The 5th annual Hats for Hospice Preakness Party will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 4-8 p.m. at the Princess Anne riverfront home of Kathleen and Howard Crossan.
The event is the signature fundraiser for charity care at Coastal Hospice. The need is profound and growing. Last fiscal year, Coastal Hospice provided over $650,000 in charity care to patients on the Lower Shore who did not have the resources to pay. No one who needs hospice services is ever denied care by Coastal Hospice.
Reservations are $75 per person with an RSVP date of May 13 and can be made at CoastalHospice.org or by calling 410-742-8732.
The event features a live Preakness broadcast on a big screen, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Chef David Easton of Jade, Inc., plus race-day drinks including mint juleps, black-eyed susans, beer and wine. The Haymans will entertain with music. Celebrity bartenders from WBOC and WMDT will host the drink stations.
This year’s Charter Society Anchor Award recipient is Coastal Hospice board member Cam Bunting, who also serves on the Capital Campaign Committee to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean and who will be honored at the event.
A Hats for Hospice hat decorating contest sponsored by Vernon Powell returns for 2016. Hats embellished by more than 15 talented local designers will be on display from May 6-18 at Vernon Powell Shoes on Naylor Mill Road in Salisbury. The public is invited to view the hats and vote for their favorite online by May 18 at https://coastalhospice.thankyou4caring.org/hats. Each vote requires a minimum $10 donation that also funds Coastal Hospice charity care. Two designers will be recognized at the event for their submissions based upon most money raised and most creative hat, and the hats will be auctioned to the highest bidder.
The Hats for Hospice committee members are chair Barbara Long, and Diana Barber, Nancie Booth, Nancy Hall, Alan Merritt-Hyle, Kathleen Abercrombie, Hope Morgan, Melanie Stefursky, Nancie Booth, Jenna Bowne and Gayle Widdowson.
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.