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Hospice of the Panhandle plans fundraising dance

April 20, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Area dancers will get the opportunity to kick up their heels when the annual Spring Fling Dinner Dance, now in its ninth year, is held next month in Shepherdstown.

Sponsored by the Preceptor Alpha Kappa chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, the dance raises funds for Hospice of the Panhandle, and is among one of several good deeds the organization performs in the name of community improvement, said group treasurer Cindy Stonebraker.

The buffet dinner dance, which will include live music, will be May 6 from 6:30 to midnight at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.

The event will include a silent auction with more than 25 items, including original art, a whitewater rafting trip, jewelry, golfing packages and tools, Stonebraker said.

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The dance has been increasingly successful for the organization, with 290 tickets sold and more than $40,000 raised as part of Hospice's 25th year celebration last year, a significant increase over the first year's fundraiser when just $2,000 was raised, Stonebraker said.

"We've come a long way," she said.

Stonebraker said Hospice's mission, which is to provide care for terminally ill patients, is a worthwhile cause.

"Just about everybody you meet has been touched by someone with cancer," Stonebraker said.

Hospice board member Mary Alice Bowers said the organization provided $385,000 in under- or nonreimbursed care to patients and families in the three counties of the Eastern Panhandle and Hampshire County.

The 15-member sorority also has worked to provide donations and support for Panhandle Home Health and Kings Daughters Court apartments in Martinsburg, where funds were raised to finance the installation of a flagpole outside the building two years ago.

Bowers, who is an honorary member of the sorority, praised the group for its efforts.

"The amount of work they do in Berkeley County ..." she said. "I'm in awe of them."

Sponsorships are still being accepted and donations and ticket sales should be sent to 330 Discovery Road in Martinsburg.

More information is available by calling 304-263-1769.

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