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Training for New Volunteers Nov. 8
Berea, Ky., 27 October 2014
Hospice Care Plus volunteer Joan Robinson helps a guest with a scrapbook page in memory of her grandfather during a Making Memories Workshop. Helping with special events like this is one of many roles volunteers can fill at the organization.
ospice Care Plus will host a training for new volunteers on Sat., Nov. 8, from 9am-4pm at Beattyville Community Christian Church in Beattyville.

Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Julie at 859-626-9292, 888-334-0009, or hospice@hospicecp.org.

The training prepares individuals to volunteer in a variety of roles with the organization, from answering phones or helping with special events to working directly with patients and families.

Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator, says the training in Beattyville is open to anyone, but residents of Lee, Owsley and Jackson counties are especially encouraged to attend.

“Our patients and families do best when they have the support of a full hospice team,” says Julie. “That includes not only our paid, professional staff, but also our trained volunteers. They can make a world of difference, both with our home patients and with our nursing home patients in Beattyville and Booneville.”

Julie says the training includes topics from communication skills and spiritual care to grief and loss.

This training was scheduled after members of Beattyville Community Christian Church expressed interest in supporting hospice's work in the area. Eight members of the congregation have pre-registered. The church also agreed to host the training and to invite all members of the community to attend.

To learn more about the training, about volunteering with Hospice Care Plus, or to register for the Nov. 8 training, contact Julie at 859-626-9292, 888-334-0009, or hospice@hospicecp.org.

Hospice Care Plus is a non-profit organization and the provider of hospice care to residents of Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. The organization offers home hospice care, inpatient hospice care at the Compassionate Care Center, bereavement support and palliative care. Learn more at hospicecp.org.



Hospice Opens “Memories Matter Workshop” to Public
Berea, Ky., 27 October 2014
A young lady places items about her grandfather in a shadowbox in one of last year’s Making Memories workshops for hospice families. Hospice Care Plus will host a public Making Memories Workshop on Nov. 18.
hey were started by a creative volunteer and quickly became beloved by family members of hospice patients. And now, the Memories Matter Workshops are opening up to the public.

Nora Brashear, LCSW, bereavement coordinator at Hospice Care Plus, will lead the first public workshop on Tues., Nov. 18, from 6-8pm at Trinity PCA Church, Spangler Drive, Richmond.

RSVPs are highly encouraged due to limited space. Contact Nora at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org to sign-up. Guests of all ages are invited to attend. There is no fee to participate.

The Memories Matter workshops give participants the chance to make either shadow boxes or scrapbook pages in memory of a loved one. Hospice Care Plus has hosted several for family members of its patients, including one just for children.

“It’s wonderful to see the mementos people bring, the photos, and all the treasured items they have about their spouse, their parent, their grandparent, their child,” says Nora. “From Elvis concert tickets and old letters to bingo cards, jewelry, newspaper articles, fishing lures and handkerchiefs, we’re amazed at the collections people bring and the creative ways they use them to make the boxes and memory pages.”

Scrapbooking papers like these, and countless other supplies, are provided by Hospice Care Plus for the Making Memories Workshop. Guests only have to bring their favorite items and photos.

The workshops are possible because of grants from McDonald’s, Rite Aid, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Hospice’s staff and volunteers donate other supplies, such as scrapbook paper, felt, glue, paper cutters, stencils, stickers, scissors, and much more. Guests only have to bring mementos and other items related to their loved one.

“It’s the physical, tactile nature of it as a mourning activity that moves you along,” says Nora. “The reason activities like this one are good is that you’re revisiting and preserving memories of your loved one. That’s very beneficial to the grieving process. It’s an act of mourning, but also of storytelling and fellowship.”

To learn more about Hospice Care Plus or the Memories Matter workshops, call 859-986-1500 or 800-806-5492.



New! Color of Hope Color Run for Hospice!
Berea, Ky., 07 August 2014
e are excited to announce a brand new fundraiser for Hospice Care Plus: the Color of Hope Hospice 5K Color Run!

It's scheduled for Sat., Oct. 11, at 8:00 a.m. in Irvine. Use the “Register Now” button to learn more and to register.

To take advantage of early-bird rates and guarantee a free Color of Hope tee-shirt, register by Sept. 19.

A color run is an untimed run or walk that feels much more like a party than a race. Participants generally wear white or light-colored clothing. Volunteers toss brightly colored powders at runners and walkers as they proceed along the route, and then again at the finish line.

The powders are cornstarch-based, non-toxic, and not permanent.

By the end, participants look like walking rainbows. Most bring cameras, because they love to share their post-race pictures on Facebook and other sites.

“There's a lot of excitement about this fundraiser,” says Brenna Wallhausser, Hospice's director of public relations. “It's a really whimsical, fun event. We also think it may be the first color run in the area. Volunteers in Irvine are hard at working planning it, and they are excellent at what they do. I have no doubt it will be a huge, colorful success.”

All proceeds from the event will go to Hospice Care Plus programs for patients and families.

To learn more or to register, visit the Color of Hope event page or call Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500 or 800-806-5492.



Rockcastle Saddle Club to Host Benefit Ride
Berea, Ky., 23 July 2014
nce again, the Rockcastle County Saddle Club is hosting a benefit ride at the beautiful Red Hill Horse Camp in Livingston. Known as the Rockcastle County Saddle Club Cancer Ride, the event donates all proceeds to Hospice Care Plus.

The ride is Saturday, August 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Red Hill Horse Camp. Organizers request a minimum donation of $10 to participate. A meal will be provided after the ride.

For questions about the event, contact Betsy or Lauren at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Sag Hallow Golf Tournament July 26
Berea, Ky., 23 July 2014
hanks to the hard work of community volunteers, the Sag Hallow Golf Tournament in Owsley County is once again raising funds for Hospice Care Plus patient programs.

The 18-hole tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. To register, contact Lauren or Betsy at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org. The tournament is limited to 12 teams. Players are encouraged to register in advance, but registration will be accepted through the morning of the event.

Registration is $60 per player and includes cart and green fees, two mulligans, and lunch. Cash prizes include $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Cash prizes are contingent on having at least six teams.



Visit Our New Blog, "Hope and Happenings"
Berea, Ky., 23 July 2014
he Hospice Care Plus staff is now sharing their inspiration, expertise, experience, and insights on a new blog: Hope & Happenings at hcpblogs.com.

The blog was launched in April and is part of an effort to give the community access to information about grief, end-of-life care, caregiving, and more. The blog will also include inspirational stories from staff.

“So far, the most popular blog entry has been ‘The 20,000 Guest Hospice Wedding,’” says Brenna Wallhausser, director of public relations. “I think stories like that one—the ones that show so clearly that hospice care is about life and living—are the ones that will always connect with readers. We’re looking forward to adding more like it.”

To follow Hope & Happenings and get all the latest posts, visit hcpblogs.com and click the “follow” button. New posts will be sent to your email address. Most blog entries are also shared on Hospice’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.



New Hospice Volunteer Training Scheduled
Berea, Ky., 2 June 2014
e will host a training for new hospice volunteers on Saturday, June 21, from 9am to 4pm at our Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.

Our volunteers do a variety of tasks to help support patients, families, and our non-profit organization. From sitting with a patient so a caregiver can have a break to making a loaf of bread for a special event—they do it all!

The training prepares new volunteers for all aspects of hospice care: end-of-life care and issues, grief and loss, the role of spiritual care, communication, and more.

New volunteers may also choose to participate in specialized volunteer programs, including Teen Volunteers and the Vigil Volunteer Program. Teens must be at least 14 years of age. Vigil Volunteers are specially trained to be with hospice patients who are actively dying in nursing homes, but who have no family to be with them at the end.

If interested or for questions, please contact Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator, at 859-626-9292 or hospice@hospicecp.org. It is important to RSVP so enough refreshments and training materials can be provided.

To learn more about our volunteers and their wonderful work, visit our Facebook page.



Light a Candle for Your Loved One: May Memorial Service on May 20
Berea, Ky., 13 May 2014
Candles personalized with memorial names are prepared for the Hospice Care Plus May Memorial Service. This year’s service is May 20 at Eastside Community Church.
n Tuesday, May 20, Hospice Care Plus will join with families of hospice patients to remember and honor loved ones.

The annual Hospice Care Plus May Memorial Service is at 6:00 p.m. on May 20 at Eastside Community Church in Richmond. A reception will follow, with refreshments provided by hospice volunteers.

During the service, Hospice Care Plus and families of hospice patients pause to remember the loved ones who passed away under the organization’s care in the past year. The service is open to the community, who may submit names to be memorialized, even if their loved one was not cared for by hospice. The names can be provided to Hospice Care Plus now through the evening of the service. Names of hospice patients served in the past year are automatically included.

Memorial gifts are welcome and help Hospice Care Plus provide patient, family, and community programs regardless of ability to pay. However, donations are not required to participate in the May Memorial Service.

To learn more about the event, make a memorial donation, or to submit a name, contact Shelley Ward at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.

 


Your Place to be on Derby Eve
Berea, Ky., 15 April 2014
t’s hard to believe, but Friday, May 2, will be the 11th time our community has gathered for our very own Derby Eve party.

