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Hospice of the Panhandle exceeds $3 million goal

April 16, 2012
  • Those participating in a reception Monday recognizing the latest $100,000 gift by Farmers and Mechanics Insurance Cos. to Hospice of the Panhandle are, from left, Hospice board Chairman/Campaign Chairman GT Schramm; F&M board member/Hospice campaign volunteer Lee Snyder; F&M employee/Hospice volunteer Vickie Elliott; F&M board Chairman J. Wayne Lancaster; F&M board member/Hospice volunteer Vicki Fulk; retired F&M Chief Executive Officer Dennis McCormick; Hospice Chief Executive Officer Margaret Cogswell; and F&M Chief Executive Officer Foster Sirbaugh.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A second $100,000 gift from a local insurance company propelled Hospice of the Panhandle to exceed its $3 million groundbreaking goal for “Building the Dream,” the agency's campaign to build a 14-bed inpatient facility and consolidate its offices.

Board members with Farmers and Mechanics Insurance Cos., which made a $100,000 donation to Hospice in 2010, announced late last week that it would make a second gift of $100,000 to the agency for its capital campaign, Hospice announced Monday.

“We just recognize how important this project is, and we saw how close Hospice was to its groundbreaking goal, and we wanted to make it happen,” F&M Board President J. Wayne Lancaster said in a news release.

Several members of the F&M board are involved with Hospice, working as campaign volunteers for Building the Dream.

“It has been such a privilege and honor to work on this board,” said Vicki Fulk, who is a member of the F&M board and the Hospice campaign team. “I am so proud to have been a part of this. Every one of us has been touched by Hospice in some way. This was simply the right thing to do.”

The next steps for Hospice include receiving contractors’ bids, scheduled to occur in May, and selecting a general contractor. After the contractor is named, Hospice of the Panhandle officials are planning an official groundbreaking from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 13 at the site of its new home, on old W.Va. 9, at the Berkeley/Jefferson County line. The community phase of the campaign will be launched at the groundbreaking.

“I really can't say enough about the level of support that we have received from Farmers and Mechanics,” said Margaret Cogswell, Hospice of the Panhandle’s chief executive officer. “They understand that this project will have tremendous implications for the way we provide end-of-life care for many years to come.”

Vickie Elliott, administrative assistant at F&M, has been volunteering with Hospice for more than 10 years, and has been an instrumental member of the Berkeley County Building the Dream team.

“This is such a blessing,” Elliott said. “I am truly proud to be a part of F&M. I think the gifts that have been made show that the staff of Hospice has so much to be proud of for the great job they do, and the care and support they provide for their patients.”

Hospice, a 31-year-old not-for-profit agency, provides end-of-life and palliative (comfort-oriented) care, and serves as a resource to Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Hampshire counties for these and related issues.

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