Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Roni Edgmon

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Roni Edgmon

May 30, 2019

Mrs. Roni Edgmon, Friends of Community Hospice Member and Harold A. Peterson, III “Heart of Hospice” Award Winner, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for over 12 years. We are honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Jeff Cowan

May 24, 2019

Jeff Cowan, a Community Hospice Advisory Council Member, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for over 15 years. We are honored to hear his remarks on our 40th anniversary.

Community Hospice Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary at the 18th Annual Foundation Gala

May 22, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary at the 18th Annual Foundation Gala

Modesto, Calif. (May 22, 2019)–On May 18, 2019 over 650 community members gathered at the home of Dr. Wesley and Mrs. Heidi Kinzie in Modesto, California for the 40 Year Anniversary celebration at the 18th Annual Community Hospice Foundation Gala. Guests enjoyed Live and Silent Auctions, a raffle, appetizers and dinner by Greens Events.

Several community members were recognized for their dedicated service and support in advancing the organization’s mission. The Julio R. and Aileen Gallo Leadership Award was awarded to James “J.D.” Grothe for his passionate commitment and enthusiastic leadership. Françoise DeMartini was awarded the John and June Rogers Philanthropic Award. Françoise embodies the heart of hospice by giving and raising funds to assure that the mission of Community Hospice continues, regardless of the patient’s or family’s ability to pay. The Harold A. Peterson, III Heart of Hospice Award was presented to Roni and James Edgmon for her their long-standing commitment to the mission of Community Hospice.

This year’s Cash for the Cause was to raise needed funds to support our Camp Erin® of the Central Valley. Thanks to our generous community, Cash for the Cause raised over $48,000 to support many children in our community who have experienced a loss.

Community Hospice Foundation Executive Director, Melissa Van Diepen said, “We are thrilled with the outcome of our Gala. It was a very wet but beautiful evening of celebration honoring our heritage, former Board and staff members and all those who have contributed to the mission of Community Hospice. We are humbled and grateful for the continued dedication and generosity our community members that allow us the privilege of providing support when needed.”

The 40 Year Anniversary Celebration Gala was a great success raising more than $365,000 to support the patients, families and programs of Community Hospice.

About Community Hospice Foundation
Community Hospice Foundation is a community-based nonprofit, raising awareness and funds to support the patients and families of Community Hospice.

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, please call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.
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Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Karina Castillo

April 23, 2019

Karina Castillo, a Community Hospice Children’s Grief Specialists, has been a supporter of Community Hospice for nearly one year.

We are privileged to have Karina as a part of our family and honored to hear her remarks on our 40th Anniversary.

Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Harold Peterson

April 19, 2019

Harold Peterson, former Community Hospice President and CEO, has been dedicated employee and supporters of Community Hospice for over 24 years.

We are privileged to have Harold as a part of our family and honored to hear his remarks on our 40th Anniversary

Community Hospice Celebrates and Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation and Award Luncheon

April 11, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contacts:
Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Celebrates and Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation and Award Luncheon

MODESTO, CA (April 11, 2019) – Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, celebrated and recognized their volunteers at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony on April 10, 2019. All volunteers received a special certificate of recognition. Several volunteers were recognized for outstanding service and dedication to the mission of Community Hospice and four dedicated volunteers were awarded the 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award. Named after the co-founder of Community Hospice, the awards are given each year to four volunteers for their outstanding service and spirit of excellence. One volunteer is chosen from the following: Community Hospice, Friends of Community Hospice, Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Stores and Camp Erin® of the Central Valley.

The Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Audrey Hermanson. Not only is Hermanson a dedicated and compassionate grief support volunteer she also assists the Marketing department at events providing resources and awareness of Community Hospice programs

The Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Friends of Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Mrs. Mardy Chipponeri; current Vice President of Membership for the Friends of Community Hospice and Chair of the Santa Shares Breakfast. Chipponeri has served in many capacities to support the fundraising efforts and mission of Community Hospice. She has played a significant role in the success of Friends of Community Hospice and has demonstrated leadership and a hospice heart.

Sharon Troglin was awarded the Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Hope Chest Thrift Store Volunteer of the Year. Troglin has been volunteering with Community Hospice for more than 25 years. Her ongoing dedication to the mission of Community Hospice is a source of inspiration to her fellow volunteers.

The 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Camp Erin® of the Central Valley award was presented to Ms. Domini Mills.
Mills has served as a nurse at Camp Erin since the beginning in 2014. Her dedication to supporting our campers along their grief journey, as well as our many camp volunteers has been a blessing.

In 2018, more than 550 volunteers contributed 23,023 hours in support of the Community Hospice mission. “Volunteers have always been and are still the heart of Community Hospice. We are fortunate to have so many community residents give their time and talent to support our mission,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President and CEO of Community Hospice. “We are grateful for all our volunteers that help support our patients and their families, and the programs we provide our communities.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or any of Community Hospice’s programs or services, visit hospiceheart.org or call 209.578.6300.

Photo Caption: The 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award Winners (From Left to Right) Domini Mills, Sharon Troglin, Audrey Hermanson and Mardy Chipponeri.

About Community Hospice
Celebrating 40 Years of service, Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief support services to anyone in the community. For more information, please call 209. 578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

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Community Hospice and Prospect Theater Project Inspires Conversation on Difficult Issues

April 10, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contacts:
Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice and Prospect Theater Project
Inspires Conversation on Difficult Issues

MODESTO, CA (April 10, 2019) – In c​elebration and preparation of National Health Care Decisions Day in April, community members gathered at Prospect Theater Project on Saturday, April 6th, to engage in conversation that is often difficult to discuss, death and dying. The event, hosted by Community Hospice and Prospect Theater Project, featured two plays with interactive discussion around advance care planning.

“Our mission is to provide education to our patients, families and neighbors,” mentioned C. Desha McLeod, President and CEO of Community Hospice. “This event was a creative and exciting way to reach more members of our community; providing them with crucial education and resources. We are very appreciative of sponsors Franklin and Downs and Legal Pathways for making this event successful. We look forward to more events similar to this one to our in the future.”

One of the play authors, Mr. CE McClelland who wrote Time To Go, made a special trip to Modesto from back East to attend the event and participated in the discussion sharing his story. Attorney Julie Richardson with Legal Pathways was also present addressing questions and notarizing Advance Healthcare Directives for those who wanted to complete one at the event.

“This project goes to the heart of the way theater best functions within a community: As a conduit through which complex human issues may be examined, assessed, and subsequently, through new or renewed understanding, acted upon,” said Jack Souza, Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Project. “Participating in this project has been personally enlightening and has prompted me to take direct steps to address the issues presented by the plays in my own life.”

To view photos of the event of for more information about Community Hospice programs and services, visit hospiceheart.org or call 209.578.6300.

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Celebrating 40 years of service, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, please call 209. 578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

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Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary: Gary Ervin

April 9, 2019

Gary Ervin, Community Hospice Advisory Council Member and donor, has been a dedicated supporter of Community Hospice for 18 years.

We are privileged to have Gary as a part of our family and honored to hear his remarks on our 40th Anniversary.