Reservations are now open for the Gala on Derby Eve and can be made by calling 859-986-1500 or emailing hospice@hospicecp.org. Tickets are $100 and reservations should be made by April 25. The event is Friday, May 2, at EKU’s Keen Johnson Ballroom. Guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30. Live music and dancing will continue until 11:30.

This year’s Gala features complementary valet parking, hors d'oeuvres, cocktail spritzers, dinner, open bar, live music by Klassyc Tymes, dancing, and a commemorative Derby glass for each guest. Suggested attire is black-tie optional. All proceeds go to Hospice Care Plus.

The Gala on Derby Eve got its start in 2003, when a dedicated group of Richmond women launched The Spring Thing to raise funds for Hospice Care Plus’s Compassionate Care Center, then just a dream on paper. When the Spring Thing ended, a new committee formed to continue the tradition, which then became the Run for the Roses Derby Eve Benefit. In 2013, the name was changed once more to the Gala on Derby Eve.

But, thankfully, a party by any other name is still . . . a party.

This year’s Gala is at a new location: the Keen Johnson Ballroom at EKU. Organizers say changing locations periodically is a good way to keep the event fresh.

“Every venue brings with it its own character and feel,” says Shelley Ward, the chair of the Gala on Derby Eve Committee and director of development at Hospice Care Plus. “It’s always exciting to see what we can do to transform the space into a great Derby party.”

Regardless of setting, Ward says the “fun factor” never changes.

“You will never see as many smiles or hear as much laughter as you do at the Gala,” says Ward. “The guests truly seem to enjoy themselves. The live music and dancing are always a big hit. It’s just a chance to have a great time, for a great cause.”

Another change this year is a new perk: each guest will receive a complementary, commemorative Derby glass.

“We love the idea of sending each guest home with a piece of Derby history,” says Ward.

To learn more about the Gala on Derby Eve or to make your reservations, contact Shelley Ward at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



New Support Group Series for Families Who’ve Lost Children to Suicide, Substance Use
Berea, Ky., 25 February 2014
ospice Care Plus is hosting a new support group series for parents and other family members who have lost a child to suicide or substance use.

The support group will meet on four Wednesdays in March and April: March 12, 19 and 26, and April 2. All sessions are from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Hospice’s Compassionate Care Center on Isaacs Lane in Richmond.

Nora Brashear, bereavement coordinator at Hospice Care Plus, says the new group meets an important need.

“Death by any cause is painful to grieve and difficult to reconcile yourself to,” she says. “But deaths we feel we should have ‘seen coming’ or somehow been able to prevent seem doubly complicated. It can seem so much harder to find healing in grief and to reconcile in a way that lets us continue our lives with some semblance of what we used to consider ‘normal.’”

The sessions emphasize finding support with others who understand or share a similar experience. Nora says talking is not required, and that guests do not have to attend every session in order to participate. There is no cost to attend. Registration is not required.

Nora and her colleagues announced the group after learning that several people in the Hospice Care Plus service area had experienced the loss of a child to suicide or substance use in the past year or so. In fact, suicide deaths in Kentucky are at their highest levels ever, according to a report from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center.

“Only others walking this path can adequately understand and address the guilt, anger, shame, embarrassment, and numerous fears that overwhelm a grieving parent, spouse, sibling, or other loved one. I hope this support group series gives them a chance to share their feelings and experiences in a safe setting, with people who truly understand,” Nora says.

To learn more about the series, contact Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.

Hospice Care Plus is a non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. Services include hospice care, palliative care, bereavement support, and inpatient hospice care at the Hospice Care Plus Compassionate Care Center. Explore our website to learn more, or visit us on Facebook.



Beattyville Grief Support Group Begins March 7
Berea, Ky., 25 February 2014
five-session Grief Support Group Series begins in Beattyville on Friday, March 7, and will continue for five sessions.

The group is offered by Hospice Care Plus and will meet for five Fridays in March and April: March 7, 14, and 28, and April 4 and 11. Each session is from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at All Saints Catholic Church on River Drive in Beattyville.

The series will be co-facilitated by Mary Johnson, a social worker with Hospice Care Plus’s bereavement program, and Sister Alice Retzner of All Saints Catholic Church. The series is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Registration is not required.

Mary says the series provides support and education by “sharing stories and learning from others how to cope with the loss of a loved one.”

She also says the series offers a safe place to ask hard questions, such as “why me?” Participants are able to “find their own answers to these kinds of questions among the caring support of others who are on a similar journey.” Talking, however, is optional.

“Privacy is always respected,” says Mary. “You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to, and you don’t have to come to every session.”

To learn more about the Grief Support Group Series, contact Mary at 606-593-9780 or hospice@hospicecp.org.

Hospice Care Plus is a non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. Services include hospice care, palliative care, bereavement support, and inpatient hospice care at the Hospice Care Plus Compassionate Care Center. Explore our website to learn more, or visit us on Facebook.



Remembrance Tree Scheduled for Dec. 14
Berea, Ky., 1 November 2013
Three trees hold memorial ornaments as a bell choir performs for guests at last year’s Remembrance Tree ceremony. This year’s event is Sat., Dec. 14 at Eastside Community Church.
he annual Remembrance Tree Ceremony is set for Saturday, December 14, 1:00 p.m., at Eastside Community Church in Richmond.

The event is a long-standing tradition for Hospice Care Plus and the community.

“The Remembrance Tree is primarily a memorial service, and one that comes at a time of year when many of us feel the need to make a space for those we’ve lost,” says Gail McGillis, CEO of Hospice. “It has really taken hold in our community, with hundreds coming each year to remember.”

The Remembrance Tree ceremony gives the community a chance to remember loved ones during the holiday season by placing a personalized memorial ornament on a tree.

After an opening prayer and holiday music, the memorial list of names will be read. Guests will place their personalized ornament on a Remembrance Tree as their loved one’s name is read. If no one is present to place the ornament on the tree, a hospice staff member will do so.

A mother and child remember a loved one. The Remembrance Tree ceremony gives guests the chance to remember loved ones who are no longer with us to celebrate the holiday season.

The Remembrance Tree will remain on display throughout the holiday season at Hospice’s Compassionate Care Center on Isaacs Lane in Richmond. Guests who wish to take their personalized ornament home with them may do so immediately following the ceremony or anytime between December 16 and January 3 by visiting the Center. After Jan. 3, ornaments will be available at the Hospice office in Berea.

To request an ornament, contact Hospice Care Plus at hospice@hospicecp.org or 859-986-1500. Donations for ornaments can also be made online at Hospice’s website. There is no charge for the ornaments or for the ceremony, but the organization does suggest a donation—of any size—when requesting the personalized ornament. Proceeds from the event fund all of the programs offered by Hospice Care Plus.

Hospice Care Plus is a non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. Services include hospice care, palliative care, bereavement outreach, and hospice inpatient care at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. All services are provided regardless of ability to pay.



Workshops Will Help With Grief at the Holidays
Berea, Ky., 31 October 2013
Hospice Care Plus displays booklets ordered for their grief at the holidays workshops. The workshops will be on Nov. 14 and 21 in Richmond and Nov. 22 in Beattyville. There is no charge, and registration is not required.
or many people, the holiday season does not always feel like “the most wonderful time of the year.”

A special workshop, created and hosted by Hospice Care Plus, will help participants learn how to cope with the holiday season when they are grieving the loss of a loved one.

The workshops will be held on Nov. 14 and 21 in Richmond and Nov. 22 in Beattyville. The Nov. 14 workshop is from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Hospice’s Compassionate Care Center on Isaacs Lane in Richmond. The Nov. 21 workshop is 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Trinity PCA Church, just behind Pizza Hut on the Eastern Bypass. Beattyville’s Nov. 22 workshop will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. at Queen of All Saints Church, Railroad Street.

There is no charge to attend and registration is not required.

Nora Brashear, LCSW, Hospice’s bereavement coordinator, says it’s normal to feel at odds with the festive spirit of the season when we are grieving.

“The workshop will focus on education about the grieving process, on validating the normalcy of the variety of grief reactions we have, and on the special stresses of the holidays when one is grieving,” says Nora.

The workshop will also include information on common experiences and feelings of grief, the importance of mourning and memorial activities, and will share examples of memorial activities families can incorporate during the holidays.

For questions, contact Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492 or hospice@hospicecp.org.

Hospice Care Plus is a non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. Services include home hospice care, palliative care, bereavement support, and hospice inpatient care at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. All services are provided regardless of ability to pay.



Online Antiques & Treasures Auction Now LIVE!
Berea, Ky., 17 October 2013
or the first time ever, Hospice Care Plus has partnered with Ford Brothers Inc. to offer an Online Antiques and Treasures Auction. The event is a new fundraiser for the organization.

Vintage items, antiques, collectibles, and other treasures are included.

To view auction items and to place a bid, visit the Ford Brothers Inc. auction site. Photos, descriptions, suggested minimum bids, and bidding instructions will all be available on the website.

The auction continues through November 5 at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Two public viewings of auction items have been scheduled for October 25 and November 4, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Citizens Guaranty Bank in Berea.

