Annual Events

Niagara Hospice and community groups and individuals host dozens of events each year to help support the Niagara Hospice mission of providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time. Listed below are our featured annual events. For a complete list of upcoming events that benefit Niagara Hospice, visit the Event Calendar page.

Spring Bouquet

Held annually in March right before the official beginning of spring, the Spring Bouquet Sale enlists the help of churches, businesses, schools and organizations throughout Niagara County to help sell beautiful, fresh bouquets of flowers. This event relies heavily on volunteers and our community partners to be successful. Become a pre-sale coordinator, a walk-up sale location, or help deliver during the week of the sale. If you are interested in helping with the sale, call our Special Events Department at 716-280-0766.

Hospice Gran Fondo

What is a Gran Fondo? A Gran Fondo is a type of ride that originated in Italy and translates to Big Ride. Known as a party on wheels, Gran Fondos offer food and refreshments along the route and are followed by huge post-race parties. The Niagara Hospice Gran Fondo offers all that and more! Food and refreshments are available along the routes, with several of the refreshment stops at various Niagara Wine Trail wineries. The wineries also offer tastings and sell wine by the bottle at the post-race party. The post-race party features live music, draft beer, wine tastings, fruit, water, and more! The Hospice Gran Fondo is a family friendly event offering riders of all abilities the opportunity to ride along some of the most beautiful bike routes WNY has to offer. Riders can ride 62 miles (100 km), 30 miles, 15 miles, and 5 miles. For more information, visit

Jack Beatty Memorial Cruise and Clambake

The Jack Beatty Memorial Cruise and Clambake is held every summer at the Youngstown Yacht Club. Local skippers generously donate their boats to take you on a leisurely cruise up the Niagara River. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live music while you're on the water. After the cruise, return to the beautiful Youngstown Yacht Club for a fabulous clambake dinner and more live entertainment.

Memorial Butterfly Release

Let your memories take flight at the annual Niagara Hospice Memorial Butterfly Release. Held in July on the Niagara Hospice campus in Lockport, guests enjoy music, refreshments, kid's activities and more! Participants can pre-order live butterflies to partake in the mass release, as well as other memorial items in memory of loved ones. The butterflies are released together following a short program conducted by Niagara Hospice staff and volunteers. The beauty of the butterflies as they are released - symbolizing change and transition - creates a healing activity for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. View Butterfly Release photos

Mighty Niagara Half Marathon / Niagara Hospice Dash 5K

The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon was first introduced by event chairman Paul Beatty, Jr. in the fall of 2011 as the Hospice Dash Half Marathon. The event was such a huge success that Niagara Hospice decided to promote the race on a national level and make it a premier annual event. The  dedicated race committee has gone to great lengths to make sure that this is the one race you will want to mark on your calendar year after year. This race offers it all: a pre-race concert, 15 to 20 live bands, historic sites, beautiful views of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, post-race celebration, high-quality racing t-shirts, custom-made race medals to commemorate your great achievement, great food, and so much more!
So, are YOU mighty? For more information visit: The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon  or: Hospice Dash
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Cocktails & CA$H

Our longest standing event, Cocktails & CA$H is an exciting night of prizes and suspense! Cash prizes up to $5000 awarded through a reverse raffle, 50/50 split, huge basket auction, wheel of prizes and a Mills Jewelers diamond raffle! Tickets include dinner for 2, drinks and a chance to win cash prizes. View event photos


The annual December Light-a-Life Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony offers families a chance to take a moment and reflect during the hustle and bustle of the season to focus on themselves and those they are missing this holiday season. The holidays can be especially difficult for those who have lost someone close to them. The Niagara Hospice Bereavement Department coordinates the tree lighting ceremony that includes music, refreshments and a special photo slideshow. Memory tags for your home tree and other memorial items are also available for a donation. View event photos

For details about upcoming Niagara Hospice events, visit the Event Calendar page or contact the Events Department via e-mail.

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