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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.

Goodbye winter, hello Regatta Party!

April 22, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

LN Hospice Regatta logo_2015I just saw on Twitter that they got 9.5 inches of snow in some (quite unlucky) areas of Wisconsin yesterday and today. While I feel very sorry for those poor souls who are dragging out the shovels and the snow blowers yet one more time, I can’t help but feel smug.  It’s finally springtime in the Carolinas and we are enjoying some glorious sunshine, bluebird skies, and dry weather.  Each year when we finally get this gorgeous respite, we also get a tingling of anticipation.  You can almost sense something delightfully fun is in your future.  And it is!  The 15th annual Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party is coming your way on Saturday, May 2!

If you haven’t purchased your tickets to the “best party on the lake”, you still have a chance because we have a few left (which you can find on our website). The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party is an upscale evening at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius and it features delicious food, music, games, an inspirational speaker, and a well-stocked cash bar.  You will also enjoy some amazing items up for bid in the live and silent auctions.  And the best part about the auctions?  You can do your bidding online from the comfort of your seat, using only your smart phone and your cunning, cutthroat strategies to get the items that you want.

Need some incentive to get your tickets?  How about a sneak peek into some of the items up for bid?  We’ve got an unbelievable trip to the Napa Valley which includes a 3-night stay at a fabulous resort and a three-hour gourmet dinner for two on the Napa Valley Wine Train.  This trip also includes round-trip coach class airfare for two.  Yeah, you can just go ahead and sign me up for that one.

We’ve also got a week-long stay in a two bedroom condo (which sleeps eights) in Hilton Head.  One week of hanging out on the beach, listening to the waves, and catching up with your friends (who will adore you for inviting them).

Or maybe you just want a quick getaway to the mountains?  We’ve got a one-night stay at a bed & breakfast in Banner Elk.

Plus, we’ve got golf packages, jewelry, nights at the Grove Park Inn, and a ton more.  To put it simply, there are more than enough reasons for you to get your bidding on at this awesome event.  Not to mention it supports a wonderful organization making a huge impact within its community — Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.

The party starts at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 2 at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius.  Tickets are $100, which is a tiny investment in the massive amount of fun you’re going to have, especially if you end up outbidding me for the Napa trip.  Now, if you’re coming here from snowy Wisconsin, we’ll probably let you in for free.  You’ve seriously suffered enough.

A HUGE thanks to our generous presenting sponsors: Huntersville Ford, Kathryn Keele, and Lake Norman Transportation Services, Inc.  We sincerely appreciate your amazing support!

To purchase your Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party tickets, visit the Shop HPCCR page on our website.  For more information, contact Nancy Cole, HPCCR Director of Special Events.

Who else needs a relaxing vacation?

April 30, 2014

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

Have you missed me, loyal readers?  Have you even noticed that I’ve been conspicuously absent for the past few weeks?  Well, I have a good reason.

Over three weeks ago, in an attempt by me and my husband to get away from the kids for a few days, we went out to Utah to go skiing.  On our first ski run (on the first day, of course), I fell and broke my shoulder.  Long story short, we were on a red-eye home that night and I had surgery a few days later.  Needless to say, my typing skills have suffered somewhat.

It has been suggested to me by many friends (ok, all of them) that perhaps for our next vacation, my husband and I should choose something a little more low-key.  I tell you all this because I have the perfect opportunity to make that suggestion a reality.  I can bid on some fantastic (non-dangerous) vacations at the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party being held this Saturday night in Cornelius.

If you’ve been a subscriber to this blog for a while, you’re probably pretty familiar with this awesome party by now.  Held each year at the beautiful Peninsula Club, the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party is an exciting evening of music, food, games, and live and silent auctions.  All proceeds benefit Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman so it ends up being a really fun night that helps a truly worthy organization.  The party is being presented this year by Keller Williams Luxury Homes International and a HUGE thank you goes out to this most generous organization!

Last year, we introduced electronic bidding and it was an enormous success.  By simply registering your cell phone (smart phone or not), you can bid and then automatically keep tabs on the items you’re interested in.  No hovering.  No constantly checking bid sheets to see if someone else is trying to steal your item from you.  In fact, the silent auction site is already live!  If you are planning on coming to the party on Saturday night, you can start bidding NOW!

