Private, public contributions provide assistance for hospice


October 30, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NOVEMBER HAS been designated National Hospice Month, and Anne Arundel County is fortunate to have two hospices -- one in Annapolis operated by Anne Arundel Medical Center and the other here in Central County, one of Maryland's largest.

The local Hospice of the Chesapeake, which has been caring for terminally ill and bereaved county residents since 1979, received a $200,000 donation this summer from the Betty Jane and Creston G. Tate Foundation -- the largest single gift in its history.

In appreciation, Hospice of the Chesapeake has changed the name of its residential hospice in Linthicum, Chesapeake Hospice House -- the county's only residential hospice -- to the Betty Jane and Creston G. Tate Foundation Chesapeake Hospice House.

"We cannot begin to express our gratitude to the foundation," said Erwin Abrams, hospice president. "The foundation's gift will make a priceless difference for so many of our patients and loved ones."

Each year, Hospice of the Chesapeake provides more than $200,000 in uncompensated services to financially needy clients. The hospice depends on contributions from the public and private sectors.

Other major supporters in recent months include:

Chartwell Golf and Country Club, which raised money in August through its annual charity golf tournament. While nearly 100 club members played their favorite game, they collected a tournament record-setting $15,000 for Hospice of the Chesapeake.

The Bank of Glen Burnie, which raised $12,400 for the hospice program in September with its annual charity golf tournament.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which donated time -- employees spending an entire day at the hospice house, planting flowers, tilling, mulching and making the grounds more beautiful.

The BGE volunteers, who were participating in United Way of Central Maryland's Day of Caring, then went to the hospice's Veterans Highway headquarters where they completed a long list of handyman jobs.

Residents of all ages benefit from the hospice.

In August, nearly 50 county children celebrated the lives of loved ones they have lost and learned how to cope with death at Hospice of the Chesapeake's Camp Nabe at Arlington Echo in Millersville. The annual camp is led by professional counselors and volunteers.

This year, a tribute was paid to the late Betty Asplund, Camp Nabe founder and former director of the hospice's bereavement center.

A panel of former campers discussed the impact Camp Nabe has had on their lives.

Camp Nabe 1997 was made possible by donations from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation, the county Health Department, WCBM Radio, Friendship Creative Printers, Tischer Autopark, Lexus of Annapolis, Mac-In-Town Desktop Publishing, IIT Research Institute, Aurora Florist and the hospice auxiliary.

If your employer or business participates in state and federal charity campaigns, you can designate your contribution for Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Information: 410-987-2003.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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