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April showers bring May fun

May 2, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

LN Hospice Regatta logo_2015You know that phrase, “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, we got our April showers in Charlotte on Saturday night, didn’t we? They snuck in at the 11th hour (literally), drenching us all with pounding rain along with some serious thunder and lightning.

For Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman, those April showers are bringing not May flowers, but massive amounts of May fun — in the form of the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party. The Regatta Party, affectionately known as “the best party on the lake”, is happening this Saturday at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius. The fun will begin at 6:30pm when you can browse the silent auction items while sipping a cocktail and tasting delicious hors d’oeuvres. After a delightful dinner and a stirring presentation, there will be more fun and games and a chance to bid on some amazing live auction items as well.

And, brand new this year, you can purchase a “golden ticket” which gives you the chance to win an unbelievable trip to one of three destinations: Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic, Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise, Canada, or the Meritage Resort in Napa Valley. We’re only selling 100 of these tickets and half of them have already been purchased so don’t wait too long to capitalize on this opportunity! All trips include $1,000 in spending money and airfare for two. A one in a hundred chance for all of that? Them’s good odds, if you ask me! Golden tickets are available on our website — get yours before they’re all gone!

Your emcees for the evening will be WSOC anchor Allison Latos and WSOC meteorologist Keith Monday. They will charm you throughout the event and keep you well informed of all the goings on — who’s speaking next, when it’s time to win your golden ticket trip (because you are going to win it, right?), and when you need to finalize your silent auction bids.

At this point, all you have to do is buy your ticket, show up, and have a good time. And I’m not a scientist or meteorologist, but if you could equate the severity of those April showers we had on Saturday night to the amount of May fun you’ll have at the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party this weekend, I can predict you’re gonna get drenched.

Tickets are $125 and are available on our website. All proceeds benefit Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.  For more information, contact Nancy Cole at 704.335.4312. 

Special thanks to our most generous presenting sponsors: Huntersville Ford, Kathryn M. Keele, and Lake Norman Transportation Services.

Say yes to beer (and food and sunshine)

April 28, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

craft beerI’ve got some really easy questions for you. Do you like being outside on beautiful days? Do you like delicious food? Are you passionate about craft beer?

Unless you are a hermit, you should have answered “yes” to at least two of those questions.

And if you did, in fact, answer “yes” to at least two of those questions, I’m going to give you a beautiful gift — your ready-made plans for this Saturday afternoon, April 30.

Join us for Hops for Hospice, a fantastic event held out on the patio of Foxcroft Wine Co. on Fairview Road. We’ll be there from 1-4pm with samples of beer from Leffe, Lonerider, Mother Earth Brewing, Mystery Brewing, NoDa Brewing, The Old Mecklenburg Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill Brewery, Stella Artois, Sugar Creek Brewing Company, The Unknown Brewing Co, and Triple C Brewing Co. Plus there will be delicious appetizers from the inventive kitchen of Foxcroft Wine Co. And while you’re sipping on beer and noshing on food, you can also make bids for some cool gift baskets in the silent auction.

There really is no better way to enjoy a beautiful spring day in the Carolinas. Unless, of course, you are the aforementioned hermit. And you won’t know what an awesome day you’re missing.

Tickets for Hops for Hospice are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. You can Call 704.365.6550 for more information.

We won!

February 11, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

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The “big check”!

Well, we did it!

We beat Denver. I wish when I said “we” I meant our beloved Carolina Panthers, but alas, that was not the case on Sunday night.

But “we”, HPCCR, did beat The Denver Hospice in the food challenge. We went all out, gave it everything we had, and yesterday we were finally awarded victory.

Here’s the breakdown:

HPCCR has approximately 470 full time employees and we donated the equivalent of 115,741 pounds of food, resulting in about 246 pounds of food per FTE. Over the course of the competition week, more than $13,000 was collected in cash donations; the rest collected was in food.

The Denver Hospice, an organization with 313 full time employees, collected 2,143 pounds of food – almost seven pounds per FTE.

In my humble opinion, that’s a sound win.

Yesterday I went to the Second Harvest Food Bank (our chosen donation recipient) to take pictures of our presentation of “the big check”. While there, I had the great fortune to speak with Kay Carter, Executive Director, and Lisa Marie Nisely, Community Development Coordinator. The work they do is absolutely awe-inspiring. There was food stacked everywhere; it’s hard to wrap your mind around the number of people they feed each day.

