Hats for Hospice Preakness Party is Saturday

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Thursday is the last official day to sign up for the fourth-annual Hats for Hospice Preakness Party, to be held Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Salisbury riverfront home of Mimi and Greg Langeler

The event is the signature event raising funds for charity care at Coastal Hospice.

The need is profound and growing. Last fiscal year, Coastal Hospice provided over $500,000 in charity care to patients on the Lower Shore who did not have the resources to pay.

No one who needs hospice services is ever denied care by Coastal Hospice.

Reservations are $75 per person and can be made at CoastalHospice.org or by calling 410-742-8732.

The event features a live Preakness broadcast on a big screen, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Chef David Easton of Jade, plus race-day drinks including mint juleps, black-eyed susans, beer and wine. The Haymans will entertain with music.

This year’s Charter Society Anchor Award recipient is board member and secretary Diana Barber, who has chaired the Hats for Hospice event for the past three years. Barber also serves on the Coastal Hospice Development Committee and has supported Coastal Hospice for more than 10 years.

A Hats for Hospice hat decorating contest sponsored by Vernon Powell is a new feature for 2015. Hats embellished by talented local designers have been on display since May 4 at Vernon Powell Shoes on Naylor Mill Road in Salisbury.

The Hats for Hospice committee members are Nancy Hall, Alan Merritt-Hyle, Barbara Long, Kathleen Abercrombie, Mimi Langeler, Melanie Stefursky, Nancie Booth, Jenna Bowne and Gayle Widdowson.

Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.

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