Caring House “Stay at Home” Gala

Caring House

The Caring House in Durham provides a home away from home for DCI outpatients and their caregivers. The Annual Benefit Gala is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the non-profit residence. While the COVID-19 pandemic means a different look for the 2021 event, exciting plans are still in place.

During the month of January, the “Stay at Home” Gala celebration will give people even more opportunities to get involved to support the cause, all from the comfort of home. Each week will feature new video premiers, unique auction items and more. Every donation – up to $120,000 – will be matched by the Caring House board of directors.

Items for the online Gala auction include the following:

  • Fly fishing weekend
  • Paintings
  • John Hardy Asli link station bracelet
  • Ultimate Duke fan sports package
  • Round of golf at Old Chatham Golf Club
  • Angus Barn gift basket & gift certificate

To view the items and place bids, visit

For more than 25 years, Caring House has provided comfortable and affordable housing for DCI patients as they undergo rigorous cancer treatments, as well as peace of mind to their worried family and friends. It features 18 private bedrooms – each with its own private bath, phone, television and DVD player. Common areas include a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, great room, library with free computer access, laundry room, water garden with a koi pond and more.

The average length of stay for a guest at the Caring House is four to six weeks. The cost per night is $40, which represents a savings of at least 60% off the actual cost. Activities available for no additional cost include a healing arts programs, specialty massages, music therapy and yoga. This supportive and healing environment is an integral part of patients’ mental, physical and emotional wellbeing during their cancer treatment.

Caring House relies solely on private donations and guest fees for its operations. Funds raised through the Annual Gala support guests during their cancer treatment at Duke Cancer Institute.

In addition to participating in the “Stay at Home” Gala online auction, donations can be made at Here are a few examples of how donating to Caring House can make a difference:

  • $40 supports one guest for one night
  • $280 supports one guest for a week
  • $1240 supports one guest for a month

The 2020 Annual Benefit Gala raised more than $160,000. The team is looking forward to another successful event. To learn more about Caring House and to read inspiring patient stories, visit