$100K gift gives lift to Hospice

MARTINSBURG – Thanks to another $100,000 gift from a local insurance company, Hospice of the Panhandle now has exceeded its goal of raising $3 million to break ground on a new inpatient facility.

Board members with Farmers and Mechanics Insurance Companies late last week announced that the business would match the $100,000 donation it made to the agency in 2010.

“We just recognize how important this project is, and we saw how close Hospice was to its groundbreaking goal, and we wanted to make it happen,” said F&M Board President J. Wayne Lancaster.

A reception recognizing the latest $100,000 gift by Farmers and Mechanics Insurance to Hospice of the Panhandle include, from left, Hospice Board chairman the Rev. G.T. Schramm, F&M board member and Hospice campaign volunteer Lee Snyder, F&M employee and Hospice volunteer Vickie Elliott, F&M Board chairman J. Wayne Lancaster, F&M board member and Hospice volunteer Vicki Fulk, retired F&M CEO Dennis McCormick, Hospice CEO Margaret Cogswell and F&M CEO Foster Sirbaugh.

Several members of the F&M board are involved with Hospice, working as campaign volunteers for the “Building the Dream” campaign.

“It has been such a privilege and honor to work on this Board,” said Vicki Fulk, who is a member of the F&M Board and the Hospice campaign team. “I am so proud to have been a part of this. Every one of us has been touched by Hospice in some way. This was simply the right thing to do.”

Hospice next will get contractors’ bids and in June host a groundbreaking at the new site, on old W.Va. 9, at the Berkeley/Jefferson county line. The community phase of the campaign will be launched at groundbreaking.

“I really can’t say enough about the level of support that we have received from Farmers and Mechanics,” said Margaret Cogswell, Hospital of the Panhandle’s CEO. “They understand that this project will have tremendous implications for the way we provide end-of-life care for many years to come.”

Vickie Elliott, administrative assistant at F&M, has been volunteering with Hospice for more than 10 years, and has been an instrumental member of the Berkeley County “Building the Dream” team.

“This is such a blessing,” Elliott said. “I am truly proud to be a part of F&M. I think the gifts that have been made show that the staff of Hospice has so much to be proud of for the great job they do and the care and support they provide for their patients.”

For more information about Hospice, contact development director Maria Lorensen at 304-267-1870, Ext. 205, or mlorensen@hospicetop.org.

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