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Night of a Thousand Stars, Annual Gala to Benefit Gaston Hospice


An Evening of Dinner and Dancing Under the Stars

Gaston Hospice is pleased to announce they will hold their annual gala, Night of a Thousand Stars, on Saturday, April 16 at the City of Mount Holly Municipal Complex, located at 400 East Central Avenue in Mount Holly. Guests will enjoy a night of dinner, dancing and good times with proceeds supporting Gaston Hospice and the Robin Johnson House.

“For nearly 35 years, Gaston Hospice has provided exemplary end-of-life care to patients and their families,” said Candi Lethcoe, Chairman, Gaston Hospice Board of Directors. “This event is not only a way to for guests to support Gaston Hospice, it is also a celebration of the lives that have been touched by Gaston Hospice.”

Night of a Thousand Stars is the inspiration of longtime musician Ron Ownbey, former Gastonia Mayor Jennie Stultz, and former Hospice Development Coordinator Ann Davis. First developed as a way to thank Gaston Hospice for its services to the community, the event ran strong from 1999 to 2002. After a 12-year hiatus, the event was brought back last year with a sold out black-tie gala and dance at Loray Mill. And this year, guests can expect the same level of good times and great fun in a new location in Mount Holly. As the name implies, the stars, along with dinner and dancing, are key components of the event. Remembrance stars, which can be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one, will be hung to decorate the event space.

“We are grateful to our community and supporters for making Night of a Thousand Stars possible again this year,” said Richard Lahm, Executive Director of Gaston Hospice. “An event like this helps us raise awareness about the resources we provide patients and families, while raising funds to support our mission, and also offers the opportunity to celebrate those we have cared for along the way.”

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a reception at Discover YOU! Dinner follows at 7:00 p.m. with a live auction featuring a Disney/Orlando resort package, weekend getaway at Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock and much more. The gala concludes with dancing and entertainment performed by Raynard Gibson and Lauren Barnett of Duet Lane. Learn more about this soulful singing duo and hear samples of their music at

Event Details

When: Saturday, April 16

Where: City of Mount Holly Municipal Complex, 400 East Central Ave., Mt. Holly

Gala Ticket ($250 each) includes: reception, dinner, live auction and dance ticket. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

Dance Ticket ($50 each) includes: admission to the Night of a Thousand Stars dance includes two drink tickets, light refreshments and cash bar. Dance begins at 8:30 p.m.

Dance Ticket Package ($400) includes: 10 dance tickets

Remembrance Star ($25 each): Gold and silver stars decorate the evening with gold stars for memory of your loved one and silver stars in honor of your loved one.

For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets and remembrance stars, please click here. Tickets can also be purchased at Gaston Hospice located at 258 E Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054.

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