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Martinsburg firm partners with Hospice of the Panhandle

December 30, 2010
  • Michael Caryl, Lily Hill, Chazz Printz, Mike Keller, Mike Lorensen and Kin Sayre, from left, meet with Hospice of the Panhandle CEO Margaret Cogswell, right, to celebrate Bowles Rice's gift to the non-profit organization. Missing were Lacy Rice and Amy Leonard.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Recent contributions by attorneys in a Martinsburg law firm to Hospice of the Panhandle’s “Building the Dream” campaign brings the combined gift from the firm and its partners and special counsel to more than $100,000.

As a result, the bereavement suite in the new office complex, to be constructed by Hospice at the Berkeley/Jefferson County line, will be named after Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love law firm and a group of its Martinsburg partners and special counsel members, according to a news release from Hospice.

“We started working with Bowles Rice partners early in 2010, shortly after the firm gift was made,” said campaign chair and Hospice Board chairman GT Schramm said in the release.

Firm members who signed on individually to the effort include Lacy I. Rice Jr., Charles F. “Chazz” Printz, Michael Caryl, Kin Sayre, Michael Keller, Michael Lorensen and Amy Lamp. Additionally, Lily Hill made a contribution in memory of her late husband, Phil, who practiced as special counsel with the firm up until his death in 2009. Lily Hill said that her husband, who was a longtime Hospice supporter, would have wanted to join with his partners in the effort to build the complex in the Eastern Panhandle.

“We obviously recognize the great need for inpatient care here, and I’m very happy that my partners have stepped up to the plate,” said Printz, a member of the firm’s executive committee. “Hospice has touched so many families throughout the community.”

Building the Dream is a two-fold project that will construct a 14-bed inpatient hospice house and an office complex on 19 acres of land that sits on the Berkeley/Jefferson County line. The combined project will cost upwards of $9 million. To date, more than $2.24 million has been pledged — all of it from individuals and businesses throughout the four-county region that Hospice of the Panhandle serves.
 
Hospice of the Panhandle celebrated 30 years of service in 2010.

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