LAURINBURG — In an effort to aid Scotland Regional Hospice’s mission to provide compassionate, quality care to those with life limiting illnesses, Bob’s Jewel Shop is again sponsoring the “Diamonds in the Rough” raffle.
Each year since 2002, the historic downtown jeweler provide a piece of diamond jewelry to be raffled off with proceeds being used to help Hospice.
The jewelry is donated in memory Lawson McCabe, the longtime owner of Bob’s Jewel Shop, by his family who still own and operate the store. He received care from the hospice provider during his final stages of cancer, and his wife and daughters make the contribution each year to show their appreciation and support of hospice care.
“It’s a wonderful cause,” said Lawson McCabe’s wife Gertrude McCabe. “We are glad to do it. They help a lot of people, and it means a lot to us to be able to give back to hospice since they did so much for us.”
Scotland Regional Hospice CEO Camille Utter cared for Lawson McCabe prior to his admission into hospice care while working for the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center. She said the generosity shown by his family is a reflection of his “kind nature.”
“The McCabe family has truly been a blessing to our agency,” Utter said. “Mr. McCabe was so very gracious to everyone he met, including hospice caregivers. He encouraged and inspired me personally many times while he was going through his treatments with such strength and grace. His legacy has certainly been carried on by Mrs. Gertie and his girls. Our community is so fortunate to have such kind and generous people.”
Over the years, the raffle drawing has been a highly anticipated part of the closing ceremony at Scotland Regional Hospice’s annual charity golf tournament sponsored by Golf Pride.
The 32nd Annual Eaton Golf Pride Golf Tournament benefiting Scotland Regional Hospice will take place at Scotch Meadows on April 24 and 25.
Since its first campaign 16 years ago, the Diamonds in the Rough raffle has exceeded a quarter of a million dollars.
This year’s donation comes in the form of a 7-inch Victorian bracelet with 1.60 carats in diamonds. The retail value of the gift is $3,800. In previous years, the raffle has featured rings, necklaces, pendants, but never a bracelet.
“It’s just beautiful,” said Emma McInnis, longtime supporter and former Scotland Regional Hospice employee. “I’m just so excited about this bracelet. Everyone who has seen it has just loved it. They are just so wonderful to do this every year. I can’t say thank you enough.”
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Bob’s Jewel Shop, the Scotland Regional Hospice office at 610 Lauchwood Drive in Laurinburg, or by calling 910-276-7176. You do not have to be present to win.