Twenty five years ago I started helping with fundraising events for Hospice Services of Howard County. I’ve watched as the organization has grown and continued to provide excellent care to our families dealing with end of life challenges. Our fundraising efforts continue to provide these valuable services regardless of someone’s ability to pay.
In 1997, we merged with Hospice of Baltimore, it brought two partners together who had the same philosophy of providing a high standard of quality care and compassion to our families. Hospice of Baltimore also had it’s own acute inpatient facility, Gilchrist Center, located in Towson. This added a much needed component in the overall care we were able to provide to our families.
In time, the need for an inpatient facility in Howard County has grown. The organization, known as Gilchrist Hospice Care since 2008, opened Gilchrist Center Howard County located off of Cedar Lane in Columbia. We celebrated the opening on May 23, 2011 and have since served over 130 families most who live in Howard County.
I’m happy and excited to say that as of May I have joined the team of Gilchrist Hospice Care to continue to raise funds in Howard County to help with the operation of this new facility. We currently have a 2.5 million dollar fund raising campaign to pay for one time construction costs and to provide ongoing capital to offset unreimbursed expenses related to the operation of Gilchrist Center Howard County.
On Sunday, October 23rd from 5 – 9 PM we will have our major fundraiser at Turf Valley “The 26th Annual Taste & Auction of Howard County.” Twenty five of Howard County restaurants and caterers will bring examples of their specialties for guests to savor. The silent and live auction’s have a lot of great items that are listed on our website. All of the money raised at this event will support the Gilchrist Center Howard County.
Come Savor, Celebrate & Support !