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Sunset Hospice Cottage is built in a scenic area in Worthington. (BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE)

In front of the 400 people attending Sunset Hospice Cottage's eighth annual fundraiser Tuesday night, Tom Fagerness gave a testimonial and spoke of the final days of his mother's life.

Armella Fagerness spent her last 55 days at Worthington's Sunset Hospice Cottage, and on Tuesday Tom expressed gratitude for the care his mother received there and the establishment of the facility. "On the day that I moved Mom in, she said something to me that I will remember for a very long time," he said. "She looked up at me and said, 'Thank you Tom.' I said, 'What for Mom?' And she said, 'This is the nicest place that I have ever lived at.'"

Sunset Hospice Cottage offers a tremendous asset to people and families of this area, but its services wouldn't be available without an ample amount of support. Fourteen live auction items and 41 silent auction items were donated for Tuesday night's fundraiser. The Brown Family of Le Mars, Iowa, delivered an outstanding, gospel-themed performance and BenLee's catered the meal.

Thanks to the assistance of so many, Sunset Hospice Cottage will be able to fulfill its mission of serving individuals nearing the end of their lives and their families. It's a mission well worth supporting, and we're grateful that's widely recognized.