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Chamber honors businesses, young professionals
12/31/2014

The Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce had its annual Business Awards luncheon on Dec. 10 at Indian Spring Country Club and, among others, recognized three young professionals.

Jonathan Porges, the chamber's CEO and director, said, "All three young professional nominees
have shown exceptional leadership within their business and the chamber. It's a recognition that these three young people are all dedicated to their profession and to the chamber."

Nominees for the Young Professional Leader of the Year Award included Eric Rosenblum of Southgate Design, a graphic design and print company; Teresa Dabrowski, development director of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County; and Brittany Etheridge, catering sales manager from TooJay's Gourmet Deli, who won the award.

"It's a real honor to be nominated," said Dabrowski, who modestly thought it was a mistake when they informed her she was nominated for the award.

Trustbridge Health, which operates Hospice of Palm Beach County, Hospice of Broward, Hospice by the Sea, Focus Care Home Health and Harbor Palliative Care was honored as the Non-Profit of the Year.


 

Another Broken Egg Cafe Hatches in Jupiter, Florida with Events to Raise Money for Two Nonprofits
12/1/2014

JUPITER, Fla., Dec. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Double R Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the grand opening of Another Broken Egg Cafe (ABEC) on Monday, December 8, 2014 in Harbourside Place, at 117 North Coastal Way Jupiter, FL 33477. This is the exciting debut of award-winning ABEC in Jupiter, which will serve guests from 7 AM through 2 PM seven days a week. This upscale 3,318 square-foot southern inspired Breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch restaurant will have seating for 102 indoors with an additional 48 seats on the outdoor patio, which is dog friendly.

 The new Jupiter ABEC is part of Double R Restaurant Group's dynamic expansion effort in the Sunshine State. Floridians interested in a sneak preview and wishing to support two very worthy local causes, Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic and Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundations can dine prior to the official grand opening date. There is no charge for the public to attend these separate fundraising events, and donations can be made via cash, check or credit card and will be accepted for the featured nonprofits, each with its own
special date. Those wishing to support the ABEC Jupiter pre-opening events must call 561-406-6556 for reservations as seating is limited. Events are as follows:

Saturday, December 6 from 9 AM to 1 PM will raise funds for Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds to support the unfunded patient programs and services offered by Hospice of Palm Beach County 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 support the mission of Hospice of Palm Beach County. For more than thirty-five years, Hospice of Palm Beach County has made a difference to countless families bringing compassion and reassurance into people's lives in times of great need.
The circumstances that bring staff together with whom they serve are as diverse as the clientele itself. From an elderly woman whose husband is seriously ill, to a young child whose mother is dying of cancer, to a middle-aged couple who have lost a beloved pet, Hospice of Palm Beach County reaches out its arms to embrace our community.

 

Old Marsh Seared the Competition at the Country Club Chef Showdown Benefitting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation
3/25/2014

JUPITER, FL - The Club at Admirals Cove ballroom was sizzling with action during the sold-out, second annual Country Club Chef Showdown, as top country club chefs competed against each other in an Iron Chef- style competition.  Executive Chef Mark Woodruff of Old Marsh Golf Club walked away with the coveted title of Best Country Club Chef.

"It was really exciting to work with other chefs," said first-time participant Chef Mark Woodruff. "We had a colleague go through hospice services and it was such a comforting experience.  I'm grateful for the opportunity to support the organization."

For the competition, each chef created a signature dish using the same main ingredient-watermelon-and a panel of expert judges determined the winner.  Chef Woodruff's winning dish was a sumptuous Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Thai Watermelon Salad with Sweet Watermelon and Ginger Soy.  Prior to the mouth-watering competition, guests attending the event were serenaded by smooth jazz while they enjoyed a lively coctail hour with signature hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction.

"The participation this event inspires between clubs, sponsors and guests is tremendous," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. "There is nothing more inspiring than breaking bread to help people in the local community at the most difficult times in their lives."

This year's participating chefs were: Michael Crain from The Country Club at Mirasol who made Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Watermelon Curry, Pickled Rind Riata, Chilled Melon Pave and Watermelon Seed Oil; David Ray from The Loxahatchee Club who created Spinach Wrapped Watermelon Stuffed Main Lobster Tail; and the winner Mark Woodruff, Old Marsh Country Club.  Recipe cards for each dish were included in the goody bags, allowing guests to recreate the recipes at home!

 

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation reception fetes donors
3/25/2014

By Shannon Donnelly, Daily News Society Editor

A preview of the works of artist Michael Vollbrach highlighted a reception to honor Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

James Borynack hosted the invitation-only event, which took place March 13 at the Wally Findlay Galleries and recognized the organization's major donors.

The evening included a look at the Vollbrach show Introspective: Palm Beach 2014; cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music on the breezy canopied terrace three stories above Worth Avenue; and brief remarks from foundation Chairman Richard Callahan.

"I consider it an honor to recognize our donors for their contributions," Callahan said.  "Thank you for your commitment to ensuring that Hospice continues to provide the highest quality of care."

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Spectrum Health, Inc. and its subsidiaries.  It is dedicated to raising money to support the patient programs and services offered by Hospice of Palm Beach County 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.

AN EVENING OF 7,660 THANK YOU'S
3/18/2014

HOSPICE OF PALM BEACH COUNTY FOUNDATION THANKS ITS MOST GENEROUS DONORS

Palm Beach, FL - Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation hosted its Chairman's Reception on Thursday, March 13 on the private terrace of renowned Wally Findlay Galleries on Worth Avenue.  The annual reception is an invitation-only event recognizing donors.

"On behalf of the 7,660 families served in 2013, we say 'thank you' for the commitment to ensuring that Hospice continues to provide the highest quality of care," said Richard Callahan, chairman of the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation board of directors. "I consider it an honor to recognize our donors for their contributions."

It was a breezy evening as guests enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres from C'est Ci Bon atop the black & white terrace where Jimmy Borynack, Chairman & CEO of Wally Findlay Galleries graciously hosts the reception each year.

Woodfield Country Club Wins Local Culinary Battle
2/18/2014

The third time's the charm for Executive Chef Bart Messing who won the third annual Country Club Chef Showdown, benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation

DELRAY BEACH, FL - The 3rd annual Country Club Chef Showdown benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation on February 11th delivered a fiery competition for guests at Addison Reserve Country Club.  The area's top country club chefs went knife-to-knife in an Iron Chef-style contest using the same main ingredient in each recipe: the Sunchoke, (Jerusalem artichoke).  Executive chef Bart Messing of Woodfield Country Club, who came away with top honors with his delectable Sunchoke Trio: Sunchoke & Wild Mushroom Pave, Diver Scallop & Sunchoke Puree and Sunchoke Gnocchi which won over the palettes of the esteemed panel of judges.

"This event boasts the best recipe for success," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. "Guests came out to support and enjoy cuisine from their very own local culinary masters while supporting those in our community facing the toughest time of their lives; I can't think of a better mix."

Guests relished delicious hors d'oeuvres and a wonderful silent auction before entering the ball room where emcee, Chris Farrell from WPEC-CBS 12 walked them through the fierce competition.  With cameras capturing every move and simulcasting on flat screens, each chef had 30 minutes to prepare their dish live.  Not only did guests get to taste the chefs' creations, they can recreate each dish with a set of souvenir recipe cards!

The premier chef tasting event also included: Glenn Matusik, Delaire Country Club who prepared Spinalis Steak with Sunchoke Gnocchi and Horseradish Foam; Steve Nardiello, Gleneagles Country Club who made Braised Veal Cheek and Sunchoke Gnocchi; and Michael Schenk, The Polo Club of Boca Raton who created Miso Hoison Glazed Chilean Sea Bass.

This year's judges featured chefs representing the best of South Florida's culinary scene: Michelle Bernstein, 2008 James Beard Award winner and owner of Michy's and Crumb on Parchment; Chef Lindsay Autry, finalist Top Chef Texas; Sommelier Stephanie Miskew, The Glamorous Gourmet; Group Editor Marie Speed of JES Publishing, Boca Raton magazine and Delray Beach magazine; Master Sommelier Virginia Philip of The Breakers Palm Beach and Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy; Nan Chisolm, Fine art appraiser featured on the PBS series Antique Roadshow and owner of Nan Chisolm Fine Art; and Katherine Barnhart, Wealth Advisor for BB&T.

The Country Club Chef Showdown event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors: Presenting sponsor, BB&T; sponsors, Bouchard Insurance, Sysco, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Boca Raton magazine; and WPEC-CBS 12.  All proceeds from this event directly benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County's specialized programs, services and treatments that go beyond what is reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, allowing Hospice to continue to put the needs of patients and families first.

The Fountains Country Club Golf Tournament Raised More than $65,000 for Patient Care Programs
2/14/2014

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - For 32 years, the members of The Fountains Country Club have generously devoted their efforts to Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  Led by Sonny Bilkis, who has dedicated more than 15 years to the event, and Susan David, the 2014 Fountains Golf Tournament raised more than $65,000, raising the 32 year total to $1,700,000.

"the level of dedication that the committee and attendees of this golf tournament exhibit is unmatched," said Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation President Greg Leach. "We are so grateful for their ongoing support to the patients and families in our community at the toughest time in their lives."

The Fountains Golf course features three signature 18-hold championship courses designed to provide three uniquely challenging rounds.  More than 100 participants enjoyed the perfect weather on the golf course with 18-hole and 9-hole scrambles.  Afterward, more than 200 guests savored a cocktail reception, dinner, a silent auction and a comedy show.

The devoted committee members included: Herb Kreiger, Joel Keslow, Rhona Feldman, Gerald Portnoy, joyce Wallach, iris Rombro, Marian Green, Sheldon Levine, Daisy Kantrowitz, Susie Poll, and Lori Bilkis.

This event was made possible by these generous sponsors:  The Mall at Wellington Green, Isador S. Segall Trust, The Helen and Philip/Delman Foundation, Capri Jewelers of Palm Beach, Dillards Eagle Grill, and Strathmore Bagels.

Third Annual Country Club Chef Showdown Features New Members to the Expert Judge's Panel
1/21/2014

The all-out, action-packed competition between the area's premier country club chefs just got tougher

Delray Beach, FL - Three new esteemed judges promise to make the competition even hotter at the 3rd annual Country Club Chef Showdown benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation on February 11th.  The area's top country club chefs face off in an Iron Chef-style contest to determine who will come away with top honors to host next year's event.  hosted by last year's winner, Executive Chef Zach Bell of Addison Reserve Country Club, the battle will pit talented, executive country club chefs and their Sous Chef against one another to create a unique dish using the same main ingredient.

New to the panel are Michelle Bernstein, 2008 James Beard Award winner and owner of Michy's and Crumb on Parchment; Nan Chisolm, fine art appraiser featured on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow and owner of Nan Chisolm Fine Art; and Katherine Barnhart, Wealth Advisor for BB&T.  Returning to the Judge's panel are Chef Lindsay Autry, finalist Top Chef Texas; Sommelier Stephanie Miskew, The Glamour Gourmet; Group Editor Marie Speed of JES Publishing, Boca Raton magazine and Delray Beach magazine; and Master Sommelier Virginia Philip of The Breakers Palm Beach and Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy.  Appearing together on the same panel, makes the Chef Showdown the must have ticket of the season!

"The success of last year's event secured the Country Club Chef Showdown as the community's premier chef tasting event," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  "This year's panel of judges boasts an unmatched group of individuals representing the very best of the South Florida culinary scene and philanthropy."

The competing chefs include Glenn Matusik, Delaire Country Club; Bart Messing, Woodfield Country Club; Steve Nardiello, Gleneagles Country Club; and Michael Schenk, the Polo Club of Boca Raton.  Guests will be able to taste the chefs' creations, sip savory cocktails and bid on wonderful silent and live auction prizes.

The Country Club Chef Showdown event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors: Presenting sponsor, BB&T; sponsors, Bouchard Insurance, Sysco, Tito's Handmade Vodka; and media partners Boca Raton magazine and WPEC - CBS 12.

Tickets are $200.  To reserve your seat, please contact Mary Coleman at (561) 265-6042 or mcoleman@hpbcf.org, or visit our website, hpbcf.org/chef_south.

Local golf enthusiasts flock to Hospice Signature Golf Classic at the Medalist Golf Club
1/8/2014

Hobe Sound, FL - Local golf purists played with the likes of Lexi Thompson, Jeff Sluman, and Brett Quigley on an illustrious course studded with marshland.  Tickets sold out long before tee time for the inaugural Hospice Signature Golf Classic on Monday, December 16 at the Medalist Golf Club.  There could not have been a better day for golf for the 78 lucky players; the weather was 79 degrees without a cloud in sight.

The event boasted prominent players, such as south Florida native, Lexi Thompson who set the record as the youngest to ever win the LPGA tournament at the age of 16 and native Jaye Marie Green, who recently had a huge victory at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament.  Jeff Sluman (a six-time PGA Tour champion and a five-time Champions Tour winner), Dana Quigley (eleven-time Champion Tour winner), Brett Quigley (two-time Web.com tour winner) and Mark Calcavecchia (thirteen-time PGA Tour champion and two-time Champion Tour winner) could also be spotted on the fairway that day.

"You could feel the level of enthusiasm in the room after the day was over," said Tom Tracy the event chairperson and member at the Medalist Golf Club.  "This was an all-around exceptional golf tournament from the destination to the concept; we are looking forward to creating this experience."

A cocktail reception awards ceremony with a silent auction immediately followed the tournament.  Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and select desserts from the chef at the Medalist.

"This tournament combined two distinctive features in our community: golfing and compassion," said Greg Leach Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation president.  "It appealed to not only the most discriminating golfer but the most compassionate as well."

Tom Tracy was the event chairperson.  Committee members include Shaun Eldridge, Dave Fielding, bob Killian and Bill Quinn.  This event was made possible by our generous sponsors: AMG, ESPN West Palm, United healthcare and Gulfstream Media Group.

Pete Flacone, Steve Politziner and Daren Trousedell hit the links with Lexi Thompson

PGA Tour player Brett Quigley takes a swing

Angelo concimino, Britt Sikes, eleven-time Champions Tourn winner Dana Quigley, and Larry Commes on the 18th hole.

World renowned golf coaches Craig and Billy Harmon, six-time Tour winner Jeff Sluman, and Tom Tracy smile after Golf Clinic

Mark Wade, Jeff Knight, LPGA player Jaye Marie Greene, and Tom Benz win 1st place.

Photos courtesy of Leonard Bryant Photography.