Now, the live auction items are the ones I should really be thinking about.  A Lake Norman dinner cruise for six?  That sounds like a peaceful evening, and fairly low on the danger meter.  Or maybe the trip to the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.  This shoulder could use a spa day.  The trip (first class airline tickets!) includes four days and three nights and daily breakfast.  I can certainly use my left hand to pull those slot machine arms.  And how relaxing does a four-night stay in Bermuda sound?  This injury has really stressed me out.  A few days relaxing on a beach couldn’t hurt. . . .

Even if you’re not looking for a lengthy trip or fantastic jewelry (sapphire and diamond ring, anyone?), there are plenty of golf packages, wines, restaurant packages, artwork, salon offers, sporting event opportunities, and more.  All just one touch away on your phone.  A tip: charge your phone before you come!  You don’t want to lose out on that night at the Grove Park Inn because your battery died!

The forecast for Saturday could not be more perfect for this party; it should be a beautiful evening.  Along with the usual delicious food, there will be fun music, and an inspiring speaker.  And you’ll have an opportunity to support Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman during the “Raise Your Hands & Hearts” portion of the evening.  You’ll go home well-fed, emotionally fulfilled, and hopefully toting some awesome merchandise!

If I don’t end up with a trip to Vegas or Bermuda, I might have to guilt my husband into bidding on some jewelry.  Just like they say, “Pain is temporary, but diamonds are forever.” (Someone said that, right?  Right?  Well, if they didn’t, they really should have.)

The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party (presented by Keller Williams Luxury Homes International) starts at 6:30pm at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius.  For more information, contact Nancy Cole, Director of Special Events, at 704.335.4312.  Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman is a regional office of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.










Get your smart phones ready!

May 3, 2013

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

regatta logoYour smart phone is going to be your best friend on Saturday night.  In fact, it’s not going to leave your hand all night.  What’s more, it won’t be considered rude for you to look at it every five minutes.  No, that will actually be encouraged!  Why, you wonder?  Why will you be so obsessed with your phone on Saturday night?

Because this year, at the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party, it’s going to win you some amazing stuff.

For the first time ever, you will be able to use smart phone technology to bid on auction items.  When you arrive on Saturday night, you’ll “register” your phone.  You’ll get a very nice text message welcoming you the bidding process and then you’re ready to start!  You can bid by using the text function on your phone (you’ll see how all this works when you get there — it involves entering the item number and your bid), or you can click on a link in that welcoming text message and go to a personal bidding page to make your move.  And don’t worry — if you don’t have a smart phone, there will be a plethora of folks in bright red shirts who will have smart tablets and will be happy to enter a bid for you.

You want the better news?  You can start bidding before the party!  Yep, the site is already set up and the tantalizing merchandise is waiting for your opening bids.  Just go to to see all the auction items available and to read directions for registering your phone.

Of course, we will also have the usual succulent food and enlivening beverages.  And we have a guest speaker lined up who is going to blow you away with her unforgettable story, her outstanding poise, and her inspiring generosity.

All proceeds for the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party benefit Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.  So while you are busy winning that Grove Park Inn package, you are also helping provide exceptional end-of-life care to members of your own community.  I can’t think of a better win-win situation.

So between now and 6:30pm on Saturday, you’ve got two important things to do: check out the items up for grabs online, and more importantly, charge up your phone!!  You need that puppy to be at 100% when you walk in the door.  Do you really want to lose that weekend at the Grove Park Inn because of a battery snafu?  I think not.  As Louis L’Amour said, “Victory is won not in miles but in. . . . battery power”.  Or something like that, right?

The fun starts at 6:30pm at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius.  For more information, contact Nancy Cole, Manager of Special Events, at 704.335.4312.  Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman is a regional office of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.

A future of caring

July 5, 2012

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

We love this kid!