And here’s something I didn’t really know until just recently — while donations of food are still very helpful, cash donations are actually even better because Second Harvest’s purchasing power is so much stronger than yours or mine.  We might think we’re getting a good deal at the supermarket, but they’ve got partners who allow them to buy at cost. So our donations give Second Harvest the ability to help the community to the fullest extent — more so than the extra canned goods in our pantries. Their impact is massive. It’s fantastic.

So there you have it. I don’t know about you, but I feel somewhat vindicated by our dominating win. Just like the Carolina Panthers, this organization and this community has heart. We love a challenge and we keep pounding at it until victory is within our reach. Unfortunately, from a football perspective, the victory barely slipped out of grasp for the home team this year, but the food challenge went our way and we couldn’t be more proud.

Now where are our rings??

 

We want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to this challenge and helped us win — employees, vendors, partners, schools, communities of faith, neighborhoods, businesses, even other hospices in North Carolina. Your support was phenomenal and we are in your debt!  

 

 

 

 

Drop off food and help us win

February 2, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

Broncos vs Panthers Hospice spiritHere in the Carolinas, we are bona fide Panthers fanatics! We are so excited that our team is in the Super Bowl that we practically can’t stand it. After all, this game represents competition at its finest. And who doesn’t love a little competition??

Well, turns out HPCCR does. Because the gauntlet has been thrown all the way from Denver and we are up to the challenge. Raring to go. Oh, we are ALL IN!

Here’s the deal: The Denver Hospice and HPCCR will each collect as much food (and non-food items like dish detergent and shampoo) that they can until this Friday, February 5. The hospice that amasses the most items (measured by weight) per full time employee will win.

This is where you come in. YOU can help us win this friendly wager! Not to mention, you can also help us make a difference in our community. We will be taking donations of canned food or household items (list is below) at ANY of our locations between now and this Friday. The heavier the better (remember that weight measurement??) but we’ll take all your offerings! The Second Harvest Food Bank has been apprised of this competition and has kindly offered to come pick up our massive collection of goods at our locations.

Second Harvest is helping out another way too. If you prefer to make a cash/check/credit card donation instead of bringing in items, Second Harvest will give us ‘credit’ for seven pounds of food for every dollar donated.  If this option sounds like the way you want to go, please click here and select SUPER BOWL HOSPICE CHALLENGE where you are asked, “What brought you to the site today?”

It’s as simple as that. Now it’s time to rummage through your cabinets or go to the store and find the heaviest supplies you can (or pull out your credit card to donate).

Because you’ve heard the term “bury the competition”, right? Well, we are going to bury Denver Hospice. In a mountain of food. But, you know, we’ll do it friendly-like. With southern charm. We’ll take that gauntlet and mail it back to Denver with an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. Maybe a bag of grits.

And, oh yeah, GO PANTHERS!

 

Here’s the list of suggested items. Keep in mind, you can donate items that are not on this list as well:

Canned Meats
Chicken, turkey, ham, beef stew

Canned Fish
Tuna, mackerel, salmon

Canned Vegetables
Beans, corn, potatoes

Canned Fruits
Pears, apples, peaches

Other Items
Peanut butter, pasta, rice, deluxe macaroni & cheese, soup

Non-Food Items
Laundry and dish detergent, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, diapers

 

 

Fight Panthers withdrawal with soup

January 25, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

Soup on Sunday logo_50Holy cow, it’s a HUGE day here in North Carolina! Our beloved Carolina Panthers clinched the NFC championship last night (in an amazing game) and we’re going to the Super Bowl in Santa Clara in just a few short weeks. We are beside ourselves with excitement!

This whole season has been so much fun. Who knew that when we started winning way back in September, we just weren’t going to stop? (I know, I know, we lost to Atlanta, but who’s counting?) Every Sunday has been riveting (and sometimes downright exhausting) but it led us to that shining moment last night and the potential to be the NFL champions this season. Wow. Just . . .  wow.

But all that’s on February 7th. Now what?

If you’re anything like me, on those Sundays the Panthers don’t play, everything feels weird. Discombobulated.  There are three extra hours to fill and you kind of wander around aimlessly wondering what it is you’re supposed to be doing.

We know what you’re supposed to do this Sunday, with no Panthers to watch. You’re coming to see us. At Soup on Sunday.

That’s right — it’s that time again! We’re hosting our 16th year of the most delicious fundraiser in town. And it won’t conflict at all with your football-viewing schedule.

