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Hospice of Palm Beach County honors them at annual luncheon

In appreciation of its nearly 650 volunteers, Hospice of Palm Beach County (HPBC) hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Kravis Center on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Last year, volunteers gave more than 50,000 hours of service to Hospice of Palm Beach County’s 7,670 patients.

Four hundred fifty people attended the Hospice of Palm Beach County event honoring volunteers for their generous service, helping people during their special time of need. Guests enjoyed the Caribbean-themed event, which included rhythmic music from a steel drum player, a delicious lunch, an awards ceremony, raffle drawings and dancing.

Hospice of Palm Beach County volunteers help further the organization’s mission to provide a great healthcare experience to its patients in a variety of ways: patient and family visitors, administrative support, pet therapy visitors, resale shops, special events, as well as in a multitude of professional capacities.

Hospice care touches lives of all ages, which is reflected in the personal story of each volunteer. Nicole Morson, a Palm Beach Atlantic student began visiting patients just six months ago, after her grandparent passed away under HPBC’s care. West Palm Beach resident Marilyn Marcus, who has volunteered with the organization for 28 years, was given special recognition. “It’s one of the best organizations around. They really put their hearts into everything they do. It’s not just talk,” said Marcus.

“Our volunteers make it possible for Hospice of Palm Beach County to provide all the services we offer in our community,” said Sue Gallup, Director of Volunteer Services. “We are so grateful for their ongoing support – I cannot tell you enough about the stories I am witness to each day. We are delighted to shine a light on them and give them a heartfelt thank you.”

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