 

Sundy House Hosts Unique Caviar Tasting Event to Benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation
12/10/2013

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Delray Beach, FL - The Historic Sundy House provided the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening - a four course caviar tasting benefitting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation!  Attendees of the Caviar 2.0 event on November 7th were greeted with a bit of bubbly, chilled Zyr Vodka and delightful bites of Steak Tartare and Vegetable Blinis topped with Petrossian Royal Kuluga Caviar.

The evening progressed to a four course tasting featuring caviar expert. JoAnnEconomou of Petrossian Caviar, Certified Sommelier Stephanie Miskew and Executive Chef Lindsay Autry of the Sundy House.  Chef Autry created an exquisite caviar focused menu designed to bring out the flavor of each of the caviars without overpowering it.  As each course was presented, the three experts guided the guests through each of the pairings with in-depth descriptions of the ingredients , the caviars and how the wines were selected.  The final course was presented by Pastry Chef Sarah Sipe with her light and airy Cloud Cake topped with Passionfruit "Caviar."

"It was truly a unique event - I've never seen one quite like it," said Greg Leach, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation president. "We could not be more grateful to all of the people who came together to make this event the fun success that it was."

A special thank you to PNC Wealth Management for sponsoring the event.

Top Country Club Chefs return to the ballroom for a clever culinary competition benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation
11/14/2013

Delray Beach, FL - Get ready for a fiery competition at the 3rd annual Country Club Chef Showdown as the finest country club chefs go knife-to-knife for top honors and a year's worth of bragging rights!  Last year's winner, Zach Bell of Addison Reserve Country Club, will be hosting this year's event on February 11, 2014.  Each chef will create a signature dish using the same main ingredient in this Iron Chef-style competition.  A panel of expert judges will determine the winner after a thirty minute times, live competition!  The winning chef will have the opportunity to host next year's event.

The competing chefs are: Glenn Matusik of Delaire Country Club; Steve Nardiello of Gleaneagles of Country Club; Michael Schenk of the Polo Club of Boca Raton; and Bart Messing of Woodfield Country Club.

The esteemed panel of judges evaluating their creations are : Lindsay Autry, finalist in Top Chef Texas; Michelle Bernstein, Executive Chef at Michy's, James Beard Award Winner and 2008 Best Chef South; Nan Chisholm, Independent Fine Art Appraiser for PBS' Antique Roadshow; Stephanie Miskew, The Glamorous Gourmet; Virginia Philip, Master Sommelier, The Breakers Palm Beach and owner of Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy; and Marie Speed, Group editor for JES Publishing, Boca Raton magazine.

The evening begins with a delectable cocktail hour featuring signature hors d'oeuvres from each of the participating clubs.  Guests can sip savory cocktails as they bid on wonderful silent auction prizes as smooth jazz echoes throughout the room.  The evening progresses to the main ballroom where the Iron Chef-style competition is filmed live and projected on large screens throughout the ballroom.  Later in the evening, guests will have the opportunity to sample each of the chef's creations.

"Each year this event gets more exciting," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  "The food is simply fantastic and the friendly competition gets spirited with club members cheering on their chefs.  We greatly appreciate the support of the country clubs, the chefs and judges, our sponsors, committee members, auction donors, volunteers and guests.  Everyone comes together to have a great time and at the same time provide care for the families in our community who are facing the illness of a loved one."

The Country Club Chef Showdown is being presented by BB&TOther sponsors include Sysco, Boca Raton magazine and WPTV Channel 5.  The event Co- Chairs are Roz Shuster and Ilyse Shuster.  All proceeds from this event will directly benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County's specialized programs, services and treatments that go beyond what is reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, allowing Hospice to continue to put the needs of patients and families first. 

Tickets for the event are $200.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Mary Coleman at (561) 265-6042 or visit hpbcf.org/chef.

Inaugural Golf Classic to benefit Hospice
11/6/2013

Notables Cover Story

Event: The Hospice Signature Golf Classic at the Medalist Golf Club

When: December 16, 10 a.m. registration and brunch; 11 a.m. Pro Golf Clinic

Where: The Medalist Golf Club, 9908 S.E. Cottage Lane, Hobe Sound

What:  The Hospice Signature Golf Classic offers a rare opportunity to get invaluable pointers to improve your game in a golf clinic held by renowned instructors Craig and Billy Harmon.  Craig has been ranked one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers since 1996.  His brother Billy is ranked one of Golf Digest's Top 50 instructors and can be seen frequently on the Golf Channel as a panelist on the show "On the Range" or a guest on the "Morning Drive."  Delve into the purest of golf experiences on one of the most picturesque and elite private golf courses at the inaugural Hospice Signature Golf Classic at Medalist Golf Club.  After the clinic, each threesome will be paired with a professional golfer for his premium golf event.

Highlights:  The Medalist Golf Club is an exclusive 18-hole champion golf course that reflects and enhances it natural surroundings, paying homage to the finest traditions of the game.  it counts Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler among its 22 PGA and LPGA Tour members.  Your day on the links culminates in a cocktail party, silent and live auctions, and awards ceremony.

Dress: Golf Attire

Who:  Chair Tom Tracy

Sponsors:  AMG, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, United Healthcare

Proceeds:  Money raised supports the unfunded patient programs and services offered by Hospice of Palm Beach County that are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.  These services enhance the quality of life in our community.

Tickets:  $5,000 per threesome to be paired with a professional golfer.

Information:  (561) 494-6884

Strategic Partnership Announcement
9/12/2013

Broward and Palm Beach County Hospice Organizations Sign Agreement To Form A Strategic Partnership

Transaction Forms a Coordinated, Comprehensive Continuum of Care

West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, FL., September 12, 2013 - Hospice by the Sea, Inc. (HBTS) and Hospice of Palm Beach County (HPBC)/Hospice of Broward County (HOBC) have signed an Agreement to combine the not-for-profit organizations and form a parent company that offers a coordinated, comprehensive continuum of care for those who struggle with progressive illness.

The volunteer community boards of both organizations boards of both organizations unanimously support the effort, believing it will improve access to a broader array of well-coordinated care for the patients and families who need it most.

Both organizations have provided not-for-profit hospice care for over 35 years and each has added additional programs and services in response to community need. Many of these programs and services in response to community need.  Many of these programs complement each other and collectively they will provide patients and families continuing support as their needs change.  Hospice by the Sea offers home health agency services, caregiver support services and a more robust palliative care program.  Hospice of Palm Beach County as a pharmacy program, a durable medical equipment service, central distribution facilities and a foundation that enables patient services over and above those reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.  This includes services such as music and other complementary therapies, along with providing charity care to a growing number of uninsured patients.

"In today's complex healthcare healthcare environment, any individual receiving health care at any level benefits from coordination of services," said Hospice by the Sea Board Chair Marian Pearlman Nease. "But a smooth, efficient and well-coordinated transition from one level of care to another is especially important for those with a progressive disease.  By working together, these first-rate organizations can meet the varied and ever-changing needs of progressively-ill patients and their families in a seamless manner."

The chair of Hospice of Palm Beach County/Hospice of Broward County agreed.  "Most of us who are affiliated with hospice have a personal experience with it," said John Marino. "We know what a blessing these services are and we want to make absolutely certain that anyone who could benefit from this kind of support has ready access.  Both Boards believe this strategic partnership will make these services more efficient and more available to patients and families throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties."

All health care providers are already experiencing increased regulation and decreased reimbursement.  By combining operations, the new organization will capitalize on shared operational expertise and economies of scale (in areas such as pharmacy, durable medical equipment and general purchasing power) to proactively address these challenges.  Combining human and financial resources will increase access to services to patients and families throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties.

The signing of this Agreement follows an extensive fact-finding due diligence process in which each organization and its advisors confirmed responsible fiscal managment of the other.  Leadership from both organizations are now developing an integration plan that should be fully implemented in 12 to 18 months.  no reductions in workforce are planned at this time.

The two Boards will combine to form a 10 member Board composed of 5 representatives from each organization chosen by the two current Board chairs.  Both CEOs will remain with the combined organization.  Dave Fielding will serve as CEO and Paula Alderson will serve as President.  The parent company (Spectrum Health, Inc.) will be renamed soon, but each of the Hospice programs will maintain their current names.

"So You Think You Can Sing?" Winner takes home $250
8/30/2013

Boca Raton, FL - The Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park was rockin' for the 3rd Annual So You Think You Can Sing? karaoke contest benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation! The event took place Monday, August 19th as part of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's Boca Festival Days.

"We are so grateful that so many talented people participated in this fun event to support the unique care our music therapists provide for patients and families in our community," said Lauryn Barry, Director of Special Events for Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  "It was a wonderful night filled with excitement with the mission of ensuring that every family gets the care they need and deserve during the most difficult time in their lives."

The evening began with a performance by Hospice of Palm Beach County's music therapists singing "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond.  Then one-by-one took the stage, battling in front of a crowd of spectators and a panel of three judges for the $250 cash prize and a year's worth of bragging rights.  The room was rife with guests cheering on friends and family while enjoying a buffet provided by the Dubliner Irish Pub.  It was Erica French singing Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine" who went home with the grand prize after two rounds of judging.  She beat out her fellow competitors with compelling performances of classics from Frank Sinatra's "Luck Be A Lady Tonight," to popular hits like Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."

Boca Festival Days is a series of fun-filled events organized by Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce held at different locations during the month of August.

Kids and Kids at Heart Reeled in Funds to Support Children's Programs at Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation
7/26/2013

Riviera Beach, FL - Rods hooked with huge wahoo and "first-timer bait" were side by side at the fourteenth annual Horizons Fishing Tournament on July 20.  While more than 130 boats tested their luck and skill to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, this year the Boy Scouts of America Troop 105 were invited to host a fishing clinic for children from Hospice of Palm Beach County's bereavement program.  Seven year-old Parker Marconi celebrated his beginner's luck when he caught his first puffer fish!  Proceeds from the tournament support local bereavement programs at Hospice of Palm Beach County.

"Each year anglers and sponsors come together to put on an incredible fishing tournament and this year, they were able to meet the children who directly benefit from all of their hard work.  it was very meaningful for everyone involved," said Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

Tournament participants left from their marina of choice at 6:30am and weighed-in at the Riviera Beach Marina where children from the bereavement program and spectators filled the stands to watch fish being hauled in while fishmongers Cod & Capers stood by to help with donated fish.  David Tejanos, captain of Hoo's First boat took home the Grand Prize, reeling in a 44.5 Wahoo, which was more than 5 pounds heavier than the closest contestant.

The Awards Ceremony Dinner followed awarding cash and prizes.  big winners included Cliff Cotts with a 25.9 pound dolphin, Collin Hickey with a 38.9 pound Wahoo and Matt Alligood with a 21.7 pound kingfish.  Randy Legezdh placed first in the snapper/grouper category with a 6.2 pound snapper and Cat Bartels took home first place in the Ladies Division with a 25.8 pound Wahoo.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: United Healthcare, Cod & Capers Seafood, Park Avenue BBQ, the city of Riviera Beach, Wells Fargo, First United Bank, Bouchard Insurance, Asset Specialists, Inc. and Colonial life.

Casting lines for kids: Fishermen unite to support grieving children
7/9/2013

Posted by South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

While most children are still in their beds, hundreds of fishermen will be competing in a fishing tournament on their behalf.

The 14th annual "Horizons Fishing Tournament," benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, is presented by United Healthcare.  Funds raised will support local kids in Hospice of Palm Beach County's children's bereavement services program.

Festivities will kick off at Riviera Beach Marina July 18 with "Park Avenue BBQ Grill Captains' Meeting," featuring dinner, drinks, entertainment and raffle prizes.

On July 20, participants can leave from any marina and weigh-in where there will be food, entertainment and contests for guessing the weight of the fish brought in.

The awards ceremony dinner will follow with cash and prizes for the heaviest Kingfish, dolphin and Wahoo.  Prizes are also awarded in the Ladies and Junior divisions.  There will be a silent auction as well, with items including; A SunFest package, Panthers tickets and two tickets to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"We are excited to have United Healthcare as the presenting sponsor for the 'Horizons Fishing Tournament,'" said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. "It's this kind of support that ensures that hospice can continue to provide amazing grief services for the children in our community who need it the most."

Other sponsors include: Cod & Capers Seafood, Park Avenue BBQ, the City of Riviera Beach, Wells Fargo, First United Bank, Bouchard Insurance, Asset Specialists Inc. and Colonial Life.

The resources for grieving children in Palm Beach County are rare, therefore Hospice of Palm Beach County provides monthly grief workshops, school support groups, and Camp SeaStar for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Camp SeaStar is an adventure-based camp designed to help children ages 5-18 connect with others who have faced a loss in their lives.  This year, more than 45 children came together for sharing, support, celebration and fun to heal grief in a way that's designed just for kids.  All of these services are supported through the proceeds from Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's "Horizons Fishing Tournament."

A Super Saver rate of $250 is available now and includes one boat entry with up to six anglers , two tickets to the awards ceremony dinner and five T-shirts.  Registration on the day of the tournament is $300.

To register, visit http://www.hpbcf.org

For more information, or to become a tournament sponsor, call Lauryn Barry at 561.494.6884 or email lbarry@hpbcf.org

Copyright 2013, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Horizons Fishing Tournament
7/1/2013

Posted by PGA Community News

Kari and Todd Townsend are a fishing love story.  They've been fishing together since the day they met, more than 16 years ago.  They fish dozens of tournaments every year in South Florida, it's the Horizons Fishing Tournament benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation that they look forward to most every year.

"It's one of the best tournaments of the year," said Todd.  "It has the best turnout."

Each year, the Townsends spend more time preparing for the Horizons Fishing Tournament than any other tournament - catching and saving the perfect bait and preparing their boat, Sword-a-Broke for the big day.  The couple was moved to participate because proceeds from the tournament benefit children's bereavement programs at Hospice of Palm Beach County.

"Children often get forgotten," said Kari.  "It's important to us to know that we are helping them get the care they need during such a tough time in their lives."

Avid fishermen, the couple has placed in some fishing category since they started with Horizons five years ago, winning the grand prize in 2011.  Yet no award meant more than last year's tournament.  As if by fate, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation introduced "Fishing for my loved one" that year.  Anglers could purchase burgees for their boats in order to memorialize someone who has passed away.  Kari and Todd purchased a burgee for Doc and dedicated the tournament to him.

"We were fishing all day and we caught the winning wahoo in the last half hour," recalled Todd.  "I remember saying that we've got to catch a fish for Doc, so we tried on last time."

That last time proved to be the winning 54.1 pound Wahoo, securing them the first place trophy.

"We even got a video of us saying, 'This one's for you, Doc.' when we pulled the fish out of the water," said Kari. "It was one of the coolest days."