The Online Antiques and Treasures Auction is sponsored by Citizens Guaranty Bank; Ford Brothers, Inc.; David Snyder, Personal Touch Cleaners; and Modern Woodmen of American, Rebecca Parks.

For more information, contact Angela Bailey at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Announcing the First-Ever Online Antiques and Treasures Auction!
Berea, Ky., 04 October 2013
or the first time ever, Hospice Care Plus has partnered with Ford Brothers Inc. to offer an Online Antiques and Treasures Auction. The event is a new fundraiser for Hospice Care Plus.

Angela Bailey-Davis, special events coordinator with Hospice, says the organization has high hopes for the auction.

“We think this has great potential as a fundraiser. Antiques, vintage items, and collectibles are all very popular. Our hope is that we can leverage that popularity to benefit our patients and families.”

The first step is to acquire a strong collection of auction items. The community has been asked to help by donating antiques and collectibles that are considered to have a value of at least $100. Donated items that need to be picked-up must be scheduled by October 7 at noon. Those who wish to drop their items off can do so until through October 10 at 4pm. To donate and/or schedule a pick-up, complete the Auction Donation Form and submit to Angie at 859-986-2546 (fax), hospice@hospicecp.org, or in person at 208 Kidd Drive, Berea.

The auction opens October 18 and continues through November 5 at 3:00 p.m. Once open, auction items can be seen at fordbrothersinc.com. Photos, descriptions, suggested minimum bids, and bidding instructions will all be available on the website.

Those interested can also view auction items in person. Two public viewings have been scheduled for October 25 and November 4, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Citizens Guaranty Bank in Berea.

The Online Antiques and Treasures Auction is sponsored by Citizens Guaranty Bank; Ford Brothers, Inc.—David Snyder, and Modern Woodmen of America—Rebecca Parks.

To ask questions or learn more about donating an item, contact Angie at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org.

Download an Auction Item Donation Form



Simply Silver Sale & Fundraiser on Oct. 21
Berea, Ky., 04 October 2013
imply Silvery by Alycea will host a special sterling silver jewelry fundraiser at Hospice Care Plus just in time for holiday shopping.

The sale will be held on Monday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hospice’s central office on 208 Kidd Drive in Berea. The fundraiser will feature Simply Silver’s beautiful collection of jewelry, including new vintage-style pieces and “Rachel’s Glam” jewelry and handbags.

Simply Silver hosts a fundraiser sale twice each year at the Berea Hospice office. The sale is open to the community. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Hospice Care Plus. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

To learn more about Simply Silver, visit simplysilverjewelry.net. For directions to the Hospice office or for questions about the sale, contact us at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Volunteers to Honor Local Leaders with
‘Outstanding in Your Field’ Event
Berea, Ky., 04 October 2013
group of volunteers in Berea are planning an event that will do double-duty: honor outstanding citizens and leaders, and raise funds for patients and families served by Hospice Care Plus.

The “Outstanding in Your Field” banquet takes place Saturday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Church on the Rock. Tickets are $50 and are available at Community Trust Bank on Walnut Meadow Road in Berea.

Donna Angel, Community Trust Bank, is spearheading the event. She says the evening will feature fun, food, entertainment, and special awards recognizing “outstanding community service leaders.”

The award recipients have been announced and include the following. Community members who wish to see these individuals recognized are encouraged to purchase tickets.

Mr. Charles Arnold Ms. Kristi Miller
Ms. Donna Lovell Ms. Betty Olinger
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Brad Park
Mr. and Mrs. Andrea Patterson Mr. Lonnie Reppert
Ms. Nola Newman Mr. Bill Robinson
Rev. Bill Fort Rev. Mark Sarver
Ms. Lesha Hays Ms. Teresa Scenters
Mr. Glenn Jennings Dr. Mary Ellen Shields
Ms. Belle Jackson Ms. Vickie Short
Dr. Patrick Kelleher Rev. Kevin Slemp
Mr. Jerry Little Mr. and Mrs. James Upton
Dr. Mark Secor  

To learn more or to purchase tickets, contact Donna Angel at Community Trust Bank in Berea. To purchase tickets by mail, make checks payable to Hospice Care Plus and mail to Ms. Donna Angel, Community Trust Bank, PO Box 27, Berea, 40403.

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Hospice Care Plus to Host New Volunteer Training
Berea, Ky., 24 September 2013
Pam Reid, a Hospice Care Plus volunteer, and Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator, organize boxes of snacks donated by Kirksville Baptist Church’s youth group. Hatfield and other staff will train new volunteers on Oct. 12.
ospice Care Plus will host a training for new volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator, along with other staff, will be on-hand to take participants through all aspects of the care provided by the organization, including hospice, palliative, and bereavement care.

Volunteers are needed in both patient care and administrative support. Patient care volunteers usually sit with patients to give caregivers a break, provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, read or do other activities with a patient, or offer support by phone. Administrative volunteers help in many ways, by making baked goods, helping with landscaping needs or flower gardens, answering phones in the Berea office or at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, or helping with a special event.

“Whatever you choose to do—however you choose to be part of hospice—you will be helping improve quality of life,” says Julie.

Volunteers can choose schedules and roles that work for their lives. Some volunteer weekly, while others can only give a few hours a month.

“We understand how busy people are, so we try to make it easy to fit volunteering into your life. All we ask is that you commit to volunteering at least three-to-four times each year,” says Julie.

To register for the training, contact Julie at 859-626-9292 or hospice@hospicecp.org. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Hospice Care Plus is a non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. All services are offered regardless of ability to pay. Learn more on our website, or visit us on Facebook.



Evening of Music Benefit, Sept. 28
Berea, Ky., 23 September 2013
olunteers in Beattyville are planning another outstanding Evening of Music, Saturday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. at Beattyville Christian Church.

Last year’s inaugural Evening of Music featured a knock-out lineup of regional talent, and this year’s promises to do the same. Everything from bluegrass and gospel to country, classical and jazz will be featured.

Organizers suggest a donation of $5.00 to attend. All proceeds are being donated to Hospice Care Plus.

For questions or more information, contact Angie Bailey at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



4th Annual Poker Ride Coming September 7
Berea, Ky., 23 August 2013
or the fourth consecutive year, L&P Liquors in Richmond is hosting a Poker Ride to benefit Hospice Care Plus.

The event will take place Saturday, September 7. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at L&P. The Poker Ride begins at noon. The cost is $10 per bike or $15 with passenger.

A barbeque meal is available after the ride for only $10. The day’s festivities will also include an auction and live music by Jack Smith and Donna Witt. All proceeds go to Hospice Care Plus.

To learn more about the Poker Ride, contact Jackie at 623-0007.

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Car Show Sept. 8 to Benefit Hospice Care Plus
Berea, Ky., 23 August 2013
hanks to the generosity of Citizens Guaranty Bank in Berea, a car show on Sunday, September 8, will benefit patients and families served by Hospice Care Plus.

Car show registration is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with trophies to follow. Citizens Guaranty Bank is hosting the show at its 214 Richmond Road location (behind Walgreens). Cost of registration is $10 prior to September 8 or $15 day-of-show. The first 50 entrants receive a dash plaque. All proceeds benefit Hospice Care Plus.

The top 25 will receive trophies, with awards going to specialty cars (Ford, Chevy, Mopar, Import) and Best of Show. Charlie Napier (“DJ to the Cars”) will DJ.

For more information about the event, contact Chad Aldridge or Jaclyn St. Clair at 606-723-2139 or Jaclyn@mycgb.com.

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Register Now for the 2013 End-of-Life Symposium
Berea, Ky., 21 August 2013
ealthcare providers from across the state will descend on Richmond in September for an all-day symposium on end-of-life care.

The 8th Annual End-of-Life Symposium, “Update on Pain and Symptom Management,” will take place Fri., Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., at Eastside Community Church in Richmond. Registration is open now through Sept. 20. For a brochure or to register, access the registration brochure online or contact Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org.

The annual event is sponsored by the Kentucky Hospice Network, a group of 10 hospices throughout Kentucky. It is organized by Hospice Care Plus.

This year’s symposium will feature Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D, BCPS, CPE, a nationally recognized leader in end-of-life pain management and pain education. A professor and vice chair in the University of Maryland Department of Pharmacy, Dr. McPherson serves as a consultant pharmacist at state and national levels. She developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the U.S. She is also a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Practice, among many other honors.

Dr. McPherson will work with participants to sharpen their skills in the assessment and management of pain and other symptoms at the end of life. For a complete list of learning objectives and a symposium summary, see the online registration brochure.

The symposium is primarily intended for health care professionals, especially physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and social workers. Continuing education credits are offered for pharmacists (pending KBP approval), nurses, and physicians and others who fall under AMA PRA Category 1.



Hospice Care Plus Begins Shadowbox Workshops
Berea, Ky., 17 August 2013
Janice Kirk Gabbard laughs while talking about how much her brother loved Rook. She included the cards in a shadowbox at Hospice Care Plus’s Shadowbox Making Memories Workshop on Tuesday.
emories matter,” says Nora Brashear, Hospice Care Plus’s bereavement coordinator.

That’s why she jumped at the opportunity to host shadowbox workshops for people whose loved ones were served by Hospice.

