26th Annual Jennings County Gala

Mark your calendars for a night of elegance and purpose! We are thrilled to announce that the 26th Annual Our Hospice Jennings County Gala will take place on February 3rd, 2024, at the beautiful Barn at Willow Lake.

The Jennings County Gala is a spectacular event that serves as a vital fundraiser for our organization, with all proceeds directly supporting the compassionate care we provide to our patients and their families.

Join us in celebrating the legacy and impact of Our Hospice, while also making a difference in the lives of those we serve. We look forward to seeing you there.

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2024 Jennings County Gala Sponsors

Sponsor Levels

  • 2 Tables of Eight
  •  Gala Sponsor Plaque
  • Full page ad in the Gala program with full color business ad/logo
  • Business name and logo listed on Our Hospice website
  • Media recognition
  • Sponsor name announced at the event, business name or logo displayed on banner at event, and business name listed on table
  • Business name or logo listed on the Auction Website sponsor page

Provides 27 days of routine hospice care

  • 1 Table of Eight
  • Gala Sponsor Plaque
  • Full page ad in the Gala program with full color business ad/logo
  • Business name or logo listed on Our Hospice website
  • Media recognition
  • Sponsor name announced at event, business name or logo displayed on banner at event, and business name listed on table
  • Business name or logo listed on the Auction Website sponsor page

Provides 13 days of routine hospice care

 

  • Seating for Four
  • Half page ad in the Gala program with full color business ad/logo
  • Business name or logo listed on Our Hospice website
  • Media recognition
  • Sponsor name announced at event, business name or logo listed on banner at event, and business name listed on table
  • Business name or logo listed on the Auction Website sponsor page

Provides 5 days of routine hospice care

 

  • 1 Table of Eight
  • Business name listed in the Gala program
  • Business name or logo listed on Our Hospice website
  • Media recognition
  • Business name listed on table
  • Business name or logo listed on the Auction Website sponsor page

Provides 2 days of routine hospice care

  • Business name listed in the Gala program
  • Business name or logo listed on Our Hospice website
  • Business name listed on the Auction Website sponsor page

Provides 1 day of routine hospice care

 

2024 Jennings County Gala Queen Contestants

Alcorn-Quinlynn-V2

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parent is JoAnna Alcorn
  • Sibling is sister Raelynn Alcorn
  • Awards: National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, National Arts Honor Society

“I want to learn how to reach out and communicate with my community and how a little bit goes a long way for families that need it.

I’ve never branched out of my comfort zone but I’d like to take a step and be more outgoing.”

Burton-Addilyn-V2

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Karen Burton and Keith and Amy Burton
  • Siblings are Landen Burton, Jillian & Lilly Turner
  • Activities: German Club, 4H, Intern, Youth Group
  • Awards: National Honor Society, JV Cheerleading, Letter, German National Honor Society

“I hope to learn about the tremendous service Hospice provides to families. I know this understanding will assist me in my future nursing career.

I want to participate in the Hospice Gala in the hopes I will be actively involved in my community and be able to give to those in need.” 

Coleman-Chrisanna-V2

Junior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Sarah Coleman and Adam Coleman
  • Siblings are Luke Coleman, Ava Coleman (deceased)
  • Activities:  Key Club, Student Council, Class of 2025 Vice President, Jennings County Drug and Alcohol Task Force
  • Awards: 2022-2023 Key Club Most Valuable Officer, 2021-2022 Key Club Most Valuable Member, 2022 Academic Honors, Junior National Honor Society, and  A honor roll throughout elementary

“I hope to learn the importance of raising funds in order to keep this mission going. I also hope to learn ways to spread awareness of Hospice’s mission.

I would like to raise funds to give back to the organization that has greatly aided my family in hard times of death and grief.”

Conrad-Meredith-V2

Junior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Charly and Jessica Conrad
  • Siblings are Hunter Conrad and Camielle Conrad
  • Activities:  4H
  • Awards: Principal’s Award

“I hope to learn how I can help more in the world and the impact I can make.

I would love to participate because I would love to be more involved and I woud love to be more involved in the community.”

Day-Ava-V2

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Stacia Day and Chad Day
  • Sibling is Jackson Day
  • Activities: Tennis, Gym, Job: Chick-Fil-A
  • Awards: Citizenship Award, Member of HGS 2023, Honor Roll, Mill Race 5K – 3rd in my division in 2022, Participate and donate in 5K on “Turkey Day”, Volunteer for soup kitchen

“I hope to learn how to become more involved in my community. I hope to teach others about raising awareness as well. I also hope to develope public relations and project networking skills.

