Mark Wahlberg speaks at 25th-annual Hoffmann Hospice fundraiser


Nearly $150,000 was raised for Hoffmann Hospice at their 25th-annual Voices of Inspiration fundraiser, an event that featured guest speaker Mark Wahlberg.

The evening is the biggest fundraiser for Kern County’s only full-service, non-profit hospice home.

Big names from Michael J. Fox to Michael Phelps and Reba McEntire have been special guests in the past.

“We’ve been blessed to take care of a lot of people in this community, and a lot of times, they come back and support just because of the care they’ve been given,” said Hoffmann Hospice co-founder, Beth Hoffmann.

More than 1,100 people came to the event–many of whom have been touched by the organization.

“What we do as a hospice is we take care of the family as a whole, going through that end-of-life process,” Hoffmann said. “Family is very important to Mark. (Wahlberg), so it was a good fit.”

“It’s a testament of how many lives in this community that Hoffmann really makes a lasting impact on them,” said board member Darlene Mohlke.

The organization helped her through the passing of her parents and the death of her best friend.

“We’ll raise money for the social programs they offer, which are counseling services. they do not ask for a dime,” Mohlke said.

The money raised will go toward end-of-life services for terminally ill patients and free grief counseling for families.

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