Hospice of Westchester “In Celebration” Gala Cocktail Reception a Wonderful Success

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Proceeds from the 17th annual event benefit the organization’s caregiver and complementary care programs

Hospice of Westchester “In Celebration” Gala sponsors, co-chairmen and honorees.

In Celebration gives us the opportunity to recognize our deserving honorees and honor them for their steadfast and ongoing support of our organization.

Hospice of Westchester (HOW) recently hosted its 17th annual “In Celebration” Gala Cocktail Reception on Thursday, September 27, at the Westchester Country Club in Rye. The event honored Joan and Michael Ciaramella, proprietors, Polchinski Memorials Inc., and Michael J. Palumbo, M.D., chief medical officer and executive vice president, White Plains Hospital, for their dedicated support of the organization and its mission.

“In Celebration” featured live entertainment, culinary delights and a fabulous cocktail bar, and raised thousands of dollars for the HOW Anna & Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and Complementary Care Programs, which provide alternative therapies to those receiving hospice care. The therapies, such as music therapy, art therapy, reflexology and massage therapy, help to alleviate pain, stress and anxiety, and are available to HOW patients free of charge.

“This year’s ‘In Celebration’ event was a huge success,” said Mary K. Spengler, M.S., chief executive officer, HOW. “It gives us the opportunity to recognize our deserving honorees and honor them for their steadfast and ongoing support of our organization.”

In addition to being honored, Joan and Michael Ciaramella and Michael J. Palumbo, M.D., received proclamations from Westchester County Executive George Latimer for their community contributions and active participation in HOW development efforts.

This year’s event co-chairs included William F. Flooks Jr., James P. O’Toole and Mary Gibbons Gardiner. The following individuals/organizations sponsored the evening: Rochelle and Jesse Shereff; Grassy Sprain Pharmacy; Barbara and Paul T. Khoury, M.D.; White Plains Hospital; Beecher Flooks Funeral Home; Brown, Gaujean, Kraus, Sastow PLLC; The Blue Sandstone Group at Morgan Stanley; The Hildegarde D. Becher Foundation Inc.; PKF O’Connor Davies LLP; and VNS Westchester.

About Hospice of Westchester
Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, N.Y. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call 914-682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.

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