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Hospice of Broward County Foundation Announces Executive Director Valerie Vitale Joins Organization to Lead Broward County
4/11/2017

Valerie VitaleFt. Lauderdale, FL - Hospice of Broward County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation, the philanthropic arms of Trustbridge, have announced the appointment of Valerie Vitale as the new Executive Director for Broward County.

In her position, Valerie will provide leadership and oversee the Foundation’s advancement programs, campaigns and special events.

Valerie has over 20 years of accomplished experience in non-profit fundraising, development, and management including working with Suncoast Hospice, Best Buddies International, Special Olympics Broward County and the March of Dimes. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree from Florida State University.

Valerie has a long history in South Florida and is actively engaged in the Broward County community through her participation in Leadership Hollywood and Women Leading Broward.
 
“We are ecstatic to have Valerie join our team and take on this role to advance the programs and objectives of the Foundation,” said Greg Leach, President of the Foundation. “With her diverse experience in developing successful growth strategies, we are confident that she will help us continue to broaden our market share in the county.”

Findlay Galleries Hosts A Taste of Art in Support of Hospice
4/3/2017

Palm Beach, FL - Palm Beach art lovers and food connoisseurs attended A Taste of Art at the renowned Findlay Galleries on Friday, March 24, 2017. A Taste of Art was hosted by Findlay Galleries Chairman and CEO, James R. Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui. The night included a silent art auction and reception followed by an exquisite dinner on The Terrace prepared by former White House Chef John Moeller. "Findlay Galleries was honored to support Hospice with A Taste of Art. Hospice continues to be of vital importance to me and I am incredibly pleased with the outcome of our event," said James R. Borynack. The event benefited the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation in memory of William C. Borynack, brother of James R. Borynack.

Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while browsing and bidding on more than 50 pieces of artwork generously donated by Findlay Galleries. "I would like to personally thank James R. Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui for their generosity in completely underwriting A Taste of Art and their continued support of Hospice. I would also like to acknowledge our presenting sponsor BB&T," remarked Foundation President Greg Leach.

Following the conclusion of the silent auction, guests were escorted to The Terrace where they enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal created by Chef Moeller. While attendees dined on the delicious cuisine, Chef Moeller entertained guests with numerous stories from his days at the White House working for three U.S. Presidents including President George H. W. Bush, President William J. Clinton, and President George W. Bush. Chef Moeller offered his chef services during a live auction where he agreed to prepare a meal for ten guests at the winning bidder’s house. Two couples happily bought the package for Chef’s services. A designed fantasy masque signed by President Trump, and co-signed by Mayor Giuliani who spirited the bidding during the live auction was also purchased.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support the unfunded patient programs and services offered by Trustbridge which are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation relies on the support of individuals and corporate partners who generously supports the mission of Trustbridge.

Cocktail Reception Benefits Hospice by the Sea Foundation Educational Series Held at Royal Palm Yacht Club
3/30/2017

Boca Raton, FL - Local members of the Boca Raton community attended the second reception in a series of informative events titled ‘Country Club Cocktails’.

The events are held at local country clubs, and inform the community on the many services provided by Trustbridge, the parent company of Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Palm Beach County who combined in 2014 to serve as the only not-for-profit hospice in Palm Beach County.

The invitation-only event, held at Royal Palm Yacht Club in Boca Raton, featured an informative dialogue with three Trustbridge experts: Dr. Leonard Hock Jr., Chief Medical Officer; Jacqueline Lopez-Devine, Chief Clinical Officer; and Christina Herwig, Counseling Resource Leader.

Cocktail reception speakers
Cocktail Reception Speaker Dr. Leonard Hock Jr.; Host Barbara Gutin; Speaker Jacqueline Lopez-Devine, Chief Clinical Officer for Trustbridge; Speaker Christina Herwig; and Greg Leach, Foundation President.


Attendees also heard from Greg Leach, President of Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundations, who shared information on the funds the Foundation raises to support programs and services not covered by the normal Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance reimbursement.

The event was hosted by Royal Palm Club members Barbara Gutin, Debbie Lindstrom and Bob Sheetz. All three hosts are dedicated supporters of the organization, and have named areas in Trustbridge’s Boca Raton Care Center location.

Cocktail Reception Hosts Bob Sheetz & Debbie Lindstrom
Cocktail Reception Hosts Bob Sheetz & Debbie Lindstrom

“Bob and I both lost a loved one and experienced the comfort and peace of hospice care. More people need to know the multitude of services available to our community, especially the bereavement services to children and adults.” stated Debbie Lindstrom.

“We are so thankful to our donors who host events such as ‘Country Club Cocktails’ that enable us to spread the word about the services of Trustbridge.” added Greg Leach, President of the Foundation.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Elects New Chairman
3/14/2017

William "Bill" Quinn, IIWest Palm Beach, FL - Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation have announced the appointment of William E. Quinn, II as the new chairman of the board of directors for 2017-2018.

William E. “Bill” Quinn has been elected after serving seven years on the board for the foundation, beginning his tenure in 2009. Mr. Quinn is a Director for Dignity Memorial in the Florida Market. He serves on the Palm Beach County Emergency Medical Service Advisory Council, is a member of the Advisory Board for St. Mary’s Medical Center and is an alumnus of Leadership Palm Beach County. He is also a member of the Forum Club of Palm Beach.