Kids are great, aren’t they?  They’re cute, honest, unassuming, and innocent.  (I know some of you mothers are rolling your eyes right now, and believe me, I’m right there with you when it comes to my two.)  But seriously, all kids have these tiny moments when you can see with crystal clarity the adults that they are going to become.  Moments when you are completely awed by the small human(s) you have created.  And it’s those exact times when you pray with all of your might that they won’t lose those precious characteristics that have started to define them.

I’m fairly certain that Sarah and David Jones understand what I’m talking about.  That’s because their son, Jackson, is the type of kid that you hope never changes.  He’s that ten-year old kid who knows the names of the bus drivers, secretaries, teachers, and janitors at his school.  And he not only knows their names, but he invites them to school plays he’s performing in.  And they come.  Because he’s that kind of kid.

The reason I’m so enamored with Jackson (besides the fact that he is quite adorable) is because, at such a young age, he made a donation to our organization.  He gave $100 from of his personal allowance to the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta.

It took him five months to save up that amount.

Seriously, how can you not be blown away by that?  I know that I certainly am.  (Maybe that’s because I can barely get my kids to give away clothes that don’t even fit them any more.  But that’s a topic for a different day.)  When Jackson found out that hospice had taken care of his grandmother during the last week of her life, he became even more committed to saving the money.  And he did it.  Dime by dime, dollar by dollar.  His father, David, overheard Jackson just the other day asking his mother to make sure that the money had been deducted from his account.

Yep, this is one young man who, as far as I’m concerned, could stay ten years old forever.  His soul is seemingly pure and you hate to think that he could be corrupted in the future by the cynicism that life can bring.  I mean, he’s already more compassionate and giving than some adults.  But then, that would be a selfish wish.  If Jackson has such superb moral qualities now, just imagine the impact he can have on the world as an adult, years from now.  It’s one of those crystal clear moments I was talking about.

The glimpse of Jackson’s future that I see is rewarding and meaningful.  And we are beyond honored that his future of caring has started with us.

Sailing and hospice: more connected than you think

June 8, 2012

by Teresa (Treez) Decker, Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Sailor and Supporter

In 1982, a group of folks in the Annapolis, MD area decided to host a sailing regatta as the focal point of a fundraising event for the local hospice organization.  The event, known as Hospice Cup, is now in its 31st year, and has (to date) provided $6.5M in funding to Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Some of the same sailors who were involved with Hospice Cup in the early years (more specifically, a sailor named Virginia Brown) realized the value of such events—not just in terms of raising funds, but also in raising awareness of hospice and palliative care within the community—and so created an organization whose goal it has been to facilitate the creation and continuation of similar sailing events throughout the United States and parts of Canada.  This organization is called the National Hospice Regatta Alliance.

So, what has this got to do with Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region?  Well, in 2000, HPCCR (then Hospice at Charlotte) became aware of this organization and the concept of “hospice regattas”, as they are called, and decided they wanted to give this new type of fundraiser a try.  They approached the Lake Norman Yacht Club (LNYC) with a proposal to host a regatta, the proceeds of which would benefit Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.  The LNYC board of directors accepted the challenge of a new event, and agreed to take responsibility for the actual regatta, and asked Blair and Margaret Boggs (one or two readers may have heard of them!) to organize it.  HPCCR would complement with the event management piece, and thus was born the now 12-year-old partnership that grows more successful every year.  That first event, held in 2001, netted $4,314, but since then, the event, now combined with the Regatta Party, has raised over $500,000 for Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman!

That’s not the only benefit, though.  Each year, new participants join the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta & Party, and not only get to race, but hear a little bit about hospice and palliative care—some for the first time.  And little by little, we increase awareness of this fundamentally important service.

Now, a little bit about me.  My name is Teresa (“Treez”) Decker, and I’ve been sailing since 1974.  I’ve sailed on Lake Norman since 1985, and have been a member of Lake Norman Yacht Club since 1995.  I was one of those folks who had never heard of hospice care—until 1999, when my father was dying of cancer.  However, I was so moved by the dignity and care afforded my father during the last week of his life that I was immediately in favor of this thing called a “hospice regatta” when we had the first one in 2001.

