Thanks from Calvert Hospice for Supporting our First Annual Festival of Wreaths!
One of our favorite things to do is write letters to publicly thank our community for supporting Calvert Hospice. Our First Annual Festival of Wreaths, held at the Prince Frederick CSM Campus, has provided us with yet another opportunity for our Board and staff to recognize how fortunate we are to be in Calvert County among so many good, kind, caring families. We had hoped the Festival would provide a time filled with beauty, warmth, and holiday spirit and we are pleased to say we heard many very happy and supportive comments from those who attended! Those who donated wreaths for sale ensured that this event was once again created by our community and we simply could not have held the Festival without their creative and generous donations. Each wreath was unique and “spoke” to the individuals who purchased them. With the sale of wreaths, poinsettias, and ornaments, combined with our event sponsorships and on-site donations, we raised over $14,000 for our Burnett Calvert Hospice House, far exceeding our expectations for this first-time event.
As always, we have many people to thank and that’s the best part of our letters! Again, we are deeply indebted to all those individuals, groups, organizations and businesses who donated their time and talents to create the wreaths. We received over 70 donations and almost all were sold! In addition to our wreath-makers, we also want to thank our sponsors and encourage people to support them as they have supported Hospice: Medart Galleries, PNC, Calvert Internal Medicine Group, Floor Systems, Lee Funeral Home, Exelon Generation, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Marrick Properties, Calvert Commercial Real Estate, Early Bird Home Services, Advanced Troubleshooters, Asbury Home Services, Carrie Polk Insurance, Procare Hospice Care, Jan Kleponis of O’Brien Realty, Calvert Beacon, Mark O. Todd CPA, the Pennysaver, Gerald Van De Velde and Rene Cunningham and Sandra Vanoosten.
And again, as always, there are special individuals who gave of their time and skills to help us with all the tiny details that are part of any event. These special friends include Bonnie Barrett, John Brady, Crumb Snatchers, Michael Freeburger, Matt Gambrill and Carmen Lee Nance Gambrill, Beth Graeme, Marianne Harms, Hardesty Haven Catering, Toni Healey, Mike King, Carolyn McHugh, Sandy Monger, Sherry Scott, Jack Smack, the office/facilities/security staff at CSM, the members of the Northern High School Boys Lacrosse Team, the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department/Company 2, our Hospice volunteers, and of course our Hospice staff. A special thanks goes to the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir and the Huntingtown United Methodist Church Praise Band for adding incredibly beautiful music throughout the day.
All of us at Hospice truly see our work as a privilege and hold a deep commitment to ensuring peace at the end of life for individuals and their families. The support of our community not only helps us continue our work, it also lifts us up by helping us know we’ve made the differences we’ve hoped to make. Thank you once again, from all of us at Calvert Hospice for all you do. We look forward to our Second Annual Festival of Wreaths and to seeing you there next year!