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Betty Leonard Reflects on Friends of Hospice Oktoberfest

As Friends of Hospice Celebrate their 31st annual OktoberfestBetty Leonard Reflects on the First Event The weather was especially hot for the Friends of Hospice’s 31st annual Oktoberfest event.  The signature fundraising event has something for everyone: food, music, and silent and live auctions that include vacations and weekend get-aways; fine wines from local wineries; original artwork by local artisans; tickets to sports events and shows; and gift certificates to the area’s best restaurants, stores and beauty salons. Each year, hundreds of supporters attend what has become a community treasure and a way to support our county’s only non-profit hospice organization. Recently Betty Leonard, one of the founding members of the Friends of Hospice, sat down with us to reflect upon the first Oktoberfest event in 1983.  “It all started with Julie King,” explained Betty.  “She was the one who had the idea for a fundraiser – a big party