The workshops are the brainchild of Hospice volunteer Joan Robinson. When Nora learned about it, she went to work finding the right supplies, donors, and people to help. They’ve dubbed the sessions “Shadowbox Making Memories Workshops.”

A pair of tickets to Elvis’s August 1977 concert at Rupp Arena (which never took place because the performer died a week before the concert date) is just one of several keepsakes participants brought along to include in their shadow boxes. Hospice Care Plus’s bereavement program hosted the Shadowbox Making Memories Workshop on Tuesday evening.

The workshops are possible because of an anonymous donor who provides all the shadowboxes, which can be expensive. Hospice’s staff and volunteers donate other supplies, such as scrapbooking paper, felt, glue, paper cutters, stencils, stickers, scissors, and more odds and ends. The staff also send out workshop fliers to caregivers and other family members of patients they’ve cared for, inviting them to attend.

Participants brought a host of memories, in the form of photos, pins, articles, recipe cards, belt buckles and more, to Hospice Care Plus’s Shadowbox Making Memories Workshop on Tuesday. The workshops were created by a volunteer to help family members remember and celebrate loved ones cared for by Hospice.

“We’ve offered three so far,” says Nora. “Joan brings her expertise and does a lot of instruction and troubleshooting, while I visit with participants and listen to the stories they tell about the objects they bring. The workshops have been a wonderful addition to our bereavement program. We are so grateful to Joan for taking it on and being the inspiration behind all of it.”

Part of what makes the workshops different than a grief support group, she says, is the more physical nature of the work.

Judy Hunter Baugh reads an old clipping caption to participants at Hospice Care Plus’s Shadow Box Making Memories Workshop on Tuesday. The clipping was from 1956 and featured a photo of her mother and other ladies wearing dresses as they took part in the county fair’s tractor driving contest.

“It’s the physical, tactile nature of it as a mourning activity that moves you along,” says Nora. “The reason activities like this one are good is that you’re revisiting and preserving memories of your loved one. That’s very beneficial to the grieving process. It’s an act of mourning.”

Hospice Care Plus volunteer Joan Robinson helps Martha Baxter with her shadowbox. The Shadowbox Workshops were Joan’s idea, and she serves as the instructor at each session. Hospice’s bereavement staff attends and offers support. An anonymous donor provides the shadow boxes and staff and volunteers donate supplies.

Nora defines mourning as “all the things we do to help us adjust to the finality of our loss.” In the case of the workshops, it’s the storytelling, remembering, and fellowship that seem to help the most.

Hospice Care Plus will continue to offer the shadowbox workshops to caregivers and family of patients it serves. Down the road, Nora hopes she and Joan can offer a larger-scale workshop open to the entire community.

“Watching these folks sit around a table and swap stories and memories—it’s just magical. The fact that they leave with a beautiful shadowbox is icing on the cake. I’d love to see this on a larger scale and have more people participate. Based on what I’ve seen at our first three workshops, it’s clear that we’re hungry to tell our stories.”

For a complete photo album of the Shadowbox Workshops, visit our Facebook page.



Miracles Through Music Coming June 30
Berea, Ky., 24 June 2013
he family of Jason Newby is once again staging an event to honor Jason's life and to support patients and families served by Hospice Care Plus.

Miracles through Music: Celebrating Jason Newby, will take place Sunday, June 30, 1pm-5pm at June Morning in Richmond. Everyone is welcome. The event features a concert, dinner, and raffle. All proceeds go to Hospice Care Plus.

June Morning is located at 209 Ashland Avenue. For more information, contact Hospice at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org.

“We're so grateful to the Newby family for their support,” says Angie Bailey-Davis, special events coordinator at Hospice. “They do a wonderful job of remembering Jason while also making sure other patients and families get the support they need.”

Special events like this one help Hospice Care Plus provide care regardless of ability to pay. If you are interested in hosting or organizing an event, contact Angie at the numbers or email address listed above.



Gillum's Golf Scramble to Benefit Hospice
Berea, Ky., 24 June 2013
illum's Sports Lounge in Richmond is sponsoring the Gillum's Golf Scramble to Benefit Hospice Care Plus on Friday, June 28. The scramble-format tournament begins at noon at Battlefield Golf Course.

The cost is $50 per player or $200 per team. Lunch is provided. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-place team. Other prizes and surprises will be given throughout the afternoon. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Contact Kelly Gillum for more information: 859-623-2335 or 859-420-3337.

“Gillum's has put a lot of time and effort into this tournament,” says Angie Bailey-Davis, special events coordinator with Hospice. “It will be a fun afternoon, and the proceeds will help fund our programs.”

Special events like this one help Hospice Care Plus provide care regardless of ability to pay. If you are interested in hosting or organizing an event, contact Angie at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Sag Hollow Golf Tournament Coming July 27
Berea, Ky., 24 June 2013
nce again, volunteers are working hard to host the Sag Hollow Golf Tournament to benefit Hospice Care Plus. The event will take place Saturday, July 27 at Sag Hollow in Booneville. The tournament begins at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start.

The cost is $60 per player, which includes cart and green fees. Two mulligans per player are also included. Lunch will be provided after the tournament.

Pre-registration is encouraged, as the tournament will be limited to 12 teams on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, contact Angie Bailey-Davis, special events coordinator at Hospice Care Plus, at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first three teams. The first-place team will win $500, second-place team will win $300, and the third-place team will take home $200. Prizes are contingent on at least 6 participating teams.

“It's been a pleasure to work with the Sag Hollow event volunteers,” says Angie. “They are truly committed to putting on a great event, and to doing whatever they can to support our patients and families.”

Special events like this one help Hospice Care Plus provide care regardless of ability to pay. If you are interested in hosting or organizing an event, contact Angie at the numbers or email address listed above.



Grief Support Group Meets Wednesdays in Richmond
Berea, Ky., 30 May 2013
six-week grief support group began Wednesday, May 29, and will continue meeting through Wednesday, June 26.

The group is offered by Hospice Care Plus and meets Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, PCA, behind Pizza Hut on the Bypass. Each session is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Registration is not required.

Nora Brasher, bereavement coordinator at Hospice Care Plus, says the series provides support and education by “sharing stories and learning from others how to cope with the loss of a loved one.”

Nora also says the series offers a safe place to ask hard questions, such as “why me?” Participants, she says, are able to find their own answers to these kinds of questions “among the caring support of others who are on a similar journey.” Talking, however, is optional.

“Privacy is always respected,” says Nora. “You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to, and you don’t have to come to every session.”

To learn more about the Grief Support Group Series, contact Nora Brashear or Jackie McGee at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.

Hospice Care Plus offers six-week grief support groups twice yearly: once in fall and once in spring. A special grief workshop is also available during the holiday season. Support groups are one way the organization’s bereavement outreach team helps community members who have experienced a loss. The team also provides one-on-one grief support for children and adults by appointment, and holds group support sessions in schools for children who are grieving. In addition, the team responds to crisis situations in the community.



Chick-fil-A Memorial Day 5K to Benefit Hospice Care Plus
Berea, Ky., 16 May 2013
hick-fil-A--Richmond Centre has once again named Hospice Care Plus as the recipient of their Spicy Memorial Day 5K.

The event will take place on Memorial Day, Saturday, May 27, at Richmond Centre in Richmond, Ky. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Registration fee is $25 on race day or $20 if paid in advance. All proceeds go to Hospice Care Plus.

Chick-fil-A will provide prizes for all winners in each age group, door prizes, and free Chick-fil-A for a year for the overall male and female winners.

To learn more or to register: www.richmondkytourism.com



Light a Candle for Your Loved One: Memorial Service on May 21
Berea, Ky., 16 May 2013
n Tuesday, May 21, Hospice Care Plus will join with families of hospice patients to remember and honor loved ones. The annual Hospice Care Plus Memorial Service is at 6:00 p.m. on May 21 at Eastside Community Church in Richmond. A reception will follow, with refreshments provided by hospice volunteers.

During the Memorial Service, Hospice Care Plus and our patient families pause to remember the loved ones who passed away under our care in the past year. If requested, the names of others to be memorialized may be added. Guests can provide names to Hospice Care Plus in advance or just prior to the beginning of the service. Names of hospice patients served in the past year are automatically included.

Memorial gifts are welcome and help Hospice Care Plus provide numerous patient, family, and community programs regardless of ability to pay. Donations are not required to participate in the Memorial Service. However, we do ask that those who wish to reserve a memorial candle for their loved one make a donation of any size. The memorial candles are lit during the service.

To learn more about the event, make a memorial donation, or to submit a name, contact Angela Bailey-Davis at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Hospice Care Plus Progresses to Third Level in
National Veteran Program
Berea, Ky., 17 May 2013
Hospice Care Plus has earned a Level II designation from the national We Honor Veterans program.

ospice Care Plus has earned a Level II designation in the national We Honor Veterans program and has entered Level III.

We Honor Veterans is a combined effort of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The program offers tiered recognition to participating partners. There are four total tiers, or levels, and each requires participating partners to successfully complete several goals and tasks.

Partnership with We Honor Veterans is voluntary for the nation’s hospices. Hospice Care Plus chose to participate as a partner in 2011 and learned it had been awarded the Level II designation on May 10.

