Martha's Place To Hold Barn Dance Fundraiser In September

Martha’s Place, a non-profit organization established to develop a home-like environment for the residents in eastern Montana, will be holding a barn dance Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Richland County Fairgrounds. It will be a fundraiser for the construction that needs to be done to bring the future hospice into existence.

On Aug. 9, 2022, a ribbon cutting for a new non-profit hospice house, just south of Sidney, tasked with providing the dying with a safe and supportive environment for them to move to the other side.

Martha Nugent and her husband, Richard Garcia, were living in Texas when she felt God gave her a vision that she would build a hospice called Martha’s Place. She has a passion for the elderly and the dying so she chose a career encompassing her interests. They moved to Sidney in 2020 for her work and joined St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. In 2021, a fellow parishioner approached Martha and her husband. He had just purchased a large house at an auction and said he wanted to do something for the elderly with it and thought of them. Richard and Martha, both felt it was God providing for what He wanted her to do. The work was started and, on June 27, 2022, the non-profit paperwork was finally accepted by the IRS.

Martha’s Place will be available to anyone who chooses not to die in a facility regardless of social status or ability to pay. So far, the project has been paid for by fundraisers, donations, and grants.

The barn dance will be held in the cattle barn at the fairgrounds starting at 5 p.m. Cimarron Band from Billings will be playing live music. The Cattle-Ac will be providing food and drinks. There will be a mechanical bull, live, and silent auctions. Martha’s Place wanted to offer special thanks to Bakken Balloon for their balloon decorations as well as Ryan and Nicki Bell for the haybales.

Four admission tickets for the National Finals Rodeo 2023 in Las Vegas, NV, Dec. 7-16, 2023 at the Thomas and Mack Center are being raffled off as an additional fundraiser. Raffle tickets will go on sale Monday, July 17-Sept. 15, at Wild Cat Trucking, Sidney. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the Barn Dance until 8 p.m. The winner will be announced at the Barn Dance at 9 p.m.

For more information or to donate items for the live and silent auctions, contact Martha by phone at 832-330-4931 or check them out on Facebook.

 

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