Joleen Specht, Hope Lodge Manager, and Maureen Mercier, 2015 Hope Lodge Gala Chairperson (pictured), presented on Hope Lodge and it’s annual fundraising event, Vita Bella Gala. The 2015 Gala will be held Friday, May 15 to benefit the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Marshfield. 


After 11 years, Marshfield’s facility is still the only Hope Lodge in Wisconsin, which serves as a home away from home, free of charge, for adult cancer patients and their caregiver. ACS Hope Lodge is open 24/7, 365 days, with 3 full time staff, 7 part time employees, and more than 30 regular, active volunteers. In speaking about the volunteerism at Hope Lodge, Joleen stated that they (patients and their families) cannot believe “someone like you cares about someone like them.” Volunteer opportunities are available at Hope Lodge or with the Gala event. For more information contact Joleen at 715-486-9100 or email