Gala raises more than $140K for Compass Regional Hospice
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.