DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Pine Tree Hospice will celebrate its 25th year of providing compassionate care by offering a free catered barbecue buffet, live jazz and a silent auction to its volunteers, families, contributors and the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, on Mayo Regional Hospital’s lawn.
People may drop in at any time during the family-oriented event. At 6 p.m., event chairwomen Linda Howard and Barb Austin will pay tribute to those who formed the organization in 1985, including Dr. Lesley Fernow, the Rev. Ken Dale, Ethel Ayres and Kathy Malatesta.
Pine Tree Hospice is one of about 70 volunteer hospice programs in the country. Volunteers can fill the gaps that exist when someone faces the end of their life in the client’s home, in nursing homes and in hospitals. Because its mission is to serve people who have a life-limiting illness, the hospice may have clients for years rather than months.
This past year, more than 90 trained hospice volunteers provided hundreds of hours of companionship, respite care for caregivers, transportation to appointments, shopping, meal preparation, medication delivery, education and light housekeeping.
The hospice also provides support to clients’ families, as well as to children who have suffered a loss through its program Evergreen: The Pine Tree Hospice Center for Grieving Children and Adults.
In addition to the meal and music, more than 30 items will be auctioned off through a sealed bid process. Some of the auction items are on display at Mr. Paperback in Dover-Foxcroft. Bidders need not be present to win and bids may be submitted before July 15.
Donations from several individuals and sponsorships from Community Health and Counseling
Services and Shaws-Osco in Dover-Fxocroft are covering the evening’s expenses.
For information on Pine Tree Hospice, visit www.pinetreehospice.org.