Brenna Wallhausser, community outreach coordinator with Hospice Care Plus, says their partnership with We Honor Veterans means they are committed to “systematically improving quality of care for veterans.”

“When we first learned about the program, we were eager to get involved,” says Brenna. “Twenty-five percent of dying Americans are veterans, and they have very unique physical and other needs. We wanted to make sure we understand those needs and that we have the right tools and education in place to meet them.”

As Hospice works toward completing levels three and four, it will focus on veteran-centric education for its staff and the community, increasing organizational capacity to serve veterans, developing strategic partnerships with other veteran-related organizations, and integrating best practices for providing care to veterans.

To learn more about Hospice Care Plus and its We Honor Veterans and Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer programs, contact Brenna at hospice@hospicecp.org, 800-806-5492, or 859-986-1500.



Make Reservations Today for the New Gala on Derby Eve
Berea, Ky., 29 March 2013
he Run for the Roses Derby Eve Benefit is now the Gala on Derby Eve! The entire event is being reshaped, recharged, and redesigned to step-up the energy and elegance of the 10-year, Derby Eve tradition—and the largest fundraiser of the year for Hospice Care Plus. You won’t want to miss the unveiling of the Gala on May 3 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Richmond (which, by the way, will be completely transformed for the evening!).

It is easier than ever to make your reservations. Simply make your secure reservations on our Constant Contact Gala event page. Or, if you wish, contact us to request a print invitation and response card: 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.

We’ll see you May 3! In the meantime, check here for a complete story about the redesigned event and some of the surprises that await you. Oh, and don’t forget to find your Derby fashion muse by reserving your spot at the Wine & Roses Brunch and Pre-Derby Fashion Show!



Tickets Available for Wine & Roses Brunch & Pre-Derby Fashion Show
Berea, Ky., 29 March 2013
eserve your tickets now for the 3rd annual Wine & Roses Brunch & Pre-Derby Fashion Show at Acres of Land Winery, coming up on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. Featuring local models wearing the latest in men’s, women’s, and children’s fashions, the event will inspire your Derby and spring attire as you enjoy the good food and beautiful scenery at Acres.

Tickets are $30 per person. You can make your reservations online using our secure website, or call our office at 859-986-1500 to reserve by phone.

Once you’ve been inspired by the beautiful fashions, make sure you put them to good use by reserving tickets to the newly restyled Gala on Derby Eve (formerly the Run for the Roses Derby Eve Benefit)!

All proceeds benefit Hospice Care Plus. To learn more, contact Angie Bailey-Davis at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Derby Eve Benefit to Get Major Makeover
Berea, Ky., 29 March 2013
ometimes, even super successful, established events need a shot in the arm.

That’s what Hospice Care Plus’s Derby Event Committee felt as it began planning for the 2013 Run for the Roses Derby Eve Benefit.

“We always begin planning for the next one as soon as the current one has ended,” says Angie Bailey-Davis, special events coordinator at Hospice Care Plus. “And when we sat down last spring to start the process, we immediately began to talk about how to add something fresh and new.”

Guests preview the program for the evening at a recent Derby Eve benefit.

Those talks led to a complete makeover of the 10-year-old charity event, beginning with a brand new name: the Gala on Derby Eve.

With the new name came the need for a new logo. The committee worked with a regional graphic artist to capture the elegance and charm associated with Derby tradition, while introducing modern touches that incorporate the drama and sophistication they wanted to add to the restyled event.

“The red and black colors evoke that sense of drama,” says Angie. “And the clean lines you see in the logo are a stylized version of the twin spires, a more modern take on that image. The rose is our symbol of tradition, the importance of keeping the long and storied history of the Derby as part of our event. And finally, the beautiful, curved lines the rose rests on call to mind the track at Churchill Downs.”

The new name and logo are only the beginning. Angie and the rest of the Derby Event Committee changed the location as well. It was a difficult decision—Acres of Land Winery provided a stunning setting for the event for years—but “keeping it fresh really required a change,” Angie says.

The iconic mint julep is served to guests as they arrive. Though many changes will be included in the 2013 Gala on Derby Eve, being greeted with a mint julep remains a staple.

“Many people will remember that, when this event began 10 years ago, it was hosted at a different home each year. We’ve been hearing that our guests really miss the excitement of celebrating in a new spot from time to time. As much as they—and we—loved Acres of Land’s beautiful facility and landscape, the event really requires that we vary location occasionally.” The committee chose the new Armed Forces Reserve Center in Richmond as the 2013 location.

The new facility provides a large, open space to allow for an ample dance floor, band space, roomy dinner tables, and elaborate décor. In fact, the décor is another major change this year, and will feature several surprise touches. The committee has worked with designers and others to completely transform the space into an elegant, magical setting perfect for a memorable evening.

As in past years, the Gala on Derby Eve will be the perfect opportunity to dress up and enjoy a glamorous evening out with good friends.

“We don’t want to give away all the surprises,” says Angie. “But I can tell you that the red carpet is an exciting new feature. We’ll have a true, red-carpet entrance that includes a backdrop with the dramatic Gala logo on it. Photographers will be in place to take photos of every arrival, and we’ll be sharing those online for people to use as they wish.”

The change she’s most looking forward to? “Probably the ice sculpture,” says Angie. “I won’t giveaway what the subject will be, but I promise it will be dazzling!”

Also planned are special lighting effects, heavy use of decorative fabric, and a new layout.

Guests are asked to wear black-tip-optional attire, a slight change-up from the previous dress code.

An abundance of red roses has been a visual treat for each of the event’s 10 years. New additions for 2013 include a red carpet entrance and a dazzling ice sculpture.

Some of the tried-and-true elements of the event will remain, including complimentary valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails (particularly the iconic Mint Julep), open bar, full buffet dinner, live music, and dancing.

“I don’t think anyone will want to miss this,” says Angie. “Even if you’ve attended every year, you’re going to want to see this amazing transformation. And if you’ve never attended, you are going to want to see what everyone will be talking about the next day.”

Reservations for the Gala on Derby Eve can be made online or by calling Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500. All proceeds support Hospice Care Plus.



New Volunteer Training Set for Jan. 26
Berea, Ky., 11 January 2013
Lynell Webb of Madison County helps prepare refreshments at a special event, one of many volunteer opportunities at Hospice Care Plus. A training for new volunteers takes place Jan. 26. Pre-registration is encouraged.

s 2013 gets underway, Hospice Care Plus is starting things off right with a training for new volunteers.“I can’t think of a better way to start off the new year than with a pledge to volunteer in your community,” says Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator.

Julie will offer a training on Saturday, January 26 from 9 .m. – 4 p.m. at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. To pre-register, contact Julie at 859-626-9292 or hospice@hospicecp.org.

The lengthy training ensures that volunteers are ready for their roles, Julie says. Since new volunteers are often unsure of the exact role they want to fill, the training is general and serves as a basic introduction to the concept of hospice and palliative care. Comfort measures for the seriously ill, understanding the grief process, effective communication, and spiritual concerns are just a few of the topics covered.

“Volunteers become part of our staff,” says Julie, “so it’s very important that they come away from the training with a full understanding of what we do and how they might fit into the picture.”

Volunteers who choose patient care may go into patient homes to offer support, visit hospice patients in nursing homes, or sit with patients at the Compassionate Care Center. There are also groups of volunteers who help answer phones, meet monthly to work on special projects, or help facilitate grief support groups.

Whatever their ultimate role, Julie says the organization’s volunteers are among the best, in part because of the commitment they bring and the education required.

“Not only are our volunteers required to have a general training, but they complete background checks, provide references, and are obligated to complete ongoing education every year,” Julie says. “The standards are high, and they live up to them.”

Plus, she says, the rewards are worth it.

“This is incredibly meaningful work. And it is meaningful not only to the volunteer, but to patients and families as well: a true win-win.”

Hospice Care Plus is an independent, non-profit organization serving Madison and five surrounding counties. Services include hospice care, palliative care and bereavement outreach. All services are offered regardless of ability to pay.



Remembrance Tree Helps Honor Loved Ones at Holidays
Berea, Ky., 6 December 2012
Hospice social worker Beverly West helps guests locate their angel ornaments in preparation for the ceremony. Over 350 ornaments were requested in advance of the event.

ver 200 guests congregated at the 20th annual Remembrance Tree Ceremony on December 1 to memorialize loved ones.

Each year, Hospice Care Plus hosts the event to give the community a chance to pause and remember those who are no longer here to celebrate the holidays with us.

Guests placed over 350 ornaments on three Remembrance Trees. Music was provided by Jennifer Rose of Berea and the Berea Methodist Church handbell choir, directed by Chad Hembree.

Hospice Care Plus chaplains took turns reading names submitted by guests. As names were read, guests or a hospice staff person placed personalized ornaments on the trees. At the end of the ceremony, everyone joined in singing “Silent Night.” Hospice staff and volunteers provided a variety of treats for a post-event reception.

Beth and Lilly Smith of Richmond place their loved one’s ornament on a Remembrance Tree.

