National Hospice Foundation 9th Annual Gala Honoring and Celebrating Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice Patients and Caregivers

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2013

Outstanding Efforts in Supporting Hospice are Recognized During Celebration

(Alexandria, VA) – This evening, the National Hospice Foundation will host its 9th Annual Gala as part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 28th Management and Leadership Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, MD.

“Tonight’s celebration pays tribute to the youngest and bravest of those we care for in hospice; our pediatric patients. Hospice professionals recognize that caring for pediatric patients and their family members requires a unique approach and set of skills. NHPCO works to raise awareness and provide educational resources to those providing that care. We’re thankful to those who joined in our celebration in support of that work,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHF and its affiliate the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Local ABC News Anchor, Greta Kreuz will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event attended by over 500 guests. Three awards will be presented to individuals who have contributed to hospice in significant and unique ways.

Stuart Lazarus will receive the Philanthropic Inspiration Award for his commitment to raising funds for hospice. In 2002, Lazarus combined his love of running with his passion for hospice to create a successful fundraising program, Run to Remember. This program give runners and walkers in training an opportunity to celebrate and honor the memory of their loved ones and raises funds for hospice on a local, national and international level.

Ellen Goodman is being honored with the Morfogen Art of Caring Award. The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist is being recognized as the founder of The Conversation Project, an effort to engage the public in conversations about the end of life by sharing stories about “good deaths” and “bad deaths” and offering tools to make these conversations easier.

Torrey DeVitto, both an actress and hospice volunteer, will receive the Buchwald Spirit Award for Public Awareness. As NHPCO’s very first Hospice Ambassador, DeVitto frequently finds opportunities through interviews, social media and appearances to bring more attention to hospice care, and bring awareness to a younger age group. She created the theme for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, “Comfort. Love. Respect.”

Funds raised from the Gala, through sponsorships, ticket sales and live and silent auctions will be used to support all of NHPCO’s initiatives and efforts in pediatric hospice care.

Next year’s gala will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 also at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in conjunction with NHPCO’s 29th Management and Leadership Conference.

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Jennifer Ford
Director, Communications
Ph: 703-647-1577