This year's tournament will be held Saturday, July 20 with the weigh-in and awards ceremony dinner at Riviera Beach Marina.  Boats can depart from their own dock, and all fishing lines drop in the water at 6:30 a.m.  Kari and Todd will be out once again, fishing for their beloved Doc.  To register or sponsor, contact Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation at 561.494.6884 or www.hpbcf.org

14th Horizons fishing tourney benefits hospice foundation
6/13/2013

Special to Florida Weekly

The morning of Saturday, July 20 will see hundreds of anglers test their luck and skill for $25,000 in cash and prizes -- whether it's rain or shine.

The 14th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament befits Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and is presented by United Healthcare.

Festivities will kick off at Riviera Beach Marina on Thursday, July 18, with a Park Avenue BBQ Grill Captain's Meeting, featuring dinner, drinks, entertainment and raffle prizes.

Participants can leave from any marina at 6:30 a.m. and weigh in at the Riviera Beach Marina.

The Awards Ceremony Dinner will follow with cash and prizes for the heaviest Kingfish, Dolphin and Wahoo.  Prizes are also awarded in the ladies and junior divisions.

"We are excited to have United Healthcare as the presenting sponsor for the Horizons Fishing Tournament," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, in a prepared statement.  "It's this kind of support that ensures that Hospice can continue to provide the amazing grief services for the children in our community who need it most."

Prices for registration will be going up.  On June 16, registration is $250.  Registration on the day of the tournament is $300.

To register for the 14th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament, call 494-6884 or visit www.hpbcf.org.

Funds raised will support the children's bereavement services provided by Hospice of Palm Beach County.  Sponsorships are available.

For more information, or to become a tournament sponsor, please contact Lauryn Barry at 494-6884 or email lbarry@hpbcf.org.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Spectrum Health Inc. and its subsidiaries.

The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support the unfunded patient programs and services offered by Hospice of Palm Beach County, 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 support the mission of Hospice of Palm Beach County.

Board thanks hospice donors
5/4/2013

'It can never be said enough,' chairman tells supporters at reception.
By Shannon Donnelly
Daily News Society Editor

The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation honored its major supporters at a cocktail reception in an art-filled setting.

The annual Chairman's Reception took place march 21 at the Wally Findlay Galleries.

The evening included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music and brief remarks from Richard Callahan, chairman of the board, and Greg Leach, foundation president.

"Sometimes a 'thank you' is the most meaningful event of all, and I think it can never be said enough," Callahan said.  "Hospice is able to maintain its high quality of care because of the altruism of our donors."

The highlight of the event was a gift presentation to James Borynack, chairman and CEO of Wally Findlay Galleries, for his consistent support of Hospice of Palm Beach County and its mission.

The evening continued with a dinner on the terrace, four floors above Worth Avenue, for select donors.

The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Spectrum Health, Inc. and its subsidiaries, raises money to support hospice patient programs and services that are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

Jupiter High club helps grief-stricken kids
5/2/2013

By Faran Fagen - Special to the Palm Beach Post

For Jupiter High senior Megan Vickery, the high point of her school year wasn't homecoming, prom or Grad Bash.  It was Camp SeaStar.

"It's the highlight of everyone's year," Vickery said.  "The kids are so amazing.  We're supposed to help them, but they're the ones who inspire us."

Vickery is the president of Jupiter High's "Teens Helping Hospice Club."  Members of the 6-year-old club volunteers at Camp SeaStar, an adventure-based, nature-inspired counseling program, available to children ages 6-17 who have experience a loss, and received grief support from Hospice of Palm Beach and Broward County.

Last school year, the Jupiter high club had 15 members.  This year, that number grew to 75.

"My students come back feeling that they have made a positive impact in the lives of those who are truly hurting," said Jay Martousek, Jupiter social studies teacher and academic adviser for the club.  "The time spent in the club and at Camp SeaStar gives them a feeling that they have truly made a difference."

Everyone at Camp SeaStar has lost someone significant in their life.  Throughout the school year, the club members attempt to ease their grief.  They spend time after school taking care of office work for the camp, and during holidays, they write heartfelt cards to the children.  They also volunteer at various luncheons in anticipation of the spring weekend where they help at the camp.

Camp activities include fishing with foraged sticks, "trust" exercises on nature paths, and paddling canoes across the lake at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in western Palm Beach County.  Through it all, campers are learning they are not alone in their loss.

Just like campers, the Jupiter students are banned from using electronics.  Cellphones and iPads are checked at the door.

Vickery said the first couple of hours, the new campers are itching to call someone.  Some kids start angry, but through team activities, most kids learn to help each other.  Often times, a child who came in angry bursts out in laughter.  That's one of the best moments for the Jupiter students.

"The kids get to focus on themselves and meet people who have gone through what they've been through so they're not alone anymore," Vickery said.

Many campers who exit the program stay in touch with the new friends they've made.

The Teens Helping Hospice are trained prior to their volunteering at the camp as either runners or in-cabin helpers.

They help with therapy sessions, recreational activities, take kids to the bathroom, and are there to just play with the kids.

The experience has a long-lasting effect on these teens.

"Having encountered children much younger than them who have experienced a loss has made this group of teenagers much more mature than your average high school student," said Franzannie Guiteau, communications coordinator for the Hospice of Palm Beach County.

Vickery said school interest in the club spiked this year because students realized it wasn't a club about sadness. Rather, it was a journey of hope.

"Camp SeaStar changed me," Vickery said. "It was a lot of fun, but it was also bittersweet this year because it's my last one since I'll be graduating.  I definitely want to make an effort to come back next year."

For more information about Camp SeaStar, cal (561) 273-2242.

An Evening of Simple Thank You's, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Honors Donors
3/28/2013

Palm Beach, FL - "Thank you" was the phrase of the day on March 21, as Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation hosted a reception to honor donors at the renowned Wally Findlay Galleries.  The annual Chairman's Reception is an invitation-only event to recognize those who generously contribute to the organization, which helped serve more than 6,500 patients and families last year.

"Sometimes a 'thank you' is the most meaningful event of all, and I think it can never be said enough," said Richard Callahan, Chairman of the Board. "Hospice is able to maintain its high quality of care because of the altruism of our donors and I consider it an honor to recognize them for their contributions."

The weather was perfect as guests enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres atop the breezy black & white terrace.  The highlight of the evening was the gift presentation to Jimmy Borynack, Chairman & CEO of Wally Findlay Galleries, for hosting the reception and for the tremendous amount of support he's shown for Hospice of Palm Beach County and its mission.

"Our donors make the Hospice mission a reality," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. "We take seriously the stewardship of every dollar for our patients, so it's very meaningful to be able to thank those who made it happen."

89 One of A Kind Masks ADORNED THE WALLS OF WALLY FINDLAY GALLERIES IN CELEBRITY MASQUE ART EVENT
3/18/2013

Palm Beach, FL - The renowned Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach underwent a transformation when it hosted Celebrity Masque Art, an exclusive event which featured 89 gorgeous, one-of-a-kind crafted masques.  The unique affair, which benefited Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, was held on Saturday, March 9.

Guests mingled and enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres while admiring masks designed by local artists and inspired by celebrities such as Donald Trump, Matt Lauer, and Joan Crawford. "This inaugural event was certainly a different venture for Palm Beach, and it was a smashing success," said James R. Borynack, Chairman and CEO of Wally Findlay Galleries International and event Host Chairperson.  "We were thrilled with the level of participation and the assortment of fabulous masques."

Attendees had the option of attending both the reception and an exclusive private dinner upstairs, on the historic building's black and white themed terrace.  "Hospice of Palm Beach County provides amazing support to patients and families at a very important time in their lives," said Sharon O'Neil, Benefit Chairperson for Masque Art. "We created this event as our way of ensuring that everyone in the community continues to receive the highest quality of care."

Tickets Sell Out for Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's Inaugural Country Club Chef Showdown
3/1/2013

Jupiter, FL - The Club at Admirals Cove ballroom was sizzling with action during the inaugural North County Edition of the showdown of the country club chefs.  Chefs competed against each other in this Iron Chef-style competition, vying for the coveted title of Best Country Club Chef!  Tod Feit of Admirals Cove prevailed over his competitors, securing the honor of hosting next year's event.

For the competition, each chef was tasked with creating a signature dish using the same main ingredient--blood oranges--and a panel of expert judges determined the winner.  Tod Feit created a sumptuous Blood Orange Scented Diver Scallop "Sous Vide" as his winning dish.  Prior to the mouth-watering competition, guests attending the sold-out event were serenaded by saxophonist John Michalak of Urban Gypsy while they enjoyed a lively cocktail hour with signature hors d'oeuvres and a wonderful silent auction.

The competing chefs were: Bernd Linsenmayer of Frenchman's Creek Beach & Country Club who prepared Blood Orange Croquettes and Chilean Sea Bass; Jerome Nicolas of Ibis Golf & Country Club who created Coriander-Rubbed Scallops with a Broken Blood Orange and White Zinfandel Glaze: Michael Crain of The Country Club at Mirasol who prepared Pan Roasted Duck & Crispy Confit Croquette, and Tod Feit of the Club at Admirals Cove, winner of this year's event.  As an additional treat, guests went home with a set of four recipe cards, one for each dish, ready for them to recreate the delicious memory.

The esteemed panel of experts judging their creations were: renowned chef and author, Norman Van Aken, Director of Restaurants, Miami Culinary Institute; Stephanie Miskew, The Glamorous Gourmet; Virginia Philip, Master Sommelier, The Breakers Palm Beach and owner of Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy; Lindsay Autry, executive chef for Sundy House and Top Chef Texas finalist; and Paul Bianco of Palm Beach Gardens Lifestyle Magazine.

"We had an amazing first event," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. "Guests really enjoyed the competition and even brought signs to cheer on their chef of choice.  it was the perfect intersection of fun and most importantly, support of hospice care for local patients and families." 

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors 1st United Bank, Levin Home Care, Bouchard Insurance and Jupiter Medical Center; our Media partners Palm Beach Gardens Lifestyle Magazine and WPEC - CBS 12; and Underwriters Sysco, Whole Foods Market and Hamilton Jewelers.  We owe a special thanks to our outstanding event committee, including: Event Co-Chairs Bari and Randy Levitt; and Host Committee Vicki Accardi, Andrea Albertini, Debbie Archer, Louise Browning, Susan Daub, Tina Edington, Sue Epstein, Linda and Gearl Gore, Roberta Levine, Stephen Macht, Antoinette Matos, Sharon Quercioli and Sara Scaldini, and Dr. Jean Whibey.

31st Annual Fountains Country Club Golf Tournament and Dinner Benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation $75,000 Raised for Patient Care Programs
2/28/2013

West Palm Beach, FL (February 2013) - The 31st Annual Foundations Golf Tournament and Dinner was held recently at the Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth.  Sonny Bilkis served as Chairman and celebrated 15 years of participation in this event.  This year's event raised $75,000, bringing the total donated to Hospice of Palm Beach County's patient care programs to $1,700,000 over the past 31 years.

This year's golf tournament hosted 120 players in an 18 hole and a 9 hole Scramble Golf Tournament.  More than 220 guests enjoyed a reception, dinner, live auction, and comedy show.  Committee Members were: Susan David, Herb Kreiger, Joel Keslow, Rhona Feldman, Gerald Portnoy, Joyce Wallach, Iris Rombro, Marian Green, Shedlon Levine, Daisy Kantrowitz, Susie Poll, and Lori Bilkis.

Event sponsors included: The Mall at Wellington Green, Isador S. Segall Trust, Dehlman Foundation, Tiffancy & Co, Capri Jewelers of Palm Beach, Dillards Department Store, Outback Steakhouse, and Strathmore Bagels.

"Hospice of Palm Beach County is grateful to the organizers and sponsors of The Fountains Country Club Annual golf tournament and dinner," said Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation President Greg E. Leach.  "We appreciate their continued support, their belief in our mission, and the difference this tournament will ultimately make in the lives of patients, families and the entire community."

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation to Host Atlantis Pro/Am Golf Classic
2/26/2013

Atlantis, FL - Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation will host the Third Annual Atlantis PRO/AM Golf Classic at the Atlantis Country Club on Saturday, March 23.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jay Robert Lauer Hospice & Palliative Care Unit at JFK Medical Center. 

Before teeing off, golfers will enjoy lunch sponsored by Carrabba's Italian Grill on Atlantis' patio overlooking the new championship tees.  Lunch will be followed by the Chopper Drop, where a cascade of numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter onto the green.  Participants will be able to purchase numbered golf balls matching the numbers on the golf balls from the helicopter for a chance to win a 50/50 split of the proceeds from the raffle.

"It's wonderful to be able to do something you enjoy for a cause you believe in," said Jim Kintz, founder and developer of the city of Atlantis. "All of the money we raise stays local, which is important to the folks of Atlantis because the services in JFK's Hospice unit are unparalleled and so important to our community.  We want to make sure that they can continue to provide the highest level of care for those in need."

After playing 18 holes on the brand new Ultra Dwarf greens, tournament participants will wind during the Awards Cocktail Reception and silent auction, where they can bid on lavish items such as a weekend stay at the Breakers Hotel.

The Atlantis PRO/AM Golf Classic is made possible by the generous support of sponsors: Steve and Cathy Moore; John Rubino; Jim and Sara Ann Kintz; Larry and Beth Charbonneau of Leisure Times Coins; Sheridan Healthcare; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Levene; Kathleen Lang; Dan & Carrabba's Italian Grill and Coastal Wine and Spirits.

Chef competition in Boca to benefit Hospice
1/31/2013

By Jodie Wagner, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

BOCA  RATON - Four local chefs will go knife-to-knife at 7 p.m. tonight at Boca West Country Club as part of the 2nd annual Country Club Chef Showdown.

The Iron Chef-style competition and fundraiser, which benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, features chefs Zach Bell of Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach, Joe Longo of Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton, Stephen Viggiano of St. Andrew's Country Club in Boca Raton and Bart Messing of Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.

Each will create a signature dish using eh same main ingredient.

A panel of celebrity judges, which includes Miami Culinary Institute Director of Restaurants Norman Van Aken, Stephanie Miskew of the Glamorous Gourmet blog, Master Sommelier Virginia Philip of The Breakers Palm Beach and JEW Publishing Group Editor Marie Speed, will determine the champion.

The winner will have the opportunity to host next year's event.

"It's a pretty neat idea," said Jennifer Whiting-Nichols, marketing manager for Hospice of Palm Beach County.  "We worked with the country clubs to create a way for them to have a competition among each other.  What we found is that attendees tend to go crazy for this.  They love the change for their chefs to be able to compete against other chefs.  That's why the event has been so successful."