The Remembrance Tree is just one of several special programs offered by Hospice Care Plus to support people who are grieving at the holidays. In November, four holiday grief workshops were held in three towns. In October and November, a six-week support group was conducted in Madison County. Bereavement staff also reach out to the recently bereaved with special mailings and phone calls to offer support and reassurance.

The Berea Methodist Church handbell choir performs mid-way through the ceremony.

Between now and the end of the year, guests are welcome to retrieve their Remembrance Tree ornaments by visiting the Compassionate Care Center on Isaacs Lane in Richmond. There is still time to order ornaments as well. To do so, contact Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500.

To learn more about bereavement outreach, contact Nora Brashear at hospice@hospicecp.org, 859-986-1500, or 800-806-5492.



Paint Lick Elementary Students Surprise Hospice Staff
Berea, Ky., 6 December 2012
The Peppermint Pals from Paint Lick Elementary present baked goods to the Hospice Care Plus staff. From left, front row: Peighton Sowder, 5th grade; Haley Sparks, 5th grade; Alaine Sparks, 3rd grade; Maddie Jordan, 5th grade; and Kenzie Sowder, 1st grade. In the back row are the three hospices nurses who were on-hand to accept the treats. From left: Debbie Gilbert, Brenda Henson, and Junie Barclay.

n December 1, a group of young ladies known as the Peppermint Pals surprised Hospice Care Plus staff with a delivery of homemade baked goods.

The Peppermint Pals are students at Paint Lick Elementary. The two families whose children belong to the group were served by Hospice Care Plus. Their mothers, April Sparks and Robyn Sowder, said they wanted to give back to the organization.

“Christmas is about giving,” April told hospice staff when she helped the students with their delivery. “We wanted the staff to know how much we appreciate what they do.”

April and Robyn say the girls chose the name Peppermint Pals recently, and that they plan to take on other service projects together.



Peggy Patrick Retires After 15 Years
Berea, Ky., 6 December 2012
Peggy Patrick test drives her new rocker, gifted to her by Hospice Care Plus in honor of her retirement after 15 years of service

ospice Care Plus chaplain Peggy Patrick recently announced her retirement. She has served the organization for 15 years.

Peggy joined hospice in January of 1998 and will officially retire at the end of the year, just shy of her 15-year anniversary. She has agreed to remain as a flex chaplain following retirement. As a flex staff member, she will be called upon to cover for other chaplains when they are ill or taking vacation days.

For most of her career with Hospice Car Plus, Peggy worked with home hospice patients primarily in the Jackson and Rockcastle County areas, as well as some in Berea. When the Compassionate Care Center opened in 2008, she was asked to serve as its full-time chaplain. The Center is the only hospice inpatient facility in the state with a dedicated, full-time chaplain to offer spiritual support to patients and their family members.

At a reception in October, CEO Gail McGillis thanked Peggy for her years of service and presented her with a rocking chair from the organization. Peggy said that it has been her “great honor to be able to be with patients and families, and to work with the staff of Hospice Care Plus during these 15 years. This is a very sacred time of life for our patients and families and I count it a privilege that they have allowed me to share some of that time with them.”

“She will be missed,” Gail told those gathered. “Her compassion knows no bounds.”



EnerSys Brings Holiday Cheer to CCC
Berea, Ky., 6 December 2012
EnerSys staff and volunteers pose with the table-full of gifts they purchased and presented to the Compassionate Care Center in late November. From left: Richard Johnson, Diane Smith, Kassia Parks, Pam Lane, Yolanda Peach and Lois Bunch.

nerSys staff once again brought holiday cheer to the Compassionate Care Center by donating needed items and decorating the Center for Christmas.

In late November, a crew of six EnerSys staff arrived at the Center to decorate the facility’s Christmas tree. Later, they made fresh wreaths with bows for windows and doors.

In addition, EnerSys staff provided bags of needed items and gifts to use at the Center. Pillows, blankets, CD players, and several gifts for children who visit the Center were all included.

“They have done this every year since the Center opened,” says Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator at Hospice Care Plus. “They probably spend more than $2,000 on decorations, gifts, and items, and then give a great deal of their own time pulling it all together. They’ve really become true friends of hospice and the Center, and we so appreciate all they do.”

To volunteer with Hospice Care Plus, contact Julie at hospice@hospicecp.org, 859-986-1500, or 800-806-5492.



New Location Announced for ‘Remembrance Tree’
Berea, Ky., 13 November 2012
he annual Remembrance Tree Ceremony is set for Saturday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m. at Eastside Community Church in Richmond. This is the 20th anniversary of the holiday memorial ceremony, which was created by Hospice Care Plus and has become a seasonal tradition for the community.

The location, time, and day of the week for the event are all new this year.

“Moving the ceremony to Eastside required that we change the day from Sunday to Saturday to avoid conflicting with church services,” says Gail McGillis, CEO of Hospice Care Plus. “It is a change for us, but we’re so grateful to Eastside for allowing us to use their beautiful worship center for the Remembrance Tree.”

Formerly, the event was hosted at Richmond Mall.

The Remembrance Tree ceremony gives the community a chance to remember loved ones during the holiday season by placing a personalized memorial ornament on a decorated tree.

After an opening prayer and holiday music, the memorial list of names will be read. Guests will place their personalized ornament on a Remembrance Tree as their loved one’s name is read. If no one is present to place the ornament on the tree, a hospice staff member will do so.

“The Remembrance Tree is primarily a memorial service, and one that comes at a time of year when many of us feel the need to make a space for those we’ve lost,” says Mrs. McGillis. “It has really taken hold in our community. Last year, we had more than 400 guests.”

The Remembrance Tree will remain on display throughout the holiday season at Hospice’s Compassionate Care Center on Isaacs Lane in Richmond. Guests who wish to take their personalized ornament home with them may do so immediately following the ceremony or anytime between December 3 and December 31 by visiting the Center. After Dec. 31, ornaments will be available at the Hospice office in Berea.

To request an ornament, contact Hospice Care Plus at hospice@hospicecp.org or 859-986-1500. There is no charge for the ornaments or for the ceremony, but the organization does suggest a donation—of any size—when requesting the personalized ornament. Proceeds from the event fund all of the programs offered by Hospice Care Plus.

Hospice Care Plus is a non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. Services include hospice care, palliative care, bereavement outreach, and hospice inpatient care at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.



Community Celebrates Hospice Month with Special Performances of ‘The Shadow Box’
Berea, Ky., 1 November 2012
local group is staging “The Shadow Box,” an award-winning play, at the Black Box Theater in EKU’s Center for the Arts. This is the first theatrical performance to be featured on the Black Box stage, a smaller venue within EKU’s Center for the Arts.

“The Shadow Box” will be performed on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Both performances are at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $10 for students with IDs. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged. Tickets can be purchased at our secure online reservation site or by calling 859-986-1500. If the performances do not sell out, tickets may be available at the door.

Angela Bailey-Davis, an EKU student, local theater veteran, and employee of Hospice Care Plus, is directing the play. She worked with other local actors and theater veterans to perform the play in honor of National Hospice Month.

“The plot and the themes are pretty closely connected to our work at Hospice,” says Angela. “It seemed like a perfect fit. You will laugh and you will cry. The play is known for its very seamless transitions from seriousness to humor and back again.”

All proceeds from the two performances will benefit Hospice Care Plus programs.

“The Shadow Box” premiered on Broadway in 1977. It is a winner of both a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A television adaptation, directed by Paul Newman, earned a Golden Globe and three Emmy nominations.

The performances at the Black Box Theater will feature a strong cast of Lexington and Madison County theater veterans and a few newcomers. The three leads—Joe, Brian and Felicity—will be played by Gary McCormic, Chuck Morgan and Jean Lloyd. Additional cast members include Patty Boyce, Trey Savillia, Marcus Roland, Debbie Sharp, Tinsley Carter and Michael Davis.

The play takes place over 24 hours in three separate cabins on a hospital's property. Joe, Brian and Felicity are patients living in the respective cabins with their families, just after exhausting treatment options for their conditions. They have agreed to allow a psychiatrist to interview them as they and their families cope with a terminal diagnosis. Differences in how each family unit handles the situation become apparent quickly. A wife refuses to accept her husband's diagnosis, a son is kept in the dark, one patient is brutally frank about his condition, and a mother-daughter duo struggle with family secrets and an inability to talk about what's coming.

“By the end of the play,” Angela says, “I think the audience is left uncertain about the relative right or wrong of anyone’s coping mechanism. Instead, I think one leaves with an understanding that it is this moment that counts most. What you do with this moment in the face of the inevitable is the true measure of a person. And that’s why this play is relevant to everyone, regardless of whether you’ve ever lost a loved one.”

For more information about the play, contact Angela at 859-986-1500.



Hospice Care Plus to Host Volunteer Training in Booneville
Berea, Ky., 22 October 2012
ospice Care Plus will host another volunteer training in Booneville on Saturday, Nov. 3. The training will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Hospice Care Plus office on Highway 28.

Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator, will be on-hand to take participants through all aspects of the care provided by the organization, including hospice, palliative, and bereavement care.

“A lot of people tell us that the training is so useful, even if they hadn't planned to volunteer,” says Julie. “It's just really good information about how to support patients and families who have a serious illness, both during and after the illness.”

