For the second year in a row, the Clayton Valley Garden Club delivered beautiful plants to our Pleasant Hill office to be delivered to our patients. This year our nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors and patient volunteers distributed 150 plants to their patients. This loving annual event is the brainchild of Linda Manns Karp. Linda named the event "Blossoms for Barbara" in her mother's memory. Linda wanted to bring a little joy to patients and their families who are dealing with the grief of losing someone they loved.
We appreciate these flowering tokens of affection and are grateful to Linda, the Clayton Valley Garden Club, and all their sponsors for brightening patients' days.
Hospice of the East Bay was delighted to present a two-person play—Love Letters, by A.R. Gurney—on Sunday, February 16, at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center. Our own patient volunteer Jerry Johnson and Triage Nurse Denise Zavaleta were spellbinding in their portrayals of two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences in humorous and poignant letter exchanges.
One Hospice of the East Bay staff member enjoyed the performance so much that she got her church in Danville to host a repeat performance on Sunday, March 9th.
Special thanks to our two in-house stars for sharing their time and talent for this fundraiser as well as Peace Lutheran Church and everyone who attended both performances.
2nd Annual Rossmoor Walk
The Friends of Hospice Rossmoor organized the 2nd Annual Rossmoor Walk, Monday, May 5th, between 9:00 – 11:30 am. Last year over 270 Rossmoor residents attended the event which raised more than $6,000. This year we hit the $10,000 mark! What a great way to get your exercise while walking in remembrance of a loved one, and making a tax-deductible contribution to Hospice of the East Bay.
We would like to thank our event sponsors: the Rossmoor Activities Council, Charles Schwab of Walnut Creek, Rossmoor Realty and Whole Foods Market of Walnut Creek for their generosity.
Nina McLemore Trunk Show
Hospice of the East Bay is fortunate to have a longtime friend in Diana Haas. Last month she arranged to have New York Designer Nina McLemore present her Spring/Summer fashions at a trunk show at the Orinda Country Club. Guests were invited to make appointments with the designer for a personalized consultation and attend a cocktail party with Nina and her staff. The party was well-attended and guests had a great time trying on the beautiful clothing while sipping wine and enjoying appetizers with their friends. The two-day trunk show netted over $50,000, and Hospice of the East Bay will receive a portion of these proceeds as well as from future sales. We are grateful to Diana Haas, Nina McLemore, Molly Vitanel and Mary Casey for their generosity and gift of time.
Rossmoor Respite Care Grant
Hospice of the East Bay is honored to have been chosen as the steward of a $72,000 grant that will be used to provide respite care for caregivers of our patients that live in Rossmoor.
Respite care at home is not covered by Medicare, so this fund would cover these costs. We are grateful to the John Muir Health Foundation and Friends of Hospice Rossmoor for allowing us to serve the residents of Rossmoor with their respite care needs.
Tree of Lights 2013
This was an extraordinary Tree of Lights season for Hospice of the East Bay. For the first time we dedicated all eleven tree ceremonies to local family members: Gloria Mann in Alamo; David Newstadt in Blackhawk; William John Dobson in Brentwood; Donald Porter Shaffer in Concord; Kenneth Docter in Danville; Jacob, John Kinder & Mable Stewart in Martinez; Mary Elena Dochterman in Moraga; Officer Robert Eugene Lauderdale in Pleasant Hill; Norma Heatley & Joan Holman in Rossmoor; and Joseph Sionet in Walnut Creek. Surrounded by their friends and family, everyone who attended cherished their own memories of loved ones for whom they dedicated a light on the tree.
Come play golf at the 7th Annual Friends of 1515 Golf Tournament on Monday, July 28th at Round Hill Country Club. This is one you don't want to miss, with lots of giveaways, food and beverages, and a cocktail reception after. A portion of the proceeds benefit Hospice of the East Bay.
Also, all four Rossmoor Golf Clubs are coming together to sponsor a golf tournament to benefit the Bruns House on Thursday, September 4th.
Mark your calendar and check our website for more information soon to come.
Wine Women & Shoes
On Sunday, May 18th from 2pm to 5pm, the city of Pleasant Hill will host the first ever Contra Costa Wine, Women, & Shoes, a benefit for both Hospice of the East Bay and the youth, teen and senior programs of Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District.
This event will light up Pleasant Hill Community Center's Perera Pavilion with the luxurious sumptuousness of good wine, great food and fun shopping.
Browse the latest shoes and accessories and chat with people who know their fashion. Stay for the fantastic fashion show. Be dazzled by the Shoe Guys and, of course, bid on the one-of-a-kind items at the auctions. What's not to love about this event?
Save the Date for Art & Wine!
On Saturday, October 11th the Friends of Hospice Rossmoor will host an Art & Wine Event to benefit Hospice of the East Bay. This is the first event of this kind and will be one not to miss. Check our website for more information.
Thank You Rotary!
We would like to thank the Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary for their generous gift of wall-mounted televisions for each of our six private rooms at the Bruns House. This will help to enhance the home experience we strive to give our patients and their families at the house.