Guests will have the opportunity to sample each of the chef's creations as well as participate in a silent auction.  There also will be food, cocktails and live music.  More than 275 people are expected to attend.  Tickets are $100.  For information, call Mary Coleman at (561) 265-6042 or visit www.hpbcf.org/chef.

A second Country Club Chef Showdown will be held Feb. 27 at the Club at Admiral's Cove, 200 Admirals Cove Blvd., Jupiter.  Participating chefs are Todd Feit of The Club at Admiral's Cove, Bernd Linsenmayer of Frenchman's Creek Beach & Country Club, Jerome Nicolas of Ibis Golf & Country Club and Michael Crain of The Country Club at Mirasol.

For more information, visit www.hpbcf.org/chef_north

Hospcie of Palm Beach County Foundation Hosts Successful Fourth Annual Swing with the Stars Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament
1/2/2013

Published by Black Tie International Magazine

Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Golf superstars, sports legends and celebrities joined together in support of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's Fourth annual Swing with the Stars Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament.  The weekend was held at the renowned PGA National Resort & Spa on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15, 2012.

Festivities kicked-off Friday evening with a Speak Easy, presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in the Grand Ballroom.  Golfers and non-golfers enjoyed exquisite cuisine, sipped on signature cocktails at the exclusive Nolet's Silver Dry Gin Ice Bar, and mingled with sports legends.  Guests also bid on both live and silent auctions which featured spectacular vacations, spa treatments, incredible jewelry and golf outings, even a trip to New York City for a behind-the-scene tour of the Today Show!

On Saturday, the field was limited to only 100 golfers, allowing attendees to fully enjoy playing with the champions on the newly renovated Fazio Course.  Following the day on the course, golfers unwound during the Leisure Time Coins Awards Luncheon.  Professional golfers in attendance included: Jean Bartholomew; Michelle McGann; Bob Murphy; and Jackie Gallagher Smith.  The winning foursome was: Taylor Collins; Bill Cunningham; Oscar Ganem; and Adam Tsakonas; with Pro Les Wally.

"It was a great weekend!  The Speak Easy was a big hit and we had a fantastic day on the links," said Foundation President, Greg Leach. "I thank all of our attendees and sponsors for their generous support.  All proceeds benefit the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and will help to ensure that we can continue to help so many in their time of greatest need."

The Fourth Annual Swing with the Stars Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: AMG Marketing Group, Dignity Memorial, ESPN Radio 760 AM, Isador S. Segall Trust, Nolet's Silver Dry Gin, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, United Healthcare, John Rubino, WPEC-TV CBS 12 and Dan and Valarie Young.

January's Girls Night Out event to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation
1/2/2013

Written by: Maureen Gross, www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Wellington, FL - January 2, 2013 - Girls Night Out will be held on Thursday night, January 10th, at Players Club in Wellington from 6:00p.m. until 9:00p.m.  This popular monthly event in the Western Communities has become a good excuse for many to get together to enjoy a "night with the girls", and to simultaneously raise money for a worthy, local charity.  This month, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation has been chose to be the charity that benefits from the event's raffle proceeds.

Every month, Players Club top floor is transformed into a shoppers' paradise!  Numerous vendors set up their booths around the perimeter of the room and display their high-quality, juried merchandise on tables to entice the evening's shoppers.  "We are starting off the New Year with a nice group of vendors in the tradition of --something old and something new." Explained Maureen Gross of Phelps Media Group, "We have returning vendors who love to do this show with us every month, but we have a nice mix of new vendors coming with different merchandise, too."

Adding to the party atmosphere, two bars in the room will offer up delicious food and drink specials for everyone to enjoy while they meander through the vendors, and continue to talk and laugh with their friends.  The sounds of music by the DJ GFY add to the ambiance of a great night out!

But, these monthly Girls Night Out events are not designed to be just a fun night with friends; they are also designed to benefit the community.  Each month a different, local non-profit is selected to benefit from the proceeds of the evening's raffle ticket sales, and January's chosen charity will be Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  "Hospice has had an impact on the lives of so many people and families in our community, we knew that we wanted to dedicate one of our Girls Night Out events to them," said Dolores Schlick, catering manager at Players Club.  "Being after the holidays, January seemed like the perfect month.  People should be ready to see their friends for a relaxed night out, and the equestrians should be here in town for season.  It will hopefully add up to a good night for everyone!"

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Spectrum health, Inc. and its subsidiaries.  The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support the unfunded patient programs and services offered by Hospice of Palm Beach County which are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.  "I don't think there is anyone that hasn't been touched by the compassionate services that Hospice offers countless individuals and families in our community during their time of great need," explains Gross.  "We are very happy to offer our support such a wonderful organization during this month."

The Girls Night Out monthly event series is sponsored by Phelps Media Group, Inc., International and Players Club.  For more information about becoming a vendor in future months, contact Maureen at mbg@phelpsmediagroup.com or (561) 753-3389, and for information about attending contact Dolores from Players Club at pcrcatering@aol.com or (561) 795-0080.

 

Hospice's Chef Showdown Set
12/31/2012

Published by South Florida Times

Written by Staff Report

WEST PALM BEACH-The ballroom will heat up when the second annual battle of the country club chefs is hosted by last year's winner, Boca West Country Club as the chefs go knife-to-knife in the Iron Chef-style competition in which each chef will create a signature dish using the same main ingredient.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the much-needed patient care programs of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, who added that last year's event was a smash hit as great chefs competed for top honors and bragging rights.

"I commend each one of our attendees, chefs, judges, sponsors, chairs, committee members, volunteers and our host, Boca West Country Club.  As we all come together for an evening of food inspiration, we are helping our neighbors in their time of greatest need."

The not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Spectrum Health, Inc. and it subsidiaries, is dedicated to raising funds to support the unfunded patient programs and services offered by Hospice of Palm Beach County which are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.  A panel of celebrity judges will determine the winner, who will have the opportunity to host next year's event.

Guests at the Jan. 31 fundraiser will get to sample each of the chef's creations, sip savory cocktails, sway to cool jazz and bid on wonderful silent auction prizes throughout the evening.

The competing chefs are: four-time James Beard Award nominee Zach Bell of Addison Reserve Country Club; Joe Long of Broken Sound Country Club; Stephen Viggiano of St. Andrews Country Club; and Bart Messing of Woodfield Country Club.

The panel of experts judging their creations includes; renowned chef and author Norman Van Aken, director of Restaurants, Miami Culinary Institute; Stephanie Miskew, The Glamorous Gourmet; Virginia Philip, master sommelier, the Breakers Palm Beach and owner of Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy; and Marie Speed, Group Editor, JES Publishing, Boca Raton Magazine.

This year, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation will expand to two events - a North County edition in Jupiter and the South County edition in Boca Raton.  "Don't miss the excitement as these great chefs compete for top honors and bragging rights," Leach said in inviting the public to participate.

For more information call 561.494.6888 or visit hpbcf.org

Stars to swing at Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's golf tournament
11/28/2012

Published in the SunSentinel

Golf superstars, sports legends and celebrities will gather at the PGA national Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens for Hospice of Palm Beach county Foundation's fourth annual "Swing with the Stars Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament," which will take place Dec. 14 and 15.

The weekend begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the "Speak Easy" party with the stars in the Grand Ballroom, presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Guests can enjoy cuisine, signature cocktails at the exclusive Nolet's Silver Dry Gin Ice Bar and socialize with celebrities and dance.  They can also bid in live and silent auctions featuring vacations, spa treatments, jewelry, golf outings and a trip to new York City for a behind-the-scene tour of the "Today Show."

Saturday begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast and a chance to win cash in the helicopter ball drop.

Following a day on the renovated Fazio Course, golfers can unwind and enjoy the "Leisure Time Coins Awards Luncheon."

Professional golfers Beth Bader, Jean Bartholomew, Olin Browne, mark Calcavecchia, Michelle McGann, Bob Murphy, Alena Sharp and Jackie Gallagher Smith, and football great Steve Walsh, are scheduled to appear.

"All proceeds from this outstanding event benefit the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation," said Foundation President Greg Leach.  "With the generous support of our attendees and sponsors, we can help every family in our community have this precious care in their time of need."

Event sponsors include: AMG Marketing Group, Dignity Memorial, ESPN Radio 760 AM, Isador S. Segall Trust, Nolet's Silver Dry Gin, Palm Beach Gardens medical Center, United Healthcare, John Rubino and Dan and Valarie Young.

The field is limited to 100 golfers.  To register, call 561-494-6884.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support the unfunded patient programs and services offered by Hospice of Palm Beach County that are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

For more information, visit www.hpbcf.org

5K Fitness Run & Walk to Benefit Hospice PBC Foundation Nov. 3
10/31/2012

Published in the South Florida Times

Wellington-The 15th Annual Wellington Community Fitness 5K Run & Walk, an event which brings residents together to promote health and fitness, will be held at the Wellington Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 a.m.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and pay tribute to Dr. Faustino Gonzalez, vice president of Medical Affairs of Hospice of Palm Beach County and the event's 2012 Honorary Chairperson.

Pre-event registration is $25 per adult and $10 per child; on day of registration $30 per adult and $15 per child.  To register visit CommunityFitnessRun.com or email Mariela@cpbchamber.com.  Visit hpbcf.org or cal 561-494-6888 or more information.

The Palms West Community Foundation is supporting Hospice of Palm Beach County as one of their local charities of choice for its diverse quality of care.  Hospice of Palm Beach County offers a very special type of holistic care and support for the whole family, which improves physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.

Hospice of palm Beach County's compassionate care is based on each patient's needs and comfort.  Patients are allowed to stay in their own home, continue to see their own doctor and can continue medications and treatments that ensure comfort.  Hospice of Palm Beach County's physicians and nurses care for patients in a family home, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility or hospital.

As a not-for-profit hospice, everyone in the community is cared for who qualifies for hospice care and wants services, regardless of their ability to pay.  Services are paid for through Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance and the generous financial support of our donors.

Hospice of palm Beach County offers open access.  Patients are admitted who need non-curative treatments and medications for pain and comfort, such as radiation, chemotherapy, transfusions and IV medications.

The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Spectrum health, Inc. and its subsidiaries, is dedicated to raising funds to support the unfunded patient programs and services offered by Hospice of Palm Beach County which are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

The 501(c)(3) organization relies on the support of individuals and corporate partners who generously support the mission of Hospice of Palm Beach County.

"On behalf of Hospice of Palm Beach County, we thank the Palms West Community Foundation and local community for their support and generosity," said Dr. Gonzalez.

"It is an honor to serve as the 2012 honorary chairperson.  The annual run and walk is a wonderful way to bring everyone together for fresh air and exercise while helping a very worthy cause."

To contact Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation call 561-494-6888 or visit hpbcf.org

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation hosts the 13th annual Horizons Fishing Tournament benefitting children's grief support services
8/3/2012

A 54.6 pound wahoo wins the Grand Prize

West Palm Beach, FL - In an unusal day for Florida fishing, kingfish were outdone by Wahoo and Dolphin fish at Hospice of Palm Beach County's 13th annual Horizons Fishing Tournament.  Held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Riviera Beach Marina, anglers on 123 boats competed for the alrgest catch of the day.  Matthew Alligood, aboard the boat Catch One, took home the Gran Prize for reeling in a 54.6 pound wahoo.  Close second was Fred Clevenger for a 54.1 pound wahoo!

Departing from their inlet of choice, anglers cast their lines in the water by 6:30 a.m.  After a day of rough seas, the boats weighed in at The Square Grouper in Jupiter or Riviera Beach Marina, where spectators filled the grandstand to watch the fish being wheel-barrowed in.  Fishmongers Cod & Capers were on hand to assist with donated fish.

"Many of the fishermen not only participated in the tournament to win prizes, but donated their fish back to Hospice to support children's bereavement programs," said Greg Leach, president of the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  "They are a very generous community, and with each fish caught I think about how it will impact the life of a young person."

The awards Ceremony Dinner followed weigh-in, where the winners received cash and prizes.  Big winners included Chris Boesel for the largest dolphin at 32.9 pounds and Mike wood for the largest kingfish at 36.4 pounds.  The top prize in the Junion Division went to Dale Gosnell for a 15.2 pound dolphin.  Frank Call caught a 4.3 pound red grouper to win the snapper/grouper contest.  Belinda Machiela won the Laides Division prize with a 27.5 pound kingfish.

"We'd sincerely like to thank all of the participants, sponsors, volunteers, our committee and chairs for coming together so that children who are grieving the loss of a loved one can receive the help they need," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

Sponsors of the 2012 Horizons Fishing Tournament include AMG, Wells Fargo, Riviera Beach Marina, Park Avenue BBQ Grill, 1st United Bank, Colonial Life, Asset Specialists, Gary and Denise Nagle, Grand Slam Castaways KDW Tournament, calm C clothing, the Pink Tuna, C.R. Dunn, Inc. Electrical Construction, Tuppens Marine & Tackle, Conteder, BB&T, KPA Promotions, LINE-X, Enterprise Bank, Anderson-Moore Construction, Halsey & Griffith, Janssen & Siracusa, ESPN 760AM, GATER 98.7, Sun Sentinel, Southeastern Printing and Leonard Bryant Photography.

For more information about the Tournament, please call Hospice of Palm Beach County foundation at 561.494.6888.  To join the committee or become an event sponsor for the 2013 Horizons Fishing Tournament, please email Lauryn Barry at lbarry@hpbcf.org.

Hospice's Cars of Dreams Attracts More than 5,000 Fans
8/1/2012

Published in PBG Lifestyle Magazine
By Doreen Marcial Poreba

What do hospice and hot rods have in common?  The fourth annual South East Rods & Customs "Cars of Dreams" Car Show and Raffle, which was held at the Cards of Dreams Museum in North Palm Beach.  The free car show attracted more than 5,000 auto enthusiasts who were wowed by restored classics, vintage hot rods and new, luxury cars.

Fans also enjoyed entertainment, refreshments and a raffle drawing for a vintage 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am; Scott Penny of Lake Worth was the lucky winner.  John and Jeanette Staluppi, owners of the Cars of Dreams Museum, donated the vehicle along with an additional $25,000 to the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  The nonprofit charity also benefited from a $10 donation as admission to the Cars of Dreams Museum.

The South East Rods & Customs car club made Hospice its primary charity after one of its members was served by Hospice of Palm Beach County.