Julie says volunteers are needed in both patient care and office support. Other creative ways to help include working in the Booneville office’s cutting garden, making baked goods, or helping with a special event.

“Whatever you choose to do—however you choose to be part of hospice—you will be helping the people we serve,” said Hatfield.

To secure a spot, contact Julie at 800-806-5492 or hospice@hospicecp.org. To reach the Booneville office, call 593-9780.

Hospice Care Plus is an independent, non-profit organization and the Lee, Owsley, and Jackson county provider of palliative care, hospice care and bereavement services. Hospice Care Plus also serves Estill, Madison and Rockcastle counties. All services are offered regardless of ability to pay.



Grief Support Group Series begins Oct. 10
Berea, Ky., 2 October 2012
ospice Care Plus will host a six-session Grief Support Group Series beginning Oct. 10. Each group session is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

The Grief Support Group will take place each Wednesday from October 10 through November 14 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Church in Richmond, located just behind Pizza Hut on the bypass.

Nora Brasher, bereavement coordinator at Hospice Care Plus, says the series provides support and education by “sharing stories and learning from others how to cope with the loss of a loved one.”

Nora also says the series offers a safe place to give voice to painful and difficult questions, such as “why me?” Participants, she says, are able to find their own answers to these kinds of questions “amidst the caring support of others who are on a similar journey.” Talking, however, is optional.

“Privacy is always respected,” says Nora. “You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to.”

To learn more about the Grief Support Group Series, contact Nora Brashear or Jackie McGee at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Local Business Raises $4,050
Berea, Ky., 2 October 2012
Left to right: Jackie Portwood of L&P Liquor and Angela Bailey Davis, special events coordinator with Hospice Care Plus.

ackie Portwood of L&P Liquor in Richmond recently presented Hospice Care Plus with a check for $4,050. The funds were raised at the L&P Poker Run benefit on September 8.

Jackie and Arthur Portwood, owners of L&P, have hosted the poker run for three years. They started the event after Jackie had a personal experience with Hospice Care Plus and wanted to do something to "give back." This year, in spite of intense rain, 50 bikers participated in the event.



Coco Receives Special Blessing
Berea, Ky., 2 October 2012
oco, the Hospice Care Plus therapy pet, received a special blessing on Sept. 29 as part of the Blessing of the Animals in Richmond.

Coco joined dozens of other pets for the annual event in Richmond, sponsored by First Christian Church and the Humane Society, Animal League for Life of Madison County. Before and after her blessing, Coco helped staff an informational booth for Hospice Care Plus, where she met other pets and people with an interest in hospice and palliative care.

During the ceremony, the presiding minister led a special prayer for service pets, like Coco, who are specially trained to assist the sick or disabled. Coco spends most of her time at the Hospice Care Plus Compassionate Care Center, where she pays visits to patients and families who could use comfort and companionship. She is the Center’s second therapy pet; Annie retired last May after three years of service.



Golf Teams Join Forces to Support Hospice
Berea, Ky., 2 October 2012
Left to right: Lauren Wilson, Randa Weaver, Mackenzie Lainhart, Taylor Edwards, Katelynn Simpson, Vickie Grant and Shelley Rhodus. Not pictured: Julianna Gilliam

he Madison Southern High School and Berea Community High School Girls Golf teams joined forces last month to raise funds for Hospice Care Plus.

Bernie Harris, BCHS girls golf coach, helped design a tee-shirt that both teams could sell at a tournament. Harris Sports printed the tees. Vickie Grant, MSHS girls golf coach, said her team took on the fundraising project because team members and the student body have family members who were cared for by the organization. The project netted $600 for Hospice Care Plus.

On Monday, Oct. 1, the MSHS team presented the check to Shelley Rhodus, development coordinator at Hospice Care Plus.



Volunteer Training on Aug. 18—Register Now
August 8, 2012

ospice Care Plus will host a volunteer training on Saturday, August 18, from 9:00 to 4:00 at our Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To register, contact Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator, at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org.

Julie says volunteers are especially needed in the hospice home care program, although roles are also available in administrative support, fundraising, special events, and other office-related areas.

“Whatever you choose to do,” says Julie, “you will make a difference. Ask any of our volunteers, and I promise they will tell you that they get so much more out of the experience than they give.”

Hospice Care Plus is an independent, non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. All services are offered regardless of ability to pay.



Nancy Isaacs, RN, Retires After 19 Years
Berea, Ky., 11 July 2012
Nancy Isaacs opens a gift from Hospice Care Plus at her retirement celebration. Nancy retired in June after 19 years.

ancy Isaacs, RN, finally has a chance to put to use one of the lessons learned from 19 years as a nurse with Hospice Care Plus.

“My patients and families have taught me to make every moment count,” she says.

Now, less than a month into her retirement, she's able to do just that.

“I'm spending much, much more time with my seven grandchildren, my husband and my sister,” she says. Nancy also plans to dedicate time to things she loves, like quilting, cooking and scrapbooking.

Nancy takes a moment to study her new Mitchell Tolle print.
It's a well-deserved break for Nancy, who has cared for patients and families in her community for almost two decades. As a nurse in Hospice Care Plus's home program, Nancy has spent most of her career helping patients live life to the fullest and helping their caregivers handle the rigors of caring for a loved one at home.

Nancy came to Hospice Care Plus in 1993, when the organization was still fairly young. She gave up a position at Berea Hospital to work with hospice in her own hometown. The early days with hospice, though, were sometimes challenging.

“When I came, we had a little office by the laundry mat in Mt. Vernon,” Nancy remembers. “It had two rooms. My workspace was a make-shift desk with stacks of diapers on each side (to support the surface), and I shared it with our social worker. We also had just one policy, and I think it was on what to do in inclement weather.”

After being introduced by Gail McGillis, CEO, and opening her gift, Nancy takes a moment to address the staff.

Nancy laughs as she draws comparisons to then and now. Nineteen years after coming, she marvels that “now we have almost three volumes of policies.” Plus, she says, she has been caring for many more patients. Hospice Care Plus served about 60 patients per day in 1993. Now, it serves 130 each day.

There are many other differences in the organization between 1993 and now. Nancy is humble about her part in bringing those differences about, but Gail McGillis, CEO of Hospice Care Plus, says Nancy has been integral to several key changes that led to improvement.

“Nancy is one of only a very few employees left who was here before I came in 1994,” Gail says. “She sat on our documentation committee and helped create our own documentation system from scratch. It was very successful. We presented the system—called Pathways—at a national conference, and other hospices adopted it.”

Gail says Nancy was also at Hospice Care Plus when the organization chose to pursue voluntary accreditation from the Joint Commission (the national accrediting body for many healthcare organizations). “It was such hard work preparing for that survey visit, but Nancy fully participated,” she says.

Nancy also mentored and oriented new hospice nurses.

“Nancy has been involved with so many efforts over the years that dramatically improved the quality of care at Hospice,” Gail says.

What gives Nancy the most satisfaction, though, is the care she’s given to patients and their families.

“It's the most rewarding nursing care I've ever been involved in, and I’ve done a little of all of it,” Nancy says. “It’s not sad. You get to help alleviate suffering. You help people redefine hope by making them comfortable enough to enjoy each day to the fullest. It’s a vulnerable, intimate time. It’s a privilege to be invited to come in (to their homes) and be part of that journey.”

As a hospice nurse in the home program, Nancy's job has been to make home visits to patients whose treatment options have ended. They may have ended because the treatments were no longer effective for the disease, or because the patient and caregiver felt the side effects were too difficult and made it hard to have good quality of life. Nancy’s job was to visit patients at home and make sure pain and symptoms were under control so they could be comfortable.

She is quick to point out, though, that hospice work is much more than that.

“Get hospice involved as early as possible,” Nancy suggests. “As soon as you know the treatments aren't effective anymore, call us. It's so valuable to get symptoms under control earlier and enjoy your days and months more. It also gives the patient and family more time for repairing and restoring relationships, time for us to help get all the resources in place that you may need—it’s better for the patient and family all the way around.”

In fact, Nancy says, “patients typically live longer under hospice care once symptoms are under control. They feel more like living.”

For all the help Nancy has been able to give patients over the years, she says they've helped her, too.

Gail comforts Nancy as she says an emotional farewell to Hospice Care Plus staff.
“They've taught me so much,” she says. “They’ve taught me that life is precious. There are no guarantees. Make the most of every moment. I've learned it's okay to cry. Some patients feel they are no good anymore once they know they have limited time, but others have shown me that you can teach as long as you can talk. You can be useful for as long as you want to be.”

Another lesson is one she’s sure to follow as she spends more time with her family in retirement.

“When you feel something for somebody, let them know it. Don't waste time.”

When asked about her favorite hospice memory, Nancy recalls one patient’s touching ritual and what it taught her.

“Every time I visited and was getting ready to leave, she refused to say goodbye. Instead, she would say, ‘Go make a memory.’ She was teaching me. She was telling me to make everything count.”

Staff join Nancy for a buffet lunch and cake in her honor.

Nancy isn't saying goodbye, either. She has agreed to stay with Hospice Care Plus as a flex nurse, which means she’ll help out from time to time when another nurse is on sick leave or vacation. In the meantime, she'll turn her full-time work over to her replacement: Sheila Wright, a current hospice nurse who lives in Rockcastle County.

