Dress up and get down to help hospice at Doves and Diamonds

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Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News Beloit Regional Hospice marketing associate Britney McKay shows off some of the 5,000 paper doves a group of around 30 volunteers and staff folded to decorate this year's Doves and Diamonds Gala.

BELOIT - Registration is still open for this year's Beloit Regional Hospice Doves and Diamonds Gala, and officials hope to make this year's event the largest yet.

The gala will be held from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Eclipse Center and marks the 15th year for the event. This year's theme is peace, according to Beloit Regional Hospice marketing associate Britney McKay.

Since March, McKay and a group of around 30 staff and volunteers have been hard at work folding paper doves - 5,000, in fact.

"It seemed fun and appropriate," McKay said. "It's in our logo as a symbol of peace and it's something we work really hard to bring into our patients' lives. It's a fun night for people to get dressed up, go dancing and celebrate. We know how important it is to go out and have a good time with your friends. People think it could be heavy, but we know why we're there."

This year's top prizes, two sought-after pieces of jewelry from the Gem Shop in Rockton, will be given away at the event.

The necklace, available by buying raffle tickets, features a 14K rose gold diamond bypass halo pendant with a round 0.50 ct sangria moissanite on a 14k rose gold diamond cut wheat chain. It retails for $1,200. The winner's name will be drawn at the event, but they do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are available at the Gem Shop, 110 W. Main St., Rockton, or at the Beloit Regional Hospice office, 655 Third St., Suite 200. Each ticket for the necklace is $10 or three can be purchased for $25.

The ring is only for an attendee and will be given away to a lucky guest at the event. It is a 14k rose gold diamond bypass halo ring with round 1ct sangria moissanite. It retails at $2,500.

For more information and to register for the gala, visit www.beloitregionalhospice.com.

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