Along with his association of numerous organizations, Mr. Quinn’s involvement with Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation has been rewarding for both himself and the board.

“I am enthusiastic to take on this role and remain committed to working on the philanthropic endeavors of the foundation,” said Mr. Quinn. “With my previous experience and dedication to hospice, I look forward to utilizing my term to continually improve the organization.”

Mr. Quinn served as vice chairman since 2015, and will serve as chairman for the organization until 2018.

Other board members include: Robert M. Friedman, CLU, Vice Chairman; Beth Walton, Secretary; Thomas Burns, CPA, Treasurer; Bishop W. Oshea Granger, Immediate Past Chairman; James R. Borynack; Jennifer Brancaccio; Richard Callahan, Esq.; Mark Cook; F. Malcolm Cunningham, Jr. Esq.; Patrick J. Franklin; C. Glen Ged, Esq.; Jeremy Hurd; Stuart B. Klein, Esq.; Thomas Quick; and Albert J. Travasos, CLU, CLTC.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Elects Two New Board Members
2/16/2017

West Palm Beach, FL - Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation welcome two new board members, Patrick J. Franklin and C. Glen Ged, Esq.

Patrick J. Franklin is the President and CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Southern University, and an MBA from Florida International University. Patrick has been honored as the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of Discover the Palm Beaches and is a board member of the Palm Beach County Housing Finance Committee.

As a founding partner of Ellis, Ged, & Bodden, P.A., C. Glen Ged is a graduate of New England School of Law, an Eagle member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers, currently serves as Chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and is the Vice Chairman of the North Federal Hiring Steering Committee. Ged is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the South Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

“We are grateful to add two more outstanding community leaders to our very active and committed board,” said Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. “The organization will benefit significantly from the abundant experience and perspectives provided by Mr. Franklin and Mr. Ged”, he added.

The two new members will each serve three-year terms alongside fourteen accomplished board members.

Other board members include William E. Quinn II, Chairman; Robert M. Friedman, CLU, Vice Chairman; Beth Walton, Secretary; Thomas Burns, CPA, Treasurer; Bishop W. Oshea Granger, Immediate Past Chairman; James R. Borynack; Jennifer Brancaccio; Richard Callahan, Esq.; Mark Cook; F. Malcolm Cunningham, Jr. Esq.; Jeremy Hurd; Stuart B. Klein, Esq.; Thomas Quick; and Albert J. Travasos, CLU, CLTC.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Resale Shops Celebrate 30 Years of Fashion and Philanthropy
2/7/2017

West Palm Beach, FL - Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation Resale Shops are celebrating their 30 year anniversary of providing fashionable finds, all while giving back to the community.

The upscale, newly renovated shops will be hosting quarterly customer appreciation days which will include complimentary bites and beverages, along with discounts and prizes for customers who attend. Store locations throughout the Palm Beaches are in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Juno Beach.

The first event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 12 - 4pm at all three shop locations.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation Resale Shops have been an integral part of not only the communities that they serve, but in helping patients receive the hospice care that they deserve. The organization receives donations of all types from charitable community members, including clothing, houseware, furniture and vehicles, which are then sold to the public. The proceeds from the goods sold directly benefit hospice patients and their families, including extraordinary comfort care, music therapy and individual and family bereavement services.

Tax-deductible donations are accepted at all three locations and large items are available for pickup at your home at no cost, by trusted employees. For information on how to donate or to locate your nearest Resale Shop, please visit www.hpbcf.org/resale or call 561-494-6814.

Bernie & Billi Marcus Host Educational Cocktail Reception Benefiting Hospice by the Sea Foundation
2/2/2017
David Ross & Bernie Marcus Michael & Caren Weinberg Linda Halpert & Billi Marcus
David Ross & Bernie Marcus Michael & Caren Weinberg Linda Halpert & Billi Marcus

 

Boca Raton, FL – Local members of the Palm Beach community attended the first in a series of informative events titled ‘Country Club Cocktails’, to enjoy an evening of enlightenment in support of Hospice by the Sea Foundation.

The invitation-only event was held at Saint Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, which included drinks and hors d’oeuvres along with an informative speech by Dr. Leonard Hock Jr., Chief Medical Officer for Trustbridge specializing in Palliative Care and Advanced Illness Management. Dr. Hock touched on topics such as quality of life, healthcare decisions and rights as a patient and caregiver.

Attendees and donors were welcomed and hosted by Bernie and Billi Marcus, long-time supporters of Hospice by the Sea. The series of cocktail receptions will continue at other local Palm Beach area country clubs, each hosted by a different member.

“We are thrilled to support such a wonderful organization along with spreading the word to the community,” said Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot and host of the evening’s event. “This organization is very near and dear to our hearts, and we sincerely believe in the exceptional services they provide.”

Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Palm Beach County provide services to patients, their families and members of the community, regardless of their ability to pay.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the entire community benefits from patient care and bereavement programs that far exceed what is covered under the Medicare hospice benefit,” added Greg Leach, President of Hospice by the Sea Foundation. “We can’t thank them enough.”

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