The 40th anniversary for Hospice Savannah is quite an accomplishment for the community, according to Beth Logan, director of marketing and volunteer services.

“Forty years is a long time for Hospice,” she said. “The people who brought Hospice to Savannah were pioneers to bring this type of end-of-life care to our community.”

To celebrate this milestone, Hospice Savannah is hosting several events throughout the year including the Art of Living showcase and art auction May 23. The art auction will feature 40 artists. Peter Roberts of Location Gallery curated the event.

“The list of artists includes painters, jewelers and sculptors,” she said. Learn more online at HospiceSavannah.org/artauction.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit an important Hospice Savannah program, The Healing Arts of Music and Massage Therapy.

Logan said the program is staffed by certified therapists who go into homes of clients to offer these extra services that are not covered by insurance.

“These therapists work with the team of health care professionals to determine the best course of treatment for our clients,” she said. “Music has been clinically proven to help with pain and to help relax someone in pain.”

Logan said a music therapist may come into the home to perform music or bring in instruments for the client to play to help take their mind off their illness.

“This is very important complementary care that we feel we need to offer to our clients,” she said.

The $40 ticket includes open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and music by D.J. Basik Lee.