As often happens, one thing led to another, and then to another.  First, I joined the LNYC board, responsible for racing.  Then, in the same year, I got to crew for our very first hospice regatta champion at the 3rd annual Hospice Regattas National Championship.  That was the first time I represented our regatta at the National Hospice Regatta Alliance members’ meeting.  Within another year, I was co-chairing the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta, then chairing it for several years, and now I’m assisting with it. 

At that first championship, I met the great lady who started the Alliance, Virginia Brown, and one of her ‘cohorts’, fellow Alliance board member Jean Kluttz.  They inspired me to stay involved, and for the next few years, whether I was racing as or for Lake Norman’s champion or just cheering them on, I came to the championship to attend the members’ meeting.  I guess I attended once too often, because in 2008, I was asked to join the NHRA board, which I did in November 2009, as Secretary.  I moved on to Vice-President in 2012.

So, back to raising awareness of hospice and palliative care.  Each year, the organizing committee for the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta sets both fundraising and participation goals for the event.  We try to figure out how to raise more money, but we also try to figure out what will bring more people to the regatta.  We discuss the messages we want to provide to the racers that will help them realize the value of providing funds, but we also want to help them understand the types of services available through hospice care and palliative medicine when they or loved ones are approaching end of life.

It’s about spreading the word.

This weekend, I’ll be sailing in the 12th annual event—and with luck, will once again qualify to represent our regatta at the Hospice Regattas National Championship next spring in St. Petersburg, FL.  I get to help spread the word about a cause which I passionately support, while fulfilling my passion for sailing!  Now, how cool is that?

The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta takes place this weekend, June 8-10.  For more information, please visit the event page on our website or contact Nancy Cole, HPCCR Manager of Special Events.

The perfect Saturday night

April 24, 2012

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

Last year's amazing ice sculpture

If you’ve already got your tickets, you’re one of the lucky ones.

This Saturday, April 28, we are hosting our annual Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party.  But this is the first year in its history that we’re having it on a Saturday.  Looks like it’s a change for the better.  Because tickets got snapped up quicker than Price’s fried chicken on the 4th of July.  (That’s a Charlotte reference, folks.  If you out-of-towners ever make it to our fair city, you must — I repeat — must visit Price’s Chicken Coop). 

Seriously, we are flat sold out of tickets.

With so many people coming to the party, sounds like competition is going to be stiff for the auction items.  Which means that you need to get a head start on your fellow party-goers and do some research on the items up for bid.  As always, we’ve got some great stuff up for grabs. 

So what are you in the mood for?  A trip?  We’ve got everything from a week in the Cayman Islands to one night at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.  What about jewelry?  We’ve got gorgeous pieces from Perry’s at Southpark as well as other local jewelers.  Maybe you’re ready to get serious about your golf game.  We’ve got packages from some of the prettiest courses in the area.  We also have personal chef services, paddleboard lessons (for you adventurous types!), a hammock (for you non-adventurous types), bowling for 20 of your closest friends, and a three-course meal for ten at a great uptown Mexican restaurant.  For all you Tarheels, we’ve got four tickets to the UNC — Maryland game.  And if you’ve ever dreamed of going to Dollywood, you can make it happen on Saturday night with a generous bid. 

Yep, that sounds like a lot, huh?  But that’s not even half of what’s available.  Check out our event page for a more complete listing (which still won’t tell you everything available) or just let yourself be surprised by all the good deals and awesome things to bid on when you get there. 

Auction items notwithstanding, the event is just so much fun.  The dinner buffet is rather fabulous, the music is a blast, and our emcee, WSOC’s Blair Miller, will entertain you all night.  Plus, the proceeds will benefit Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman, a very worthy cause in my humble opinion.  You’ll watch the sun set over the golf course, feast on succulent food, and nicely chat up your best friends while, behind their backs, you viciously outbid them for the groovy auction items.  Who could ask more of a Saturday night??

Me, I’ll be bidding for that hammock.  Because if last year’s Regatta Party is any indication, I’m going to need to put my feet up after all the fun.  And I’ll let you adventurous types fight it out for the paddleboard lessons.  Or Dollywood.

The fun starts at 6:30pm at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius.  For more information, contact Nancy Cole, Manager of Special Events, at 704.335.4312.  Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman is a regional office of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.