Hospice of Palm Beach County hosts 5th annual Blue Dove Awards to honor outstanding community members
7/30/2012

Ricky Wade of McDonald's and Owen O'Neill of Clinics Can Help chosen as winners

West Palm Beach, FL - Each year, the Hispanic Chamber of Palm Beach County, Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, and event founder of Hospice of Palm Beach County co-host an event like no other: to recognize outstanding community initiatives that have changed the face of Palm Beach County, working with all races, cultures and disabilities to create a better community.  The 5th Annual Blue Dove Awards were held July 11 at the West Palm Beach Embassy Suites, with keynote speaker Carlos Mahecha, Executive Director of CW West Palm TV.

This year, the Black Chamber's 2012 Blue Dove Award goes to Ricky Wade, community advocate and local McDonald's owner.  The Hispanic Chamber's 2012 Blue Dove Award was presented to Owen O'Neil, President/Executive Director of Clinics Can Help.

"I am always amazed at the number of professionals who truly give back to our community selflessly," said Bruce Lewis, Chair, Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County.  "This event spotlights the impact that can occur from just one great idea that brings the community together, and Ricky Wade is the very essence of a community champion." Black Chamber winner Ricky Wade was honored for his tireless and unselfish community service and initiating athletic programs for inner city children.  The owner of 11 McDonald's restaurants, Wade is an active community advocate who serves on the boards of Ronald McDonald's House Charities of South Florida, Palm Beach State College, United Way of Palm Beach County and the Urban League of Palm Beach County.

The Hispanic Chamber's Blue Dove Award winner, Owen O'Neill, founded a non-profit that currently provides durable medical equipment at no cost to 275,000 patients who cannot afford it.  "Owen O'Neill recognized an urgent need in our community and created an innovative and effective way to fill it," said Andre Varona, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County CEO.  "Thanks to Clinics Can Help, this equipment has transformed lives, offering comfort and mobility to those who might suffer without it - I cannot thank this man enough," added Varona.

Nominees for the 2012 Blue Dove awards included Pam Avalos, a medical professional who holds health fairs that offer education and free health screenings throughout the county; Irving Layton, a long-time volunteer and president of the South County Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation; Erskine Rogers, an attorney who has dedicated many years as a pro-bono Guardian for special needs medical patients; Dr. Connie Siskowski, PhD, RN, founder of the American Association of Caregiving Youth that serves the hidden population of child caregivers; Karen White, a dialysis patient and advocate who has created numerous initiatives representing kidney patients in the county; Juan Williams, a State Farm agent who has held education programs on insurance issues for 20 years in the African-American and Hispanic communities of Palm Beach County; and Aneesha Hanif, who is President of the International League of Muslim Women and active member of the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women, Greater Palm Beaches Chapter, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast and the Black Chamber.

Hospice Foundation's Horizons Fishing Tourney July 21
7/12/2012

When the largest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo (KDW) tip the scales, triumphant contestants will share cash and prizes totaling more than $25,000 at the 13th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament at Riviera Beach Marina on Saturday, July 21.  A grand prize of $5,000 in cash will be awarded for the heaviest KDW landed by any angler.  Additional cash prizes will be awarded in the Ladies and Junior divisions.  Proceeds of the tournament benefit the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

The weekend of festivities begins at the Captain's Meeting on Thursday, July 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Riviera Beach Marina where fishing enthusiasts, captains and crew can enjoy dinner provided by Park Avenue BBQ Grill, entertainment, drinks, raffle prizes and a silent auction.

The competition begins Saturday, July 21.  Lines go in the water at 6:30 a.m.  Anglers can cast off from any inlet and weigh in between 1 and 4 p.m. at one of the Wells Fargo weigh-in stations: Riviera Beach Marina or the Square Grouper in Jupiter.  Spectators at the Riviera Beach marina can watch the action at the scales and enjoy food, beverages and music from the 98.7 FM the Gater's remote truck.  The awards ceremony dinner follows with dinner sponsored by Asset Specialists, entertainment, drinks, raffle prizes and a silent auction.  Successful bidders can win a three-night stay at the Sunrise Resort & Marina in the Bahamas, a one-night stay and golf foursome PGA National Resort & Spa, two tickets (and parking passes) for the 2013 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, a 2013 SunFest package and a Van Dell dive watch.

"A great weekend of family fun, the Horizons Fishing Tournament funds children's grief support services of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation," said Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  "Throughout our community, bereavement counselors help children and teens who have lost loved ones.  Perhaps the most heart-tugging program offered is Camp SeaStar, a three-day camp where school-aged children can experience adventure counseling with those who can understand them like no one else - peers who have also experienced a loss."

Register by Wednesday, July 18 for a discounted price of $250 per boat, which includes up to six anglers, one short sleeved T-shirt and two tickets to the awards ceremony.  Registration at the captain's meeting costs $300.  This year, you can purchase an official Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation burgee - a way to fish in honor of your loved one, whose name will be displayed at the event.

To register for the tournament, call the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation at (561) 494-6884 or visit www.hpbcf.org.  To become an event sponsor, e-mail Lauryn Barry at lbarry@hpbcf.org

Hospice of Palm Beach County is the leading provider of hospice care in the community.  Since 1978, its expert staff has cared for nearly 70,000 patients nearing end of life.  When a cure is no longer an option, Hospice of Palm Beach County puts the needs of patients and families first - committed to doing whatever it takes to provide compassionate care and ensure the highest possible quality of life.

Go fish: local anglers to fish for Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation
6/27/2012

published by the Sun-Sentinal.com

Anglers of all ages are invited to compete for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes at the 13th annual "Horizons Fishing Tournament" benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation on July 21.  The tournament benefits children's grief-support services, which provide counseling for children and teens that have lost a loved one.

The family weekend begins July 19 with a "Captain's Meeting" at Riviera Beach Marina from 5 to 7 p.m. Fishing enthusiasts can relax with captains and crew; enjoy dinner provided by Park Avenue BBQ Grill; entertainment; beer; prizes; and a silent auction.

The competition begins July 21.  Attendees can cast off with lines in the water by 6:30 a.m. Scales open at 1 p.m. and all boats must be in line by 4 p.m. at one of the Wells Fargo Weigh-in locations, which include the Riviera Beach Marina or the Square Grouper Restaurant located in Jupiter.  Spectators can join the party at the Riviera Beach Marina weigh-in, enjoying hot dogs and beer.

Cod & Capers Seafood will be selling freshly caught fish from 1 to 4 p.m.

When the scales close, the grandstands will empty and the action shifts to the "Awards Ceremony Dinner" taking place from 5-7:30 p.m., where winners receive cash and prizes.  The grand prize of $5,000 in cash is awarded for the heaviest kingfish, dolphin or wahoo landed by any angler.  Additional cash prizes will be awarded in the ladies and junior divisions.

The evening's festivities include dinner sponsored by Asset Specialists, entertainment, beer, raffle prizes and silent and live auctions.

Auction items include: a three-night stay at the Sunrise Resort & Marina in the Bahamas; a one-night stay and golf foursome at PGA National Resort & Spa; two tickets for the 2013 "Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show;" and a 2013 Sunfest package with a Van Dell dive watch.

Co-chairs of the event are Mike Riseley and Guy Bartels.  Sponsors include: Wells Fargo; Park Avenue BBQ Grill; Asset Specialists; City of Riviera Beach; The Pink Tuna; Grand Slam Castaways; Cods & Capers Seafood; Contender; CR Dunn; Colonial Life; Tuppens Marine; 1st United Bank; Florida Power & Light Co.; Calm C Clothing; and Palm Beach Kennel Club.

Those who register by July 18 receive the discounted price of $250 per boat, which includes up to six anglers, T-shirt and two tickets to the "Awards Ceremony Dinner." Registration the day of event is $300.

Attendees can purchase a Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Burgee as a way to fish in honor of a loved one, whose name will be displayed at the event.

To register, visit http://www.hpbcf.org or call 561.494.6884.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Annual CARS of DREAMS Show a Hit
3/27/2012

Event Attracted More Than 5,000 Fans From Around the Country

More than five thousand South Floridians and car enthusiasts from around the country flocked to the 4th Annual South East Rods & Customs "Cars of Dreams" Car Show and Raffle at the Cars of Dreams Museum in North Palm Beach on Sunday, March 11, 2012.  It was car lovers' paradise with attendees admiring hundreds of restored classics, vintage hot rods and new, luxury cars.

The day also featured entertainment, food, beverages, and a raffle drawing for a vintage 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, won by Scott Penny of Lake Worth.  John and Jeanette Staluppi, owners of the Cars of Dreams Museum, donated the Trans Am as well as an additional $25,000 to Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

"We are honored to once again host this exceptional event," said Donnie Hancock, President of South East Rods & Customs Car Club.  After one of its members was served by Hospice of Palm Beach County, the nonprofit club made Hospice its primary charity.  "We had our largest turnout ever this year and are thrilled to be able to bring so many people together to raise dollars for such a deserving organization."

A Very Private Evening at the Cars of Dreams Museum, a special pre-event preview and cocktail party, was presented by J.P. Morgan and hosted by the Staluppi's on Friday, March 9.  The event allowed a select group of guests to enjoy one of the world's greatest car collections up close and personal.  Proceeds from both events benefitted Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

"We are very proud to partner with Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation on this unique event," said Chris Havlicek, Managing Director at J.P. Morgan. "We recognize the important role that Hospice of Palm Beach plays as it cares for patients and families in our community, and we are committed to add our support."

South East Rods & Customs, the South Florida non-profit, classic, street rod and collectible car club, organized the annual event and invited fans to register their "rides" and compete for awards.  Entrance to the car show was free and admission to the Cars of Dreams Museum was a $10 donation to Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

Rarely open to the public, the Cars of Dreams Museum displays 100 classic cars set in a replica Small Town USA.  The distinctive venue celebrates the evolution in dream car design in a comprehensive collection spanning more than 50 years of automotive excellence.  Housed in a building larger than a football field, museum owner John Staluppi and his wife Jeannette created period settings for the cars including a 1950s garage, a fire station and town square all surrounding a hand-carved carousel.  Staluppi opens the museum to the public only twice a year for charity events.

Learning to cope with loss - the 48 children of Camp Sea Star
3/17/2012

By Liz Balmaseda
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

In the deepest sea of grief, it is a simple metaphor that defines both loss and hope: a sea star.  The starfish may lose one of its five rays, but will grow back stronger, even though the scar remains visible.

The 48 children of Camp Sea Star, a nature-inspired bereavement camp run by Hospice of Palm Beach County, are pressing through their grief this weekend and learning to cope through a series of adventure-based activities.

As they fish using foraged sticks, perform "trust" exercises on nature paths and paddle canoes across the lake at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in northwestern West Palm Beach, they also are learning they are not alone in their loss.

This is where 10-year-old Brooke Dixon, a fourth grader from West Palm Beach, was making new friends - friends who know what it's like to lose a loved one.  Three years ago, Brooke's mother died suddenly of a heart attack.

At the start of the three-day retreat, which ends Sunday afternoon, Brooke joined the other children, ages 5 to 17, in creating a personal totem to wear all weekend as a reminder of the things she wanted to work on.

"I drew a moose and a bear," said Brooke, a smiling girl who loves to sing.  "The moose is for confidence and the bear is for strength in myself."

Hospice child bereavement counselor Cheryl Dely said part of the healing comes from the children realizing the "universality" of death and loss.

"There's a tremendous curative factor in this group modality, in the sheer numbers.  It really helps," said Dely, who specializes in counseling younger children.  "Here, they learn it's okay to need support."

The counselors' tasks are delicate as they work to soothe separation anxieties, nudge away fears and encourage trust.  But mostly, said camp director and child bereavement counselor Christina Dekkar, their most important task is to be there.

"You listen.  They just want someone to listen to them," said Dekkar.

"And validate," added Dely.

Deanna Harris, 15, is grateful for such counseling.  She first came to Camp Sea Star when she was 10, shortly after she lost her paternal grandfather.  She enjoyed it so much she returned the following year (campers are permitted to attend the camp two consecutive years.)  This year, she returned as a teen volunteer.

"I definitely can relate to how they're feeling," said Deanna, who discovered a calling of sorts in the camp experience she describes as "amazing." An only child, she said she's realized how much she loves working with children.

One of her favorite camp activities involves making a lantern out of an empty plastic soda bottle.  The kids decorate their lanterns with colorful papier mache in memory of the loved ones they've lost.

"At night, we have a bonfire and light up our lanterns with candles," said Deanne.  "They look so beautiful, all together."

Boca Chefs To Battle It Out at Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation’s Country Club Chef Showdown
12/14/2011

BOCA RATON, FL. – (December 12, 2011) Boca Raton’s finest chefs are preparing to battle it out at Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation’s inaugural Country Club Chef Showdown.

Broken Sound Club will play host to this year’s inaugural event, which takes place on

February 2, 2012, and will feature chefs from Boca West Country Club, Broken Sound

Club, The Polo Club, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club and Woodfield Country Club.

Using the same main ingredient, each chef will be asked to create a signature dish that will then be judged by a panel of celebrity judges.  Judges will include Stephanie Miskew, the Glamorous Gourmet; Zakir (Zak) Odhwani, Senior Vice President, U.S. Trust; Virginia Philip, Master Sommelier and Wine Director at The Breakers Palm Beach; Marie Speed, Group Editor, JES Publishing ( Boca Raton Magazine); and legendary Chef Norman Van Aken, Director of Restaurants,  Miami Culinary Institute who is also known internationally as the founding father of “new world cuisine”.

Guests can spend the evening enjoying demonstrations, sampling the chef’s  creations, sipping savory cocktails and bidding on high-end culinary and wine-themed silent auction items while waiting to see which chef takes home the top title. In addition to bragging rights, the winning chef/country club will have the option to host the 2013 Chef Showdown.

The chairman of this event is Robert Friedman. Sponsors include: U.S. Trust, Barbara Epstein Foundation, Bouchard Insurance, Premier Beverage, Bloomingdale’s, Boca Raton Magazine and Comcast. Tickets for this event are $100. A special VIP ticket is also available for $150 which, in addition to admission to the event, includes a private pre-reception, champagne welcome, a meet and greet with celebrity judges and a VIP Swag Bag! For more information, or to register for this event, please visit www.hpbcf.org/chef or call 561-988-2742.

 

Swing with the Stars...At Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's Celebrity Pro-Am
12/1/2011

PBG Lifestyle Magazine December 2011 Publication

By Katelyn Weller

A cool, crisp December weekend with open fairways; incredible finishing holes, celebrity golfers, and most importantly, a chance to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County: all of these elements make the perfect combination for a fun-filled weekend of events at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.

Celebrities and amateurs alike are lacing up their cleats for the 2011 Pro-Am Tournament at the newly designed PGA National Palmer Course.  Hosted by Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, the event will be held on the weekend of December 16-17 (Friday and Saturday).

