New Braunfels, TX, December 01, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The Hope Hospice Foundation’s inaugural Masquerade Ball netted over $55,000, raising funds for Hope Hospice’s hospice and bereavement programs. Hope has been providing hospice and bereavement services to individuals and families regardless of their insurance or financial situation since 1984 and demand for these services is on the rise. A recent grant from the McKenna Legacy Foundation has made it possible to continue hosting additional grief camps throughout the year with licensed counseling staff, but funding from this event was needed to continue things such as support groups and individual counseling. There is also a serious need for hospice services among younger families who have lost healthcare coverage due to an inability to work. As of November 1, Hope has provided residents of this community with over $120,000 worth of unreimbursed hospice services in 2011.
About 250 people attended the event, including Miss Austin, whose appearance was sponsored by Celebrations Bridal and Formal Wear. Eight local artists created one-of-a-kind masks that were auctioned off. The masks were modeled by Mid-Texas Symphony Debutantes and local university students. Ernesto’s Jewelry Factory supplied jewelry for the evening to the Mask Models and Miss Austin. Scott Jarisch of 764 West created the winning mask, a stunning, custom-molded tiger won by Brannon Brooke.
Scott Jarisch, a fourth generation New Braunfels native, received his Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. Trained primary in pottery and sculpture, his art ranges from classical pieces to experiments in form and design. His pen and ink crosshatching is especially hard edged and intense. Jarisch’s passionate use of line and patterns is also evident in his oil and acrylic paintings. Skilled in woodworking, Jarisch has been a professional custom picture framer for the last sixteen years. In 1998, along with Jean Longone, he opened his own contemporary art gallery and custom picture framing shop in New Braunfels, Texas.