“Sheila is an experienced hospice nurse,” says Nancy. “She knows and lives in the Rockcastle area and knows the people here.”

But will she be able to fill Nancy’s shoes? Nancy has good reason to think so.

Of course she will, Nancy says. “I oriented her, so I know she's good!”



Register Now for the 2012 End-of-Life Symposium
Berea, Ky., July 11, 2012

ealthcare providers from across the state will descend on Richmond in September for an all-day symposium on end-of-life care.

Barbara Ivanko, LCSW, is the featured speaker at the 7th annual End-of-Life Symposium, “Leading the Way in the Face of Change.” Registration is open now through September 20. The event is sponsored by the Kentucky Hospice Network and organized by Hospice Care Plus.

The 7th Annual End-of-Life Symposium, “Leading the Way in the Face of Change,” will take place Thurs., Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Eastside Community Church in Richmond. Registration is open now through Sept. 20. For a brochure or to register, click here or contact Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org.

The annual event is sponsored by the Kentucky Hospice Network, a group of 10 hospices throughout Kentucky. It is organized by Hospice Care Plus.

This year’s symposium will explore several challenges facing hospice and healthcare in general, from cultural and population changes to regulatory issues. Speakers will give guidance on how to successfully address these changes while maintaining their leadership within communities and continuing to provide high-quality care.

Barbara Ivanko, a licensed clinical social worker and chief operating officer at Hospice of Palm Beach County, is the featured speaker. Ivanko is active nationally in the hospice arena and is a respected speaker, writer and consultant. She will present on how the Baby Boomer generation is changing how hospices must work with and respond to modern families.

Other topics include leadership, caring for veterans with PTSD, using social media effectively, documentation practices and more.

The symposium is primarily intended for health care professionals and those who work in fields related to death and dying, especially physicians, nurses, social workers, grief counselors, chaplains, funeral home directors and nursing assistants. Nurses and social workers will receive continuing education credit for the event.

Hospice Care Plus is a non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. Services include home hospice care, palliative care, bereavement support, and hospice inpatient care at the Hospice Care Plus Compassionate Care Center. To learn more, contact us at 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Chick-fil-A Spicy 5K Yields Nearly $5,000 for Hospice
Berea, Ky., 18 June 2012
Chick-fil-A and Richmond Tourism present Hospice Care Plus with proceeds from the 2012 Chick-fil-A Spicy 5K. From left: Brenna Wallhausser with Hospice Care Plus, Clay Taybor and Heather Redick with Chick-fil-A, and Lori Murphy-Tatum of Richmond Tourism

he numbers are in, and the 3rd annual Chick-fil-A Spicy 5K has set a fundraising and attendance record.

The relatively new event and fundraiser earned $4,920 for charity. Hospice Care Plus is proud to be this year's recipient of the charitable funds.

A young runner prepares her bib just before the race. This year’s event boasted a record turnout

Just under 400 individuals registered for and raced in the 2012 Spicy 5K at Richmond Centre, the most ever for the event. Held on Memorial Day, the runners started their race with an emotional, live performance of “Taps.”

The overall male and female race winners were Alex Dreyer and Kendall Hayes, respectively. Both received free Chick-fil-A for one year.

The Spicy 5K is a joint effort of Chick-fil-A at Richmond Centre and the City of Richmond's tourism office.

Hospice Care Plus will use the funds to help support the cost of its programs, all of which are offered regardless of ability to pay.

“We can't thank Chick-fil-A and Richmond Tourism enough,” says Gail McGillis, Hospice's CEO. “They put on a wonderful, family-oriented event, and were so thoughtful to think of us when it came time to choose a recipient.”

Racers line up in preparation for the starting whistle for the Spicy 5K, held on Memorial Day. The event began with a live, emotional rendition of “Taps.”

A Hospice Care Plus volunteer prepares post-race snacks for runners. Several staff and volunteers came early to help support the event.



Summer Events to Include Golf, Music, and More
June 14, 2012

his summer will feature several special events—organized by community members—that will help raise funds for Hospice Care Plus.

All proceeds from each event benefit Hospice Care Plus.

The following list includes events we have been made aware of, and it is sure to expand as the summer continues. Check back frequently for additions and changes, and make plans to join us for these fun summer activities!


Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.
Sag Hollow Golf Tournament
Sag Hollow Golf Club, Booneville, Ky.

Details:
Begins at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start with an ABCD format
Pre-registration encouraged: limited to 12 teams
$60 per player (includes cart/green fees)
Two mulligans per player
Lunch provided after tournament
Cash prizes: 1st place, $500; 2nd place, $300; 3rd place, $200 (contingent on having at least six teams)
For more info: Angie Bailey-Davis, Hospice Care Plus, 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, hospice@hospicecp.org


Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m.
An Evening of Music
Beattyville Christian Church, Beattyville, Ky.

Details:
Local musicians
Styles to include bluegrass, jazz, classical, country, gospel, vocal, and more
Suggested donation of at least $5 to attend
For more info: Sue Booth (606-464-9112), Geneva Duncil (606-464-8708), Dedra B’burg (606-464-5038)


Saturday, July 7, 6 p.m.
Jason Newby Memorial Music Event
Berea Memorial Park, Berea, Ky.

Details:
Live music
Concessions
More details forthcoming
For more info: Angie Bailey-Davis, Hospice Care Plus, 859-986-1500, 800-806-5492, hospice@hospicecp.org



Run for the Roses Derby Benefit: Reservations to Close on April 29!
Berea, Ky., 17 April 2012
A wine gift basket brings high bids at the Run for the Roses. A live and silent auction is just one feature of the annual event.

eservations will close this Sunday, April 29, for one of the area’s top social and philanthropic events of the year.

The Run for the Roses Derby Eve party and benefit is Friday, May 4, at Acres of Land Winery. Each year, the event raises an average of $30,000 for the Hospice Care Plus programs.

Although event organizers send invitations, the Derby Eve party is open to the public. Reservations are limited to 350 and will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are $100 per person. For reservations, call Hospice’s Angela Bailey at 859-986-1500.

Guests mingle as last year's Derby Eve Benefit gets underway. This year's Run for the Roses Derby Eve Benefit is set for Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

After hours or on Saturdays and Sundays, leave the number of requested invitations with the on-call service.

The Run for the Roses Derby Eve party features dinner, dancing, live music, traditional Derby rose décor, and live and silent auctions. Guests will arrive to a mint julep greeting, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 7:00 p.m. Live music will be provided by Klassyc Tymes.

“We call it ‘the place to be on Derby eve in Madison County,’” says Angela Bailey, special events coordinator at Hospice. “The Madison County women who volunteer to put this event together each year are phenomenal. They know how to throw a party, and they are passionate about the cause.”

More than 500 roses are used to decorate the Run for the Roses Derby Eve event each year.

Jockey silks grace the entrance to last year's event, held at Acres of Land Winery. The decor is changed each year to represent a specific facet of the Derby.

For more information, contact Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500 or hospice@hospicecp.org.



Fashion Show to Highlight Derby Fashions for a Good Cause
Berea, Ky., 23 March 2012
EKU's Jackie Collier models Derby fashions at last year's Wine & Roses Brunch and Pre-Derby Fashion Show. This year's event is on April 14. Tickets are $25.

f the stretch of warm temperatures brings spring fashion to mind, Richmond has just the ticket for inspiration.

The Wine and Roses Brunch and Pre-Derby Fashion Show is slated for Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Acres of Land Winery.

Tickets are $25 and reservations are required. To make a reservation by the April 6 deadline, call Angela Bailey at Hospice Care Plus at 859-986-1500. All proceeds benefit Hospice Care Plus.

The Wine & Roses Brunch and Pre-Derby Fashion Show will feature several local dignitaries willing to don the latest spring fashions for a good cause. Among the more than 50 models are State Representative Rita Smart, Mayor Jim Barnes and his wife Jan, and Diane Kerby of the Berea City Council.

Models will wear fashions from Maurices, Belk, Dress Barn, Jett & Hall, Kohl's, JC Penney, Jack N' Jill, The Children's Place, Soft Shoe, CATO, Rue 21 and Formal Affair.

Angela Bailey, Hospice Care Plus's special events coordinator, says the event combines food and fashion for the perfect preview to the Derby season.

“Last year was our first fashion show, and it was elegant and fun,” said Bailey. “A lot of our guests left with great inspiration for their Derby outfits.”

In fact, said Bailey, the fashion show was designed as a precursor to Hospice Care Plus's annual Run for the Roses Derby Eve Benefit.

“Don’t be surprised if you see a few of the outfits go from the catwalk to the Run for the Roses party,” she said.

For more information about the Wine & Roses Brunch and Fashion Show, or to make a reservation, call Bailey at 859-986-1500.



Honor a Loved One with a Lasting Memorial
January 24, 2011

he Memorial Brick Walkway at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond provides a unique way for friends and family to remember or honor their loved ones and you are invited to participate. Proceeds from memorial brick orders go toward supporting our mission of providing loving care to those with life-threatening illnesses and support to their families, regardless of their ability to pay.



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