Not a golfer?  No worries, there will be plenty of fun for you as well.  The excitement begins Friday evening with an elegant cocktail reception and benefit auction in the PGA Grand Ballroom.  While enjoying the views of the surrounding courses, guests will socialize with celebrities over superb cuisine and signature cocktails.  Listen to a private performance by three-time Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Ski Johnson, and take your chance in the silent auction to win a trip to Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas, jewelry, airline tickets, or a behind-the-scenes tours of The Today Show.  The live auction features a weeklong trip for two to a Mexican Spa or a family golf membership at Ironhorse Country Club worth $5,250.

The main event will kick off Saturday at 7 a.m. with an opening breakfast at PGA Resort.  From there, celebrity and amateur golfers will be separated into fivesomes.  Each group will consist of four guests and one celebrity, giving every participant an opportunity to play with a celeb.  The day will conclude with the Leisure Time Coins Awards Luncheon for golfers and their guests.

A long list of celebrities have signed on to make this a memorable event for all participants.  They include professional golfers Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne, John Rollins, Ray Floyd, bob Murphy, Michelle McGann, and Jackie Gallagher-Smith; professional polo players Brandon Phillips and Luis Escobar; football great Steve Walsh, professional baseball player Dennis Martinez, political cartoonist Paul Szep, Today Show Matt Lauer, Florida Marlins color commentator Timothy Hutton and saxophonist Ski Johnson, with more to come.

Longtime Palm Beach Gardens resident and 13-time PGA tour winner Mark Calcavecchia is one of the inspiring celebrities participating for the second year in a row.  He participates in seven to eight tournaments a year.  Calcavecchia's love of golf crystallized when he was 14 years old and went to his first PGA tournament in Fort Lauderdale.

"Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and all the greats were there.  When I saw that, I knew was what I was going to do," he said.  The highlight of his career to date was winning the British Open in 1989.  the shot that immortalized the moment: "the five-iron on the fourth playoff hole I hit it six feet from the hole, and made the putt ... It was the best shot I ever hit."

Calcavecchia said he loves participating in this event.  "It's a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and a chance to benefit an organization that helps families when they need it most." he noted that Hospice was instrumental in helping his parents during the last three months of his father's life.

Today Show co-host Matt Lauer has also made a habit of supporting, promoting and participating in events benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  Lauer was touched by Hospice in 1997 when they cared for his father Jay Rober Lauer, who died of cancer at his PGA National home.

If you want to the chance to play a round of golf alongside a celebrity and to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, then don't miss out!  Whichever celebrity you are teamed up with, you will surely be invigorated and inspired while helping families throughout Palm Beach County.

As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, Hospice of Palm Beach County cares for all who need and want their services, regardless of ability to pay.  Events such like the Celebrity Pro-Am deliver instrumental assistance in the provision of services to all those who request them.

Tickets for the cocktail reception are $250.  The cost is $1,000 for the day of golf, which includes two tickets to the cocktail reception.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs and services of Hospice of Palm Beach County.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is thankful for the support and the sponsors of this fantastic event.  Some of those sponsors include Leisure Time Coins, Dignity Memorial, Isador S. Segall Trust, WPTV and ESPN Radio.

To purchase tickets for this event, visti www.hpbcf.org or call Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation at (561) 494-6888.

Swing with the stars during Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's third annual 'Celebrity Pro-Am'
11/30/2011

Sun-Sentinel Society Publication 11/30/2011-The third annual Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's "Celebrity pro-Am Golf Tournament" will take place Dec. 16 through 17 at PGA National Resort and Spa.  The newly designed Palmer Course will offer participants open fairways, larger greens and a series of finishing holes. 

Kicking off the weekend festivities will be the cocktail reception in the PGA Grand Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 16.  With views of the surrounding courses, guests can enjoy cuisine, sip on signature cocktails, mingle with celebrities and listen to a private performance by three-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Ski Johnson.  Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items which include; a trip to Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas; jewelry; airline tickets; or a behind the scenes tour of the "Today Show."  The live auction features a six-day, five-night ocean suite stay Little Arches Boutique Hotel in Barbados, including a full daily breakfast and three-course dinner for two plus a round of golf for two.

The day of golf will begin with breakfast at the PGA national resort at 7 a.m. on Dec. 17.  Before teeing off, supporters will have the opportunity to win some extra cash in the helicopter ball drop.  The day on the course will conclude with the "Leisure Time Coins Awards Luncheon."

Celebrities scheduled to appear include: professional golfers Mark Calcavecchia; Olin Browne; John Rollins; Ray Floyd; Bob Murphy; Michelle McGann; Brian Gay and Jackie Gallagher-Smith; professional baseball player Dennis Martinez; political cartoonist Paul Szep; professional polo player Brandon Phillips; "Today Show" host Matt Lauer; Marlins color commentator Timothy Hutton; Grammy nominated artist Ski Johnson; and football great Steve Walsh.

Chairs of the event are Karen and Doug Smith and Janet Lano.  Tickets for the cocktail reception are $250.  The cost for the day of golf, which includes two tickets to the cocktail reception are $1,000.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs and services of Hospice of Palm Beach County.

For more information or to learn about available sponsorship opportunities, call Lauryn Barry at 561-494-6884 or email Lbarry@hpbcf.org

Hospice of Palm Beach County Opens New Unit at The Pavilion at Jupiter Medical Center
11/14/2011

JUPITER, FL. – Hospice of Palm Beach County is proud to announce greater access to inpatient hospice care with the opening of the organization’s new inpatient unit in The Pavilion at Jupiter Medical Center.  The eight-bed unit will provide inpatient care to patients in the surrounding communities who are in need of acute care “We are very excited about this new partnership with Jupiter Medical Center,” said Dave Fielding, President and CEO of Hospice of Palm Beach County.  “Hospice of Palm Beach County is pleased to work with this excellent team of medical professionals and ensure outstanding service to patients. This new unit will allow us a greater opportunity to locally serve patients in the Jupiter community.”

Each of the eight private rooms provides a home-like feeling, with room for family and friends to visit, including a dining area, recliner/twin sleeper and a private bathroom. In addition, there is a private family room for loved ones to utilize during the patient’s stay.

Leading the patient care team at the unit is Judy Williams, a veteran Hospice nurse who has provided care to patients for more than 16 years. In addition to Williams, patients will be cared for by Hospice of Palm Beach County’s expert team of physicians, nurses, CNAs, socials workers, integrative therapists, chaplains and volunteers. Hospice of Palm Beach County has the largest number of Board Certified palliative medicine physicians and nurses in South Florida.

“We are so delighted to be expanding our long time relationship with Hospice of Palm Beach County,” said Betsy Heartfield, MSPT, NHA, Vice President, Long Term Care & Rehabilitative Services/Pavilion Administrator, Jupiter Medical Center. “It’s an ideal situation with our patients and the community now having access to their services on our campus, fulfilling a true need in Northern Palm Beach County.”

As a not-for-profit hospice provider, Hospice of Palm Beach County cares for all patients, regardless of insurance, citizenship, illness or ability to pay. The organization’s multilingual staff respects all religions and cultural traditions. For more information about Hospice of Palm Beach County, call 1.800.HOSPICE or visit hpbc.com.

Local Celebrities Serve Up Cocktails in Support of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation
11/10/2011

Palm Beach County, Florida - On Thursday, November 17, local celebrities will kick off Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's Celebrity Pro-Am celebration with a fun-filled Celebrity Bartending pre-event at iBar, inside PGA National Resort & PGA Spa.  Starting at 7:00 p.m., guests will be treated to three hours of tasty libations served by top local celebrities such as professional polo player Brandon Phillips, ESPN 760's Joe Girvan, and Marlins broadcast analyst Tommy Hutton.

"I am thrilled to once again support Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation," said Phillips, who is participating in the Celebrity Bartender and Pro-Am events for the second year.  "I've seen firsthand the exceptional care that Hospice provides to patients and their families.  It was invaluable to my family at such a significant time.  Fundraising events such as these help us support the programs and services Hospice of Palm Beach County provides while building awareness about this compassionate organization that does so much for families in our community."

Brandon Phillips

A suggested donation of $10 includes special bar menu and happy hour pricing for each guest.  All proceeds support the locat patient care programs of Hospice of Palm Beach County.  Services are provided to all in the community who need and want them, regardless of age, race, religion, diagnosis or ability to pay.

The Celebrity Bartending event is a preview to the 2011 Celebrity Pro-Am weekend, which will take place on December 16-17, 2011 at PGA National Resort & Spa.  Celebrities scheduled to appear include professional golfers Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne, John Rollins, Ray Floyd, Bob Murphy, Michelle McGann, and Jackie Gallagher-Smith; professional baseball player Dennis Martinez; political cartoonist Paul Szep; professional polo player Brandon Phillips; Today Show host Matt Lauer; Marlins color commentator Timothy Hutton; 3-time Grammy nominated artist Ski Johnson; and football great Steve Walsh.

Chairs of the Celebrity Pro-Am weekend are Karen and Doug Smith, and Janet Lano.  Sponsors include Leisure Time Coins, Dignity Memorial, Isador S. Segal Trust, WPTV and ESPN Radio.  Tickets for the cocktail reception only are $250.  The cost for the day of golf, which includes two tickets to the cocktail reception is $1,000.

For more information about this event, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lauryn Barry at 9561 494-6884, email lbarry@hpbcf.org

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Offers a Journey of the Senses at Champagne and Caviar Tasting
10/19/2011

BOCA RATON, FL. - Supporters of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation sipped bubbly and enjoyed spoonfuls of the world's best caviar in the private and ultra-luxe backdrop of the One Thousand Ocean in Boca Raton.  This exclusive Champagne and Caviar Tasting raised funds to support the programs and services of Hospice of Palm Beach County.

JoAnn Economou, of Petrossian Paris, guided guests through each champagne and caviar selection, explaining the differences in the tastings.  She was happy to host the event for such a good cause.  "Hospice of Palm Beach County is everywhere in our community.  The outpouring of support at this event was a true testament to the appreciation the community feels for their work," said Economou. "We are honored to have been a part of this incredible event."

Guests included: Cheryl and Stuart Abramson, Sue and Julian Epstein, Eamonn Gunther, Karen Delany, Cathy and Bill Quinn, Gary Shuster, Sheila Sharoodi, Patricia and Aris Voyer, Kimberly Gambino, Maria Scarola, Maxine Adler, Judy Goldstein, Anthony Greco, Sue Daub, Mary Anne Noud, Jill Ginsberg, Paul Bartko, Jonathan Weiss, Susan and Ed Marciniak and Craig Fox.

The next Hospice of Palm Beach County event for South County is the Best of Boca and Beyond 2011 event, to be held on November 3, 2011 at the Shops at Boca Center.  For more information on this or any event, or for more way to support the programs and services of Hospice of Palm Beach County, please visit www.hpbcf.org or call 561.494.6888.

Cathy and Bill Quinn, Jonathan and Kimberly Weis

Sue Daub, Craig Fox, Mary Anne Noud

Aris and Patricia Voyer

JoAnn Economou and Chip Chapman

Julian and Sue Epstein

  Chip Chapman, Susan Marciniak, Greg Leach

Haute Event: One Thousand Ocean Hosts Hospice Caviar & Champagne Fundraiser
10/5/2011
Posted By Ashley Joy Parker on October 5th, 2011

(Stuart and Cheryl Abramson, Alan and Karyn Katz)

The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation hosted their Caviar & Champagne Tasting Fundraiser on September 22nd, an 8,770-square-foot penthouse at One Thousand Ocean in Boca Raton.

Wine sommelier Joshua Liberman

More than 50 Hospice Foundation donors, volunteers, founders and board members came out for the entertaining and enlightening evening. Joann Economou of Petrossian Caviar and sommelier Joshua Liberman welcome guests with a presenation as they sipped a variety of bubbling champagnes paired with a sampling of savory caviars.

Craig Fox and Arnie Rich

The night also included raffle sales, increasing the funds raised to help the Foundation, which is the primary philanthropic arm for Hospice of Palm Beach County.

Sue Daub, Sue and Julian Epstein, Maryanne Noud

“We were delighted that One Thousand Ocean was singled out for this event. Hospice is a wonderful organization that serves many people and their families in times when help is needed the most,” said Jamie Telchin, president of development for LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels. An LXR affiliate developed One Thousand Ocean.

Mary Coleman and Lauryn Barry

Ann Curry and Matt Lauer share lessons from their fathers
10/2/2011

By USA Weekend

Make A Difference Day is October 22.  The "Today" show's Ann Curry and Matt Lauer encourage you to volunteer locally.

Ann Curry

When I was about 10 or 11 years old, my father told me something that has always stayed with me.  When I would ask him what I should be when I grew up, he always said, "Whatever you do, do something that is of some service to somebody else, because if you do, you'll know that it mattered that you were born."

My father's message propelled me into a life of traveling the world and seeing people in great need with my own eyes.  Over the years, it's become so deeply embedded in my brain that it's kind of a knee-jerk reaction; it's almost impossible for me not to step in and try to do something to help.

Once, as a young reporter on assignment, I saw a child being teased mercilessly on the playground because he had a webbed thumb.  He was an immigrant who barely spoke English, and the kids made fun of him because he was different.

I did a story about him, and after it aired, a doctor called me and offered to fix the boy's thumb for free.  I told the family and went on about my life.  Until one day I got a call from the hospital.  The father said his son wanted to see me.  I walked into the recovery room and the little boy held up his thumb.  His eyes were filled with tears, and with his thick accent he said, "Thank you so much."  Realizing that something I had done had so affected that little boy changed something in me.

What I didn't realize until much later is that by sharing his message, my father had given me the keys to happiness.  In the rush and the hustle and bustle of our lives, we often forget that those simple acts of giving can give our own lives the most value, the most comfort and peace.  People don't realize that doing something for others is actually the most selfish thing you can do.

On October 22, volunteer, give, or simply commit a single act of kindness and you will discover it is a gift you've given yourself.

Matt Lauer

One of those lessons my wife and I try to teach our kids is that giving back is not something you do just at the surface level.  It's something you should really dive into, with consistency and follow-up.  That's why we concentrate our time and energy on a few causes that are very near and important to us as opposed to lending our name to everything.

Chief among them is Hospice of Palm Beach County, which cared for my father when he was dying of lung cancer.  Being exposed to hospice was completely eye opening.  Though it may sound strange, it was a wonderful education at the most crucial time.

Along with trained nurses and physicians, volunteers would come to our home two or three times a day to do things like bathing my dad, and making sure he was comfortable.  They offered advice, wisdom, and counseling.  They prompted us to ask difficult questions, things we were almost too embarrassed or ashamed to ask on our own.