I want love to be more involved with my community and raise awareness. I love working with others and would love to participate in a good cause for the community.”

Fry-Chasity-V2

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Nicole Rees, Aaron Fry
  • Sibling is Ashton Fry
  • Activities: Key Club, Student Council
  • Awards: A & B Honor Roll

“I hope to learn the importance of raising money for such an important organization.

I want to be able to help people by raising money that could potentially help families.”

Halbert-Lauren-V2

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Rachel Willhite, Bobby Halbert, Billy Willhite (step-father)
  • Siblings are Lexie Halbert, Hannah Willhite
  • Activities: Working part-time at Grimson Oak and Pub, Intern half days at Ascension St. Vincent Jennings – Medical Imaging Department, and babysitting
  • Awards: Pursuing Academic Honors, Honor Roll

“I hope to learn about the importance behind raising awareness for this cause as well as creating a personal connection for Our Hospice and understanding the significance.

“I want to help raise money to make a difference for those a part of Our Hospiceto hopefully give some support that’s crucial to those in need.”

Hembree-Victoria-V2

Junior at Jennings County HS

  • Parent is Larry Hembree
  • Siblings are Robbert, Jenniffer, Levi and Buck
  • Activities: Drama Club
  • Awards: A/B Honors

“I hope to learn more about why this is important and how this will help future generations.

“I want to experience and help my community.”

Hyden-Anna-V2

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Trevor and Angie Hyden
  • Siblings are Riley and Izzy Hyden
  • Activities: Student Council, Tennis and Panther Student Leaders Yearbook Editor-in-Chief, Color Guard Captain, reading, cooking, volunteering, listening to Taylor Swift, being with friends and family
  • Awards: Miss Jennings County 1st Runner Up (2023), Miss Jennings County Pageant Best Interviewee (2022, 2023)

“I would like to learn ways I can help and give back to the organization who was there for my great-grandma in her final days.

Our Hospice has done so much for my family. When my great-grandmother passed away, we wanted it to be smooth and calm when she goes. Our Hospice helped us achieve that.”

Leach, Alana V2

Junior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Jill and Jon Leach
  • Siblings are Adam Leach, Alex Leach
  • Activities: 4H
  • Awards: Herdsmanship at Jennings County 4H Fair

“I hope to learn greater responsibility and to grow as a person.

I want to participate to meet new people in my community and be more involved in my county.” 

Leak-Taylor-V2

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Josh and Andrea Leak
  • Siblings are Carson and Dawson Leak
  • Activities: Cheerleading 6 years, Track 2 years, Cross Country 1 year, Swim 2 years, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Council, Student Athlete Leadership team
  • Awards: National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, 8 varsity letters

“I hope to learn how to better myself not only as an individual but as a competitor. I’ve never been in an individually competitive situation where my points aren’t affecting a team. I would like to learn how to properly handle myself in a situation like this.

My grandmother had cancer and spent the end of her fight in hospice. I am mainly doing this in her honor. Hospice is something important to me and raising money for this cause is something I care about deeply.

Lockhard-Alivia

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Skylar and Sandy Whitehead
  • Siblings are Hailey and Madison Lockhard and Shaelynn Whitehead
  • Activities: Varsity cheerleading, Daycare worker,  National Art Honor Society
  • Awards: On track to graduate with Academic Honors

 “I hope to learn how a small group of girls can help create such a huge impact on the community and learn how truly important this benefit is.

I participated last year and completely enjoyed not only the fun of the gala but seeing how much money we can raise for such an amazing organization.”

VictoriaSetser

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Lisa and James Setser
  • Sibling is Bradley Setser
  • Activities: Jennings Coumty High School National Honor Society
  • Awards: 2023 Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

“I want to learn how to better reach into my community for opportunities to help those who struggle to care for themselves get the care they deserve.

I want to be able to raise money in order to help hospice patients and their families get the best care possible.”

MackenzieWells

Senior at Jennings County HS

  • Parents are Dennis and Amanda Wells
  • Siblings are Devin Wells, Dylan Wells
  • Activities: National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Swim Team, Track & Field, Senior Class Secretary, Student Council, Key Club, Spell Bowl
  • Awards: News Anchor of the Year (2022-2023)

“I would hope to learn how to leave a positive impact on my community that will benefit many to come.  I hope to learn responsibility and leadership while taking pride in my community.

I would like to participate to help ones in Hospice and learn valuable life skills I can take to college and further on in my life.”