Founding Friends of TC Hospice Raise $140,000 for Youth Family Grief Support
The recent gathering of members of the Founding Friends of Treasure Coast Hospice celebrated the tremendous success of the group’s charity fundraiser, Broadway Opening Night, which took place in January at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. Treasure Coast Hospice CEO Jackie Kendrick and Manager of Philanthropic Partnerships Agnes Palmer joined in the festivities at the lovely Harbour Ridge home of Polly Carta.
The crowd cheered as Founding Friends’ outgoing and incoming presidents, Lisa O'Neill and Chris Kaufman, presented Kendrick with a check for $140,000 to benefit Treasure Coast Hospice Youth and Family Grief Support Services.
"We couldn't be more grateful for everything that the Founding Friends do for our organization and our grief support programs," said Kendrick. "It is because of your dedication to our mission that we can continue to care for patients and families in our community.”
Contributing over $3 million since its inception in 1982, the fundraising and friend-raising efforts of the Founding Friends are profound.
Camp Good Grief is one of several programs positively impacted by the group’s generosity.
Filling in for Director of Grief Support & Pediatric Services Jacki Nardone, Palmer shared the message of hope and healing and the impact that the Camp had upon the record number of children and teens that attended this year. By participating in arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and adventure therapy, campers can express their grief while connecting with and forming friendships with peers who share similar losses. This year alone, 43 participants between the ages of 8 and 18 benefitted from the overnight weekend camp experience.
Other programs supported by the Founding Friends and donors in the community include grief support education for other local agencies, crisis response, family retreats, and more.
The Founding Friends are committed to supporting the mission of Treasure Coast Hospice, a nonprofit, community-based organization that has touched the lives of generations of families for more than 40 years.
For more information, or to donate, please visit www.TreasureHealth.org.