The fact that these people who didn't know my father took such an interest in his comfort and care was just astounding.  Especially because these volunteers know they're going to invest themselves emotionally in a family's existence and go through one of the worst times with them.  There aren't happy endings to these situations.

Since 1998, we've hosted an annual golf tournament to raise money for hospice.  And in 2001, we opened the Jay Robert Lauer Hospice and Palliative Unit at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla.  Every week or two, I get another moving letter from a family who's been helped there.  Paying forward with the gratitude we felt has been incredibly rewarding.

The one word that always crops up to describe the people who work with hospice is "angels." I think that word can describe all volunteers.  The selflessness of people who give of themselves to help others always make me stop in my tracks and take a deep breath.

Even in difficult times like these, if you take a moment to reach out to someone in worse straits that you, you'll be amazed how it will uplift you.  You have that opportunity on Oct. 22.  I hope you'll embrace it.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Sets Date for 3rd Annual Celebrity Pro-Am
9/6/2011

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA - Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is proud to announce the 3rd annual Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament will take place on December 16-17, 2011 at PGA National Resort and Spa. A mecca for players and fans alike, PGA National has a distinguished history of tournament play. The newly designed Palmer Course will offer participants open fairways, larger greens and a series of incredible finishing holes.

Kicking off the weekend festivities will be the elegant cocktail reception in the PGA Grand Ballroom at 6:30pm on December 16th. With sweeping views of the surrounding courses, guests can enjoy exquisite cuisine, sip on signature cocktails, mingle with celebrities, dance to today’s hottest tunes and bid on luxury vacations, incredible jewelry and golf collectibles in both the live and silent auctions. The day of golf will begin with breakfast in the resort at 7:00 a.m. on December 17th and will conclude with the Leisure Time Coins Awards Luncheon.

Chairs of this event are Karen and Doug Smith and Janet Lano. Tickets for the cocktail reception are $250. The cost for the day of golf, which includes two tickets to the cocktail reception, are $1,000. Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs and services of Hospice of Palm Beach County, the provider of choice for hospice care in Palm Beach County.

For more information about this event, or to learn about available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lauryn Barry at (561) 494-6884, email lbarry@hpbcf.org.

Summer Celebration In Support of Hospice of Palm Beach County
8/22/2011

Boca Raton, FL. – Dozens of Boca Raton’s movers and shakers packed the VIP bar at Blue Martini, Town Center Mall in support of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. The event, which took place on July 28, 2011, welcomed in guests to sip on delicious martinis and sample delectable treats while listening to today’s hottest music.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who came out to this event,” said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. “The Boca Raton community has truly opened their hearts to our organization. As our organization grows and we serve more families, it is important for the community to know that significant contributions are made through fundraising events such as this one.”

Notable guests in attendance include; Vicki Accardi, Clare Wilkerson, Sue Costanza, Scott Bermingham, Verena DaLati, Sue and Julian Epstein, Susan Marciniak,  Roz Shuster, Ed and Yoshi Smith and Stephen Weiss.

 

  Alexandra Therenciel, Alice Ramcharan and Susan Movizzo

  Stephen Weiss, Roz Shuster and Verena DaLati

  Pamela Westberg, Kimberly Horn and Scott Bermingham

   Sue Costanza, Vicki Accardi and Clareo Wilkerson

  Ed & Yoshi Smith

 

To learn more about giving opportunities with Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, please visit www.hpbcf.org or call 561.494.6888

12th Annual "Best of Boca & Beyond" to Benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation
8/11/2011

Event to be held Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Shops at Boca Center

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 11, 2011) — Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is pleased to serve as this year’s charitable beneficiary of Boca Raton magazine’s 12thannual “Best of Boca & Beyond” event. The event kicks-off the season’s social calendar, and will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 6-9 pm at the Shops at Boca Center.  Tickets are $40 per person and go on sale September 1 at www.bocamag.com.

“Best of Boca & Beyond” is dedicated to South Florida’s finest community and the quality of life enjoyed in Boca Raton. The event features the ‘best of the best’ in the area in a number of categories including restaurants, retail, arts and culture, services, and more.

“Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is extremely grateful to Boca Raton magazine to be this year’s charity partner,” said Greg Leach, President of the foundation. “Events like Best of Boca help us cover the costs of these programs and services so that everyone who needs and wants our care can receive it. Whether you sponsor an event or attend with friends, know that monies raised directly support our patient care programs. Our Foundation allows us to continue to offer expert care to your friends, your loved ones or your neighbors when you need us most. “

The event features appetizers and desserts from 30 top restaurants; fine wines and specialty cocktails from Herradura Tequila, Bombay Sapphire, Chambord Vodka and Zonin Wines; mini treatments in the Bliss Spa Lounge by W Fort Lauderdale, a swanky wine and cigar lounge by Prime Cigar, live music by the Alex Romano Band, luxury car presentation from Vista BMW, jewelry by D. Stern Jewelers, raffles, a rockin’ after party at Rocco’s Tacos, and more. Additional premium sponsors include The Shops at Boca Center, Devonshire at PGA National, Sanctuary Medical Aesthetics Center, IT’SUGAR, Striano Financial Group/Northwestern Mutual Life, Salon Oasis, Designs by Alyse, Boca Model & Talent Agency, Mizner Grande Realty, Sysco, S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, Cindy Made Them Cookies, and World of Décor.

New this year, Best of Boca & Beyond will honor five outstanding individuals in the Boca Raton community who have made significant contributions to the city. The magazine will honor Dennis Max of the Max Restaurant Group, Ann Marie Krejcarek of Saint Andrew’s School, Nancy Dockerty of the Junior League of Boca Raton, Mary Jane Saunders of FAU, and Candace Goldstein of The Shops at Boca Center. Each of these individual’s respective organizations is celebrating a significant milestone this year, and will be featured in the magazine’s September/October issue.

“This is one of our favorite events of the season,” said Margaret Mary Shuff, Publisher of Boca Raton magazine. “Boca Raton magazine is so proud to host one of the most stylish and exquisite events in South Florida, and we are honored to partner with Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, one of the most respected and worthwhile causes around.”

Hospice of Palm Beach County to expand into Broward
8/9/2011

By Toni Ann-Miller, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Hospice of Palm Beach County will begin offering services in Broward County later this month.

On Friday, the non-profit subsidiary of Spectrum Health, Inc. announced the launch of Hospice of Broward County to reach an area "underserved by hospice care," the press release said.  The new location, at 550 W. Cypress Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale, adds 40 jobs in Broward County.

"We'll implement the successful programs that have benefited over 70,000 patients and families of Hospice of Palm Beach County over the past three decades and adapt programs to meet the unique needs of Broward County," said David Fielding, president and chief executive officer of Spectrum Health, Inc.

Hospice of Palm Beach County is the sixth largest non-profit organization in South Florida by revenue, and it employs more than 900 people, according to the press release.  Earlier this year, the state granted Hospice of Palm Beach County a certificate of need, allowing them to extend their services to Broward County.

Barbara Ivanko, chief operating officer of Spectrum Health Inc., will run both hospice organizations, the release said.

"We are committed to bringing our mission of excellent service and compassionate care to the patients and families of Broward County," Ivanko said. "The healthcare community is excited that we are coming, and we expect to grow rapidly to meet the need in Broward."

So You Think You Can Sing? Open Karaoke Contest
8/5/2011

Benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation

So you think you can sing?  Here's your chance to prove it, and for a very good cause.  Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is looking for participants to compete in the first ever So You Think You Can Sing Contest to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County's music therapy programs.  The event takes place Monday, August 22, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park, 435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

Judges include Troy McLellan, president and CEO of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.  The winner receives a $250 cash prize and bragging rights.  Cost to attend the event and cheer favorite singers is $20 per person, which includes a complimentary drink and buffet provided by the Dubliner Irish Pub.  Entry for contestants is an additional $10.00.  There will also be raffle prizes and a performance by Hospice of Palm Beach County's music therapists.

Hospice of Palm Beach County's music therapy program is a nationally recognized patient-centered, non-invasive treatment, which alleviates pain, stress, restlessness and agitation.  Music therapy is a recognized health profession proved to manage physical symptoms, enhance mood, stimulate memory recall and provide unique opportunities for interaction and intimacy.

So You Think You Can Sing? is part of Boca Festival Days - a series of fun-filled events held at different locations during the month of August and is facilitated by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.  The event is underwritten, in part, by the Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park.

For more information, please contact Mary Coleman at (561) 988-2742 or mcoleman@hpbcf.org.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Receives Fellowship Accreditation in Two Programs and Announces This Year's Medical Fellows
7/27/2011

Hospice of Palm Beach County is now accredited in two fellowship programs in hospice and palliative medicine.  One program is with the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine at JFK Medical Center for allopathic (MD) training, accredited by the Council for Graduate medical Education, (ACGME).  The other is with Columbia Hospital, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and the Palm Beach Centre for Graduate Medical Education, (PBCGME), which is an osteopathic medical center approved by the American osteopathic Association, (AOA).

The Allopathic Fellow at Hospice of Palm Beach County for 2011-2012 is Sufana Alkhunaizi, MD, who has completed her internal medicine residency program at Baystate Medical Center at Tufts University in Boston, MA.  The Osteopathic Fellow is Richard Teitzman, DO, who has completed his internal residency at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach.

"This is the first year Hospice of Palm Beach County is offering osteopathic rotations and the first year training two doctors within the organization," Richard S. Levene, DO, program director and director of medical education at Hospice of Palm Beach County said.  "This provides a unique partnership between osteopathic and allopathic training."

Levene continued, "Nationwide, there are 82 active hospice and palliative care programs in the U.S. with 200 fellows.  Hospice of Palm Beach County now has two of those fellows.  Our fellowship program contributes to quality end-of-life care by educating physicians in the latest treatments and care to terminally ill patient's physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs."

For more information about Hospice of Palm Beach County, visit www.hpbc.com or call 1-800-HOSPICE.

The Allopathic Fellow at Hospice of Palm Beach County for 2011-2012 is Sufana Alkhunaizi, MD, who is currently in her third-year internal medicine residency program at Baystate Medical Center at Tufts University in Boston, Mass.

The Osteopathic Fellow at Hospice of Palm Beach County for 2011-2012 is Richard Teitzman, DO who is a third-year internal resident at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Presents Blue Dove Awards
7/15/2011

Recognizes Members of Black and Hispanic Chambers

Elizabeth "Liz" Cayson and Sean Williams were honored with the 2011 Blue Dove Awards Wednesday for their leadership and community service.  The Blue Dove Awards are presented by Hospice of Palm Beach County in conjunction with the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County.

Cayson is a community relations specialist at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County; Williams owns Williams Accounting Services in West Palm Beach. 

The sixth annual luncheon was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Andre Varona, chief executive officer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, welcomed approximately 80 top business and philanthropic leaders from the two organizations.

In her keynote address, Jacqueline Lopez-Devine, chief clinical officer at Hospice of Palm Beach County, noted that Hospice of Palm Beach County's mission reflects the values exemplified by the winners: "The Blue Dove award honors individuals who maintain high personal and professional ethical standards and who have made a positive difference in our community, resulting in long term and lasting changes for the public good."

For more than 16 years, Cayson has assisted residents through the development and implementation of community initiatives through the Health Care District's programs and services.  In 2010, she received a heroism award from the Traffic Safety Committee of the Palm Beaches for her efforts in saving the life of an infant who was abandoned in the middle of a Belle Glade Street.  Cayson attended the event with her son Corporal Martin Hernandez who just returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

Williams, a certified professional accountant, was cited for his commitment to the Black Chamber, serving as membership chair and actively supporting its events committee in planning and coordinating events.  He also founded and served as president of the Premier Youth Athletic Association where he organized fund-raising to support traveling basketball for area youth.

The Blue Dove Award, created by Hospice of Palm Beach County, provides an opportunity for the two chambers to interact and build relationships.  Hospice of Palm Beach County honors the heritages and traditions of diverse communities as evidenced through its programs and services.

For more information about Hospice of Palm Beach County, visit www.hpbc.com or call 1-800-HOSPICE.

Hospice of palm Beach County's Blue Dove Awards were presented to Elizabeth "Liz" Cayson, community relations specialist at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, and Sean Williams, owner of Williams Accounting Services in West Palm Beach.  They were recognized for their outstanding leadership and service to the residents of Palm Beach County.

Andre Varona, chief executive officer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Jacqueline Lopez-Devine, chief clinical officer at Hospice of Palm Beach County and Derrick Barry, board member, Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County at the Blue Dove Awards.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Resale Shops Seeks Donations From Western Communities
7/7/2011

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, June 28, 2011 - Looking for a place to donate your gently used items? Hospice of Palm Beach County is seeking donations for their resale shops located in West Palm Beach and Juno Beach.  Donating is a rewarding way to give back to the community and your tax-deductible donation supports the diverse programs and services Hospice of Palm Beach County offers to patients and families in our community, regardless of their ability to pay.  Free pick-up service for large items is available.  Call (561) 494-6814 to make arrangements.  Volunteering at our shops is also another great way to contribute.  For more information about Hospice of Palm Beach County, please visit www.hpbc.com or call 1-800-HOSPICE.

Kathy Sanchez, manager at one of hospice of Palm Beach County's Resale Shops is seeking donations.  Free pick-up service for large items is available in the western communities.  Call (561) 494-6814 to make arrangements.

12th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament
6/29/2011

Anglers gather to benefit the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation will host their "12th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament" on July 23.  Weigh-in will take place at both the Riviera Beach Marina and the Castaways Marina and Square Grouper Tiki Bar in Jupiter.  Each year, anglers enjoy a weekend of fun activities in support of the children's bereavement services provided by Hospice of Palm Beach County.

The weekend begins July 21 at 5 p.m. with the "Captains Meeting" at the Riviera Beach Marina offering dinner, entertainment and raffle prizes.  The evening is sponsored by Park Avenue BBQ.

Saturday, anglers may depart from the marina of their choice, but must weigh-in at the Riviera Beach Marina or the Castaways Marina and Square Grouper in Jupiter between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  An awards ceremony, sponsored by CR Chicks, will feature a casual dinner, auction and music, and will follow the tournament at the Riviera Beach Marina.

Chairmen of the "Horizons Fishing Tournament" are Mark Wodlinger and Mike Riseley.  The honorary chair is marine artist Carey Chen.  His work is recognized in fishing magazines, tournament programs and wall-sized murals in some of the world's fishing destinations.  Chen is also an angler and marine conservationist.

