Compass Regional Hospice hosts annual Festival of Trees
DENTON — Compass Regional Hospice hosted a holiday mixer and fundraiser at the Towers Family Historical Museum for staff and community members interested in bidding on displays featured in the Caroline County Festival of Trees Thursday, Nov. 29.
The fundraiser featured a little over 40 trees created by a host of organizations and individuals. Compass Regional Hospice eventually would raise over $8,500, which will benefit hospice care and grief support services in Caroline County, provided by Compass Regional Hospice.
Bill Towers, owner of the Towers Family Historical Museum, said he and his wife, Gail, were thrilled to be able to host the festival trees for a second straight year.
“We’re here to support them,” Towers said. “We’re doing this, we’re having a bluegrass show in the spring, ... So we do several events a year to support hospice.”
Towers said the community response for the Caroline County Festival of Trees is normally positive, as the museum receives a lot of visitors waiting to bid on displays. He said the event normally raises a good amount of money for Compass Regional Hospice.
Towers said he and his wife continue to support Compass Regional Health because they have done so since 2013, helping the organization host events and organize them.
“It’s a good cause, its a really good asset to the community,” Towers said. “We do what we can to help things keep going.”
Hospice and Palliative Care Network President Heather Guerieri said the Towers’ hosted the former Caroline Hospice Foundation’s fundraiser at the museum. She said Compass Regional Hospice was happy the couple was receptive to hosting their event at the museum as well.
“This would be the first time that Compass Regional Hospice has hosted it here with them,” Guerieri said. “It just goes to show how amazing the residents and donors of Caroline County are, just like the Towers’ — we’re blessed to have them.”
Guerieri said having an opportunity for local business members to see the displays and bid on them helped foster a greater relationship between the organization and Compass Regional Hospice.
Guerieri said community members also come to the event to learn more about the organization and at times volunteer or offer their time to the organization.
“I think that’s a really great thing to start the event off,” Guerieri said. “We really are trying to grow our fundraising efforts here in Caroline County since we haven’t been doing that for very long.”
A tree on display with the theme of “Country Christmas” during the Compass Regional Hospices’ Holiday mixer Thursday, Nov. 29. The tree was donated by Sherry Councell, Wynne Aroom and Beth Laramore.
A tree donated by the Heritage Financial Consultants on display during Compass Regional Hospice’s Holiday mixer Thursday, Nov. 29. This tree’s theme is titled as “Superheros.”
A tree donated by friends of Compass Regional Hospice on display Thursday, Nov. 29 during the company’s holiday mixer.
A tree donated by the North Caroline High School Band on display at the Towers Family Historical Museum Thursday, Nov. 29. The theme of this tree is titled “The Island of Misfit Toys.”
A tree donated by Domino’s Pizza on display during the Compass Regional Hospice Holiday mixer Thursday, Nov. 29.
A tree donated by Gray’s Gas Inc. on display at the Towers Historical Museum Thursday, Nov. 29. This tree’s theme was labeled as “Santa’s Little Helpers.”
A display donated by Creative Junktion, a Greensboro business. This tree’s them is labeled as “Drift Away During Christmas.”
A tree donated by Towers Concrete Products on display at the Compass Regional Hospice Holiday mixer Thursday, Nov. 29. The theme for this tree is titled as “Truckin’ Through the Holidays.”