Unity Inaugural Luminary Walk Raises Over $30,000 for Region's Only Grief and Education Center

May 18, 2022

ome care and grief support, hosted its inaugural Luminary Walk to raise funds for Unity Grief and Education Center, the region’s only freestanding Center designed to support individuals and families of all ages who have experienced a death.

Under a beautiful sunset and guided by glowing luminaries, 150 participants walked in honor of a loved one or in support of someone grieving. Prior to the 1.5-mile stroll, participants enjoyed pre-walk activities including music and stations to personalize their commemorative Walk t-shirt and take a selfie with family and friends. Thanks to these walkers, along with 33 fundraising teams and event sponsor Nicolet Wealth, more than $30,000 was raised to help provide compassionate grief support at no charge to those in our communities.

Unity Grief Services Director Jenny Boeckman shared during an inspirational program, “For all of us on the Grief Services team, we consider it a true honor to come alongside those grieving. The opening of Unity Grief and Education Center creates a welcoming space in our community where grief and healing can be honored and shared. With your presence tonight, each of you are supporting the vision of Unity Grief and Education Center – the creation of community where no one grieves alone.”



Mark your calendar for Unity’s 2nd Annual Luminary Walk scheduled for Friday, May 12, 2023, at Heritage Hill State Park. Several sponsorship opportunities exist for businesses and individuals including:

  • Presenting Sponsor $10,000
  • Platinum T-Shirt Sponsor $5,000
  • Luminary Heart Sponsor $3,500
  • Refreshment Sponsor $2,000

To learn more about individual, family and group grief support offered by Unity’s team of licensed counselors, social workers and trained volunteers, please contact Unity Grief and Education Center at (920) 339-6700, email griefcenter@unityhospice.org or visit www.unityhospice.org. For questions related to 2023 sponsorship opportunities, contact Unity Director of Development Diana Butz at 920-339-5571.


About Unity Grief and Education Center

Established in November 2021, Unity Grief and Education Center is the first-of-its-kind facility in Northeast Wisconsin offering grieving individuals of all ages a safe haven to learn about grief, share experiences and find hope.

Located at 2079 Lawrence Drive in De Pere, Unity Grief and Education Center features dedicated counseling rooms to accommodate adults, children, and families in need of grief support, as well as a large room for education and public outreach. The Center is staffed by Unity’s experienced Grief Services team consisting of licensed counselors, social workers and trained volunteers. Recognizing that every individual grieves in a unique way, Unity offers a wide variety of services to anyone who has experienced a death including:

  • Individual Grief Counseling
  • Family Grief Counseling
  • Grief Support groups for children, teens, families and adults
  • Supportive Telephone calls
  • Memorial services
  • Newsletter and literature resources
  • Holiday support
  • Grief consultation for businesses and schools

Generous donations allow Unity Grief and Education Center to offer compassionate support at no charge. For more information about Unity Grief and Education Center or the 2nd annual Luminary Walk, call (920) 339-6700 or visit unityhospice.org/grief-support.

About Unity

Unity is a nonprofit provider of hospice care, supportive care, nonmedical home care and grief support across 13 counties throughout Northeast Wisconsin. A continuation of Bellin Hospice, Wisconsin’s first hospice program and the nation’s third, Unity is a partnership of Bellin Health, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. A true pioneer in caring for those coping with serious illness and end-of-life, Unity continues to lead the industry launching the state’s first palliative care program in 2002, the area’s first hospice residence in 2007, and the region’s only Grief and Education Center in 2021. As the only locally owned and operated nonprofit hospice agency in the region, Unity is the sole provider of inpatient hospice at seven area hospitals including Bellin Health, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. Unity’s partnerships with area skilled nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities and pharmacies ensure seamless care in all settings.


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