Debra Ward Sparre Named Chair of The Art of Caring Event to Benefit The Hickman

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The 5th Annual The Art of Caring fundraising event to benefit The Hickman expansion will be held on Friday, October 10th in West Chester, PA and will be chaired by Debra Ward Sparre. The Hickman is an independent and assisted living community that has been serving older adults of all races and faiths since 1891, with a focus on providing affordable housing in the Borough of West Chester, PA.

The 2008 Art of Caring marks the fifth anniversary of this unique event, and I am happy to be a part of it

The 5th Annual The Art of Caring fundraising event to benefit The Hickman expansion will be held on Friday, October 10th in West Chester, PA and will be chaired by Debra Ward Sparre. The Hickman is an independent and assisted living community that has been serving older adults of all races and faiths since 1891, with a focus on providing affordable housing in the Borough of West Chester, PA.

EDITORS: The following information is for immediate release. You are also invited to cover the event. If you have any questions, contact Pamela Costanzi, Senior Development Director of The Hickman, at (484)760-6416.

Debra Ward Sparre named chair
of The Art of Caring event
to benefit The Hickman

WEST CHESTER _ Debra Ward Sparre has been named chair of The Art of Caring event. The annual fundraising evening benefits The Hickman expansion project.

"The 2008 Art of Caring marks the fifth anniversary of this unique event, and I am happy to be a part of it," Sparre said. "The first four years were very successful, and I hope to make the fifth year even more so."

The Art of Caring will be held on Friday, October 10, 2008, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each year, renowned regional artists paint furniture to be auctioned at the event. This year the featured item will be an end table with drop leaf. The fundraising auction and gala event will be held at The Hickman, 400 North Walnut Street, West Chester.

The featured artists this year are Laura Barton, Tracy McCloskey, Evalyn Eckman, David Linton, Michael McNelly, TM Samuel, Don Shoffner, Jim Simmons, Super, Dane Tilghman, Nancy Thompson and Betsy Zukin.

The Hickman is in the midst of a major expansion project and proceeds from The Art of Caring will go to that expansion project. For more information on The Art of Caring see http://www.theartofcaring.org.

"It is particularly exciting to take on this project now, as the Hickman moves forward with its acquisition of the Hazlett building next door. All of those who work on, and contribute to this event hope to see our efforts transformed into brick-and-mortar within the next couple of years. The support from the surrounding neighborhood, the local banks, law firms and businesses that sponsor the event along with the Quaker community has been tremendous. We are focused on helping The Hickman fulfill its mission to provide caring and affordable housing for seniors," she said.

Sparre was born in Coatesville and raised in West Grove. She has lived in a number of places within the county but prefers not to stray too far from the Brandywine River. She lives in the Lenape area with her husband, Rob. Her daughters attend Wilmington Friends School and Gettysburg College.

Debra Ward Sparre holds an MA in Sociology & Social Research from Johns Hopkins University and is a Realtor with Prudential Fox & Roach. Sparre is active in the following organizations: the Chester County Historical Society, Birmingham Friends Meeting, and The Hickman. She is on the Board of Directors of the Women's Referral Network of Chester County, and is currently President of the West Chester Civic
Association.

The Hickman, founded in 1891, is a non-profit community serving older people of all races and faiths. The Hickman's admissions policy and mission ensures that it serves women and men with moderately to severely limited incomes. For more information on The Hickman, see http://www.thehickman.org or call 484.760.6300.

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