Com­pass Re­gional Hospice hosts an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS [email protected]­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

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.”

PHO­TOS BY JACK RODGERS

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.”

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