On a warm evening in April, hundreds of individuals gathered for the Appreciation Dinner in tribute to our volunteers who contributed over 45,000 hours in 2014 for Hospice East Bay. These hours were generously provided to our Thrift Shoppes, Tree of Lights and foundation events, patient support, Bruns House, and our Pleasant Hill office. These volunteers bring their light, energy and commitment to whatever they do. This year we had a chance to honor two very special volunteers—Mary Lou and Pat Baratta.
November is not only National Hospice Month, but also the month we reflect on things we are thankful for. As a not-for-profit, we rely on the generosity of our donors and volunteers. We are fortunate to have many community groups that give their time and share their talents with us. One such group, Friends of Hospice Rossmoor, organized their second successful Rossmoor Art & Wine event in early October.
Our largest fundraising event, the Celebration of Care, was on May 16th at the Diablo Country Club. Guests enjoyed “A Night in Paris” and helped raise over $180,000 for Hospice East Bay’s programs and services.
Residents returned to the Event Center in a festive mood for the Second Annual Art & Wine gathering on October 5th. Attendees enjoyed the eclectic collection of art, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, hand-painted silk scarves, while sampling an interesting array of wines and Creekside’s amazing small bites. The silent auction was full of beautiful, interesting and whimsical items, including a magnificent wooden hawk sculpture!
Every year, Hospice of the East Bay has the honor of celebrating over 300 volunteers who support our agency. This years' dinner was held in the Pleasant Hill Senior Center and was emceed by Christopher Joyce, Vice President of Human Resources. President and CEO Cindy Hatton personally thanked all the volunteers for their selflessness and dedication to the agency's mission.
Some volunteers took the stage and shared stories that illustrated the profound difference they make in the lives of our patients and their loved ones. These stories inspire and reconnect us with our mission.
Volunteers with five, ten and fifteen years of service were recognized with awards. Three special awards for service were presented this year: Sue Phelan received an award for twenty years of service, Renee Ross for twenty-five years, and Kay Aaker for thirty years of service!
As a community-based hospice we rely on the generosity of our donors to help provide the services that set us apart from other hospice organizations. We are blessed to have many community organizations and companies support us through events and sponsorships.
Nina McLemore Visits Orinda Country Club
Once again Hospice East Bay’s longtime friend, Diana Haas, arranged to have New York Designer Nina McLemore present her Spring/Summer fashions at a trunk show at the Orinda Country Club.
Spring symbolizes new beginnings and here at Hospice of the East Bay we are experiencing a fresh look. Our Pleasant Hill office is under construction as we make room for our growing staff needs. We have remodeled the old warehouse in the back of the building with offices for our Human Resources, Foundation and Retail departments. The main building will now have more room for our clinicians to work and collaborate between patient visits. These changes in our work environment will make us more efficient and ensure that we are here to service our communities for years to come.
One of the reasons we are able to provide the quality services that make us the premiere hospice in the area is our volunteers. In 2014, foundation volunteers worked over 29,000 hours and clinical volunteers over 12,000! These wonderful people truly believe in our mission and we could not do what we do without them.
Spring symbolizes new life and new beginnings, and at Hospice of the East Bay we are introducing a fresh look. We have undergone a rebranding process that has resulted in a new logo and an updated website. This is an exciting time at our agency as we are averaging 220 patients on service per day. We continue to grow to meet our community's needs providing the quality care and services that make us the premiere hospice in the area.
Our 300 volunteers are the backbone of our agency, providing essential tasks throughout every department. We honored our volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on April 10th at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center.
As a community-based hospice, we rely on the generosity of our donors to provide the services that set us apart from other hospice organizations. We are blessed to have many community organizations and companies support us through events and sponsorships.
Wine Women & Shoes 2014
Over 300 women attended Wine Women & Shoes at the new Pleasant Hill Community Center on a glorious May afternoon. The event support two local causes—Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District and Hospice of the East Bay.
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.
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