Sponsors at time of press include: Grandslam Castaways KDW, Wells Fargo, AFLAC, Contender Boats, Cod & Capers, D.S. Eakins Construction, FPL, C.R. Dunn, Inc., Riviera Beach Marina and the Castaways Marina and Square Grouper Tiki Bar.

The registration fee is $150-$300 based on dated of entry and includes: one boat entry with up to six anglers, one T-shirt and two tickets to the awards ceremony dinner.  To register for the tournament, call Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation at 561-494-6884 or visit http://www.hpbcf.org.

ProAm Golf Classic Benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County's First Inpatient Facility
6/21/2011

Golf balls were dropping from the sky or rather a helicopter as part of the firs annual Pro/Am Golf Classic to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County's first inpatient facility- The Jay Robert Lauer Hospice & Palliative Care Unit at JFK Medical Center.  The event held at Atlantis Country Club began with a luncheon, generously sponsored by Carrabba's Italian Grill, followed by a "copter drop," where golf balls purchased as a 50/50 raffle, were dropped from a helicopter onto the 10th green - the three balls closest to the hole won.  Nat Nason won first place and $500.

An awards reception with silent auction followed the tournament.  Approximately $30,000 was raised for the inpatient facility.  For more information about Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, please call (561) 494-6881 or visit www.hpbcf.org.

(L-R) Greg Leach, Janice and Dr. Rick Levene

Greg Leach, Presdient of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation with honorary Chairs Janice and Dr. Rick Levene at the organization's Pro/Am Golf Classic to benefit the Jay Robert Lauer Hospice & Palliative Care Unit at JFK Medical Center.

(L-R) Jim Kintz with Beth and Larry Charbonneau

Atlantis Country Club's Jim Kintz, with tournament sponsors Beth and Larry Charbonneau, at the Pro/Am Golf Classic to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

(L-R) Karen and Doug Smith

Karen and Doug Smith, chairs of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation's Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament held in December at the Pro/Am summer event.

So You Think You Can Sing? Open Karaoke Contest
6/20/2011

Benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation

So you think you can sing? Here's your chance to prove it, and for a very good cause.  Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation is looking for participants to compete in the first ever So You Think You Can Sing Contest to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County's music therapy programs.  The event takes place Monday, August 22, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park, 435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

The winner receives a $250 cash prize and bragging rights.  Cost to attend the event and cheer favority singers is $20 per person, which includes a complimentary drink and buffet provided by the Dubliner Irish Pub. Entry for contestants is an additional $10.00.  There will also be raffle prizes and a performance by Hospice of Palm Beach County's music therapists.

Hospice of Palm Beach County's music therapy program is a nationally recognized patient-centered, non-invasive treatment, which alleviates pain, stress, restlessness and agitation.  Music therapy is a recognized health profession proven to manage physical symptoms, enhance mood, stimulate memory recall and provide unique opportunities for interaction and intimacy.

So You Think You Can Sing? is part of Boca Festival Days - a series of fun-filled events held at different locations during the month of August and is facilitated by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.  The event is underwritten, in part, by the Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park.

For more information, please contact Mary Coleman at (561) 988-2742 or mcoleman@hpbcf.org.

South County Celebrates Summer in the Blue Martini VIP Bar
6/20/2011

Celebrate summer with friends...and for a worthy cause.  Join south county movers and shakers for a Hospice Cares charity event Thursday, July 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the VIP Bar at Blue Martini, Town Center Mall in Boca Raton.  Enjoy a complimentary drink and passed hors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes and more - just $20 per person.  Funds raised benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County's patient care programs.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Mary Coleman at (561) 988-2742 or mcoleman@hpbcf.org.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Awards Jimmy Smith Nursing Scholarship
5/23/2011

In 2007, Jimmy Smith, a registered nurse at Hospice of Palm Beach County, (HPBC), was named Palm Healthcare Foundation's Nurse of the Year.  To honor this achievement, Hospice of Palm Beach County created a nursing scholarship in his name.  This year, HPBC is proud to present Jimmy Smith Nursing Scholarships to Wanda Baker and Rosettea Sharpe, both members of the Hospice of Palm Beach County nursing team.  Baker and Sharpe will each receive $1,500 to further their nursing education.

(L-R) Jacqueline Lopez-Devine, Rosettea Sharpe and Wanda Baker

Wanda Baker, who is pursuing her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse, (RN), began her career with Hospice of Palm Beach County 22 years ago.  In those years she has served patients in the roles of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN.  A resident of West Palm Beach, Wanda is a single mom, with two children, ages 9 and 23 years old.  She loves her profession and wants to promote the field of nursing to young men and women.

Rosettea Sharpe, also a West Palm Beach resident, has been with HPBC for three years.  As an LPN and a busy, single mom with five children, (ages 18, 14, 11 and two-year-old twins) Rosettea is grateful for the scholarship to support her efforts in becoming a registered nurse.  She believes that it takes a special kind of person to be a Hospice nurse and feels privileged to help those during such a significant time in their lives.

"It is an honor to have a scholarship established in my name, which allows nurses to continue their education, broaden their horizons and provide quality care," Jimmy Smith said.  "Nursing is my passion."

A man with No Name Remembered: Chaplain at Hospice of Palm Beach County Wins Award for Story about Meaningful Experience
5/18/2011

  Joe McNett

A story about a man with no name and no family, who touched the hearts of those caring for him at Hospice of Palm Beach County, won the Hospice Storybook Award from the Florida Hospices and Palliative Care (FHPC) organization.  The story, which was written by Hospice of Palm Beach County Chaplain Joseph McNett, a resident of Lake Worth, won the award at the FHPC forum recently held in Orlando.

The Hospice Storybook Award recognizes original, non-published works from individuals about their most meaningful hospice experience.

McNett wrote about a patient they named Pedro.  As best as they can tell from his co-workers, he was an emigrant from Puerto Rico, who was living in a run-down trailer.  Pedro had a tracheotomy which prevented most verbal communication and he communicated with gestures and facial expressions.

"Despite his slow decline and physical difficulties, Pedro was constantly roaming the halls and taking walks...the one thing we could always count on was a smile or salute from him," wrote McNett.

"Unfortunately, despite our best efforts we were never really able to find out who he was.  Pedro's memory was ravaged and he could only recall bits and pieces," McNett continued, "Pedro had no one...We cared for him and loved him...Although there was no one to claim him then...we do now."

Many of the staff contributed money to purchase a memorial brick from Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.  They even gathered for a memorial service in Pedro's memory.  The brick was signed on the bottom and sides by all the in-patient staff to symbolize the care and support of their friend.

McNett concluded, "He is an example of so many other patients who need someone to care for them at the end of life."

Hospice of Palm Beach County Awarded Excellence in Program Innovation
5/12/2011

A Hospice of Palm Beach County (HPBC) program focusing on the services professionals can provide to Hospice patients and their families was awarded the distinguished Program Innovation Award by the Florida Hospices and Palliative Care (FHPC) organization.  The award was presented May 7, at the excellence in Program Innovation Awards in conjunction with FHPC's 26th Annual Forum held in Orlando.

(L-R) Paul Ledford, Regina Di Pietro, Dave Fielding and Joe Hamilton

The Professional Volunteer Program, developed by Hospice of Palm Beach County's Volunteer Department, encourages professionals in specialized areas to assist Hospice of Palm Beach County staff, patients and their families by providing valuable services.  Lawyers, accountants, medical billing specialists, for example, are encouraged to give their time and expertise.  Physicians, pharmacists, licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses, licensed massage therapists and other professionals provide their specialized services.

One of Hospice of Palm Beach County's professional volunteers, Diane Harrypersaud, worked for an accounting firm for 11 years before she became a stay-at-home mother with a desire to help others.  Harrypersaud does double volunteer duty, working a few hours every other week in Hospice of Palm Beach County's accounting department and making bereavement support phone calls to families.

"The Professional Volunteer Program has added a new dimension to our overall volunteer program," said Joe Hamilton, Professional Volunteer Coordinator.  "It increases and broadens the scope of services provided to our patients and their families.  In its first year, 68 licensed or accredited individuals donated nearly 1,500 hours of service.  These professionals provide valuable services to those who choose Hospice of Palm Beach County."

The Excellence in Program Innovation Award recognized accomplishments that hospice and palliative care programs have made in bringing innovating services and programs to their practices and their communities.

For more information about the volunteer program at Hospice of Palm Beach County, visit www.hpbc.com or call 561-227-5231.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Celebrates Life
5/9/2011

For those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, it is a tremendous comfort to know there are those who understand the myriad of emotions that follow.  Hospice of Palm Beach County understands this need and offers extensive bereavement services to those who have experienced a loss and is offered at no charge to the families of Hospice patients.

One of the programs Hospice of Palm Beach County offers is a Celebration of Life event.  This year, it will held Saturday May 21 at Unity of the Palm Beaches, 1957 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach.  Doors open at 2:30 p.m. - the program begins at 3:00 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a photo or other remembrance item to place on the Memory Wall to honor the memory of loved ones.

Developed by Hospice of Palm Beach County as part of their John J. Brogan Bereavement Center programming, the Celebration of Life event is one of many services available to support families in the community.  Last year approximately 150 people attended the Celebration.

"Celebration of Life offers our families an opportunity to remember their loved ones in a supportive atmosphere with others who have experienced similar emotions," said Chelsea Johnson, supportive care manager at Hospice of Palm Beach County.

For more information about the Celebration of Life even or other Hospice of Palm Beach County programs call 561-227-5175

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Announces New Board Appointments
5/5/2011

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation announces the appointment of five respected business leaders to its Board of Directors: Thomas Burns, CPA a partner with Cocuy, Burns & Co. P.A.; Robert Friedman, president of R.M.F. Financial, Inc.; Alfred G. Morici, Esq, of counsel with Cohen, Norris, Scherer, Weinberger & Wolmer; Marilyn Siebrasse, vice president and wealth management advisor at the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank and Beth Walton, president and chief executive officer of the Town of Palm Beach United Way.

"Our strength in the community is a reflection of the leadership of our board of directors," Greg Leach, president at Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation said. "We are honored to have these outstanding community leaders join us in our mission."

Thomas G. Burns has served on the boards of SunFest of Palm Beach County, Palms West Chamber of Commerce and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and continues to volunteer with SunFest and Palms West Chamber of Commerce. His firm, Cocuy, Burns & Co., P.A. is based in Wellington.  Burns holds a bachelor of science degree from Florida State University and enjoys golf and travel.  He resides in West Palm Beach, with his wife Patience - they have two children.

Robert M. Friedman chaired the board of the urban league of Palm Beach County and presently serves as chairman of its Advisory Board.  he also served on the board and as campaign chair for United Way, is Co-Founder of the Dan Marino Center in Weston, Florida and volunteers with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Friedman is a Chartered Life Underwriter, (CLU) and holds a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University.  His firm, R.M.F. Financial, Inc., is based in Coral Springs.  he lives in Boca Raton, with his wife Karen Volvek.  They have three children.

Alfred G. Morici has served as the past president of the Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council and has served on the boards of South Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Boca Raton Estate Planning Council.  He is currently a member of the Palm Beach Yacht Club.  He holds a bachelor of science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his juris doctorate is from University of Santa Clara and his master of law degree from Georgetown University.  He resides in Wellington, FL., and has one daughter.

Marilyn Siebrasse has served as treasurer of the Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach County since June 2009.  While living in Ohio, Siebrasse was board member for Creative Living, an organization encouraging independent living for adults with severe disabilities.  Her volunteer and fundraising activities included: Junior Achievement, United Way, AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati and the March of Dimes.

Siebrasse earned a bachelors and masters degree in business administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She lives in Stuart with her husband Martin, has one daughter and two step-daughters, and enjoys boating and golf. U.S. Bank's Private Client Reserve is located in West Palm Beach. 

Beth Walton is president and chief executive officer of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. She serves as treasurer of Palm Beach Dramaworks and is a vestry member, chairman of the Stewardship Commission and a member of the Outreach Commission committee at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.  Walton also served as president of Episcopal Churchwomen and chaired the Search Committee of the Strategic Planning Commission.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Walton, lives in Lake Clarke Shores, with husband Jim.  They have three children.  She enjoys walking, refinishing furniture, boating, bike riding and tennis.

The Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for Hospice of Palm Beach County, which offers specialized programs and services to those in need of end-of-life care, regardless of their ability to pay.  To learn more about Hospice of Palm Beach County, the Foundation and their programs and services and to become involved, visit www.hpbcf.org or call 561-494-6888

12th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament Offers Weekend of Activities for Local Anglers
4/18/2011

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation will host their 12th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament, Saturday, July 23, 2011.  Weigh in is at the Riviera Beach Marina.  Each Year, anglers enjoy a weekend of fun activities while supporting children's bereavement services provided by Hospice of Palm Beach County to families in the community.

The weekend begins Thursday, July 21, 5:00 p.m., with a "Captains Meeting" event offering dinner, entertainment and raffle prizes.  The evening is generously sponsored by Park Avenue BBQ.

Saturday, anglers may depart from the marina of their choice, but must weigh in at the Riviera Beach Marina between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. An awards ceremony, complete with a casual dinner, auction and music, will follow the tournament.

Chairman of the Horizons Fishing Tournament are Mark Wodlinger and Mike Riseley.  The honorary chair is internationally-known, marine artist, Carey Chen.  His work is recognized in fishing magazines, tournament programs and wall-sized murals in some of the world's best known fishing destinations.  Chen is also an angler and marine conversationist.

Sponsors (to date) of the tournament are: Grandslam Castaways KDW, Cod & Capers, Contender Boats, C. R. Dunn, Inc., and D.S Eakings Construction.

The registration fee is $150-$300 based on date of entry and includes; one boat entry with up to six anglers, one t-shirt, and two tickets to the awards ceremony dinner. To register for the tournament, please call Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation at 561-494-6884 or visit www.hpbcf.org.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation thanks benefactors at Chairman's Reception
4/2/2011

Zach and Marilyn Morfogen with James Borynack

By Shannon Donnelly, Daily News Society Editor

The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation honored its generous supporters at the annual Chairman's Reception.

The event took place March 8 at the Wally Findlay Galleries.

The reception included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the recognition of the major contributors who help the organization serve 7,000 patients in Palm Beach County each year.

"This event allows us to recognize and thank those donors who do so much to ensure Hospice of Palm Beach County is there for every family at their time of need," said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation., in his brief remarks.

"Their support is invaluable in helping us serve each and every patient and their families."

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation raises funds in support of the non reimbursable programs and services the organization makes available to patients nearing the end of life, including access to medication, social workers, physicians, nurses and chaplains, regardless of ability to pay.

More than 100 people attended.

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