Gala raises more than $140K for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Senior Satellite -

CENTREVILLE — More than 225 hospice sup­port­ers at­tended the Com­pass Re­gional Hospice Gala April 7 at An­nie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House in Gra­sonville — con­tin­u­ing a tra­di­tion of giv­ing that has sus­tained hospice in the com­mu­nity for many years.

The gala guests helped raise more than $140,000 for hospice care and grief sup­port pro­grams.

Com­pass Re­gional Hospice was founded in 1985 as Hospice of Queen Anne’s to pro­vide hospice care for the peo­ple of Queen Anne’s County. To­day, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care and grief sup­port ser­vices for peo­ple of all ages in Caro­line, Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties.

“We are so grate­ful for the many in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses that sup­ported our largest fundrais­ing event of the year,” said Heather Guerieri, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice.

The top tier Pro­file spon­sor for the 2017 Gala was the Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278. The Courage spon­sors for the event were Alan and Penny Grif­fith. Char­ac­ter spon­sors were Hu­man Re­sources Inc., R.B. Baker and Sons Inc., Shore United Bank, Tri Gas and Oil Co. Inc. and Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health.

The Gala Spirit spon­sors were Anne Arun­del Med­i­cal Cen­ter; Ch­e­sa­peake Laser and Skin Care Cen­ter; Ed­wards Phar­macy; Mullen, Sond­berg, Wim­bish and Stone P.A.; Queen­stown Bank of Mary­land; Pete and Diane Pap­pas; Paula’s Fine Jew­elry; David and Car­rie Suther­land; and Wil­low Con­struc­tion LLC.

Paula Warner of Paula’s Fine Jew­elry in Gra­sonville spon­sored a jew­elry raf­fle that raised more than $8,000. The win­ners of the raf­fle, Bob En­gram and Con­nie Clark, chose a piece of jew­elry dur­ing a pri­vate shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.

In ad­di­tion to Guerieri’s work, Kenda Lea­ger and Kris­ten Ma­jchrzak of the Com­pass Re­gional Hospice de­vel­op­ment staff; a com­mit­tee of board mem­bers; and com­mu­nity sup­port­ers worked for months to plan every de­tail of the fundraiser.

Gala com­mit­tee mem­bers in­cluded board of­fi­cers Julie McMa­han Thomas, sec­re­tary; Teresa Bau­mann, trea­surer; and board mem­bers Martha Baker, Kathy Ci­ambr­us­chini, Joyce Davis, Kathy Deoudes, Jan­ice Fee­ley and Diane Pap­pas. Com­mu­nity sup­port­ers on the com­mit­tee were Cathy Adel­man, Biana Arentz, Kim Kra­tovil, Sandy Mitchell, Lisa Smith and Paula Warner.

Amidst the fun, food and auc­tion bid­ding, a video slideshow re­vealed a sneak peek into the ren­o­va­tion plans for the build­ing at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The plan fo­cused on im­prov­ing the func­tion­al­ity of the cur­rent build­ing so it bet­ter serves as the home base for the Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter, while con­tin­u­ing to serve as the res­i­den­tial and gen­eral in­pa­tient Hospice Cen­ter.

Wrap­ping up the evening, spe­cial guest Shana Corder helped the gala at­ten­dees bet­ter un­der­stand the im­por­tance of their fi­nan­cial sup­port by retelling her fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ence with the grief sup­port ser­vices of­fered through the Com­pass Re­gional Hospice Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter.

Corder lives in Sudlersville with her four chil­dren: Lo­gan, Gabrielle, Michael and Faith. Af­ter her hus­band, Mikey, passed away un­ex­pect­edly in fall 2015, friends told her to reach out to Com­pass Re­gional Hospice.

“As a fam­ily, we were try­ing to deal with how to find the courage to move on,” Corder said. “At first, I was un­sure as to why I would reach out to hospice.”

How­ever, a month af­ter her hus­band’s pass­ing, Corder

The 2017 Com­pass Re­gional Hospice Gala com­mit­tee mem­bers who helped plan the an­nual fundraiser are, from left, seated: Paula Warner, Diane Pap­pas, Heather Guerieri, Mar­sha Wilder, Joyce Davis and Kenda Lea­ger. From left, stand­ing, are Kim Kra­tovil, Teresa Bau­mann, Sandy Mitchell, Biana Arentz, Julie McMa­han Thomas, Cathy Adel­man, Martha Baker, Jan­ice Fee­ley, Lisa Smith, Kathy Deoudes and Kris­ten Ma­jchrzak. Kathy Ci­ambr­us­chini, a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, is not pic­tured.

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