Soup on Sunday features amazing soups from some of Charlotte’s best restaurants. We’ll have vegetarian soups, soups with chicken and sausage, various chilis and bisques, as well as gumbos and chowders. We have the current list on our website so you can go ahead and start drooling now. And there are usually some last minute delectable additions for those of you who like to be surprised.

But there’s more than just soup. There will be gorgeous, hand-made pottery to choose from, breads from Great Harvest Bread Company, Coca Cola products, and Bojangles sweet tea. And there will be desserts. You can sample different flavors of Nothing Bundt Cakes (or “dangerous circles of heaven” as I call them) and then there’ll also be some serious chocolate temptations; the chefs from the participating culinary schools always come up with some breathtakingly beautiful, sweet creations to rival their scrumptious soups.

panthers superbowlSo instead of wandering around your house, suffering from Panthers withdrawal, come out to Soup on Sunday. But if it makes you feel better (and because old habits die hard), Cam Newton jerseys will be welcomed.

 

Soup on Sunday takes place THIS SUNDAY, January 31, from 11 am until 2pm at the Phillip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center on the CPCC campus. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. $30 will gain you general admission and the $40 Soup Lovers’ Special allows you to pick your very own handmade pottery bowl. Call Nancy Cole at 704.335.4312 for more information. All proceeds support the programs and services of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.

 

A final message

December 30, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

thank you 2014As we enter the final days of 2015, HPCCR has an important end-of-year message for all of you.

Thank you.

Because of the support from friends, patients we’ve served, and the loved ones of those patients, we have had a wonderful year.  And just so you know, our definition of a wonderful year is being able to make a difference in our community.

What does that look like?  Well, it means helping patients spend their last days, weeks, and months in comfort.  It means being a supportive resource to frightened family members and exhausted caregivers.  It’s educating families about when the time is right for hospice care to give them the benefit of much-needed additional help.  It’s providing grief support to bereaved family members after their loved one has died.  And it’s offering education to our community about end-of-life planning and other equally important topics.

We did all those things in 2015 and we did them with care, compassion, and integrity.

We thank each and every one of you who talked about hospice care and helped us further our mission of spreading the word.  We thank the families who allowed us into their homes; who gave us the honor of caring for their loved ones at such an important time.  We thank those of you who followed us on Facebook and Twitter, kept up-to-date with the goings-on of our organization, and attended our fundraising events.  And we appreciate all of you who read the inspiring stories on this blog, commented on them, or even shared them.

Bottom line?  End-of-life care is a true blessing.  But it takes people accessing it, talking about it, and learning about it so that it can become a more widespread and understood option.  You helped us do that in 2015 and we know that you will continue to do so in the coming year.  For that you have our sincere gratitude.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2016!

Today’s the DAY! #GivingTuesdayCLT

December 1, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

GTCLT12_1 blueWe’re so excited we can hardly stand it! The day we’ve been planning for (and when I say we, I mean HPCCR and 108 other not-for-profits) is finally here! It’s #GivingTuesdayCLT! That means today we’ll find out if we reached our goal of raising $2 million for the populations we collectively serve in the Charlotte region!

We’ve been tweeting, updating Facebook statuses, sharing Instagram photos, sending emails, and writing newsletter articles about #GivingTuesdayCLT. But you know what? It ultimately comes down to you.

That’s right. You. The loyal supporters of these 109 not-for-profits will be the real heroes today. We couldn’t do it without your generosity. Without your vision of how this kind of money can help your neighbors in need. You will be the reason why struggling families will have meals, children will receive healthcare services, pets will be adopted, families of service members will receive financial support, cancer research will be funded, students will have school supplies. . . . the list of how you’re helping is truly endless.

And you will also be the reason why HPCCR will be able to continue funding Chameleon’s Journey (our grief camp for kids and teens), why we will be able to care for anyone who needs our exceptional end-of-life care (regardless of their ability to pay), and why we can offer community education everywhere in our service area.

So have you made a donation to HPCCR for #GivingTuesdayCLT? If not, do you want to? It’s easy — just click on our donation form to make your gift and then choose #GivingTuesdayCLT in the drop down menu for the question, “What brought you to the site to give today?”

Thank you. Seriously, thank you so very much. On behalf of all of us participating in #GivingTuesdayCLT, we can’t begin to express our gratitude for helping us reach this wonderful goal. There is a powerful surge of kindness surrounding this holiday season and your generosity has helped to ignite it.

May this spirit of compassion surround you and your family throughout this wondrous time.