EvergreenHealth Foundation Hosts Successful Seasons of Hope Fundraising Luncheon for Hospice and Palliative Care Programs - Archived

Kirkland, Wash. –This month the EvergreenHealth Foundation hosted its eighth annual Seasons of Hope Fundraising Luncheon, bringing together 350 community members to celebrate EvergreenHealth’s renowned Hospice and Palliative Care programs. With remarks from an internationally recognized expert, personal narratives, awards and more, the ceremony commemorated the importance of hospice care in our community.

The event, held at the Lynnwood Convention Center on Nov. 10, 2016, raised more than $117,000, which will help fund uncompensated care for clients and complementary therapies for patients and families which include music thanatology, music therapy, pet therapy, massage, Rieki, and Qigong, among other things.

“Every year, we are honored and gratified by the generosity of our community – and this year’s Seasons of Hope Fundraising Luncheon was no exception,” said Bob Malte, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “Their support is essential to the continued growth and exceptional work of our Hospice and Palliative Care programs.”

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of EvergreenHealth’s Gene and Irene Wockner Hospice Center, the ceremony’s program celebrated the invaluable role of hospice care in helping individuals and families. Keynote speaker Richard Groves spoke on “celebrating hope,” providing attendees with creative ways to respect and cherish their loved ones with the power of ritual to bring comfort and healing. Groves is a widely respected teacher, chaplain, counselor and co-founder of the Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend, Ore.

Special guest speaker Kelly Davies honored her father Mike Davies, who passed away last year in the care of EvergreenHealth’s Gene and Irene Wockner Hospice Care Center. She discussed with the audience how, through bonding with the other families in her wing and knowing that the center had afforded her father comfort and peace in his final days, she found solace and joy in a difficult time.

EvergreenHealth also presented the Founders Award to Karl, Sue and Karen Snepp, for their generous and committed support of the hospice care program over many years, including a naming gift in the 25th Anniversary Campaign. Dedicated to the memory of their son and brother Dave, who passed away from cancer 28 years ago in the care of EvergreenHealth, the Snepp family has also established an endowment for staff development, and to ensure that all EvergreenHealth patients receive the same warm, compassionate care.

“Since its inception, the Snepp family has played an indispensable role in the Seasons of Hope Fundraising Luncheon,” said Kae Peterson, executive director of EvergreenHealth Foundation. “From the endowment they have established, to their naming gift in the Gene and Irene Wockner 25th Anniversary Campaign, the Snepp family has made a tangible difference for EvergreenHealth Hospice and the families we serve.”

The EvergreenHealth Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising financial support for the greatest needs of EvergreenHealth Medical Center. Organizers gave special thanks to EvergreenHealth staff and volunteers, table captains, Remembrance table captains, and attendees and contributors who made the luncheon a success.

Next year’s Seasons of Hope Fundraising Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

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About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its seventh designation (2009-2012, and 2014-2016) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, placing it among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance; and was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength.

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