Hospice honors those who help make a difference

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Banquet, April 19


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  • Robert A. Vandenbergh Photos provided




  • Beth Sylvester




  • Michele Leinaweaver




  • Eunice A. Howley




  • Randy Burke




— In 1980 Julia and Joseph Quinlan founded Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in loving memory of their daughter. April 15, 2018 will mark the 38th year as the preeminent hospice for Sussex, Warren and Pike counties. As the only local, non-profit hospice the mission of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has remained strong and supported by many to ensure the best possible care is extended to patients and their family members in need of hospice support.

To recognize the efforts of those individuals whose work has advanced the cause of hospice, the organization will present a Hospice Honors Banquet to be hosted on Thursday, April 19 at Bear Brook Valley in Fredon, NJ at 6:00 p.m. Presenting sponsor, Lakeland Bank, invites guests to enjoy this special evening that will commemorate the honorees commitment and selfless dedication to decades of hospice support. Additional sponsorship support has been provided by Regional Cancer Care Associates, Cecelia T. Clayton, MPH, Contral Security Corporation, Smith-McCracken & Wood Funeral Homes, Sparta Chapter of UNICO National. The evening’s festivities will include: premium open bar/cocktail hour, dinner, award presentations, music provided by RC Mixers Entertainment and a captivating silent auction. New for 2018, the hospice has opened bidding on the silent auction items that will be featured at the event on April 19. You are invited to take a sneak peek, to get your bids in or to purchase the items that you really want. We will be auctioning off many fun and unique items that have been generously donated from businesses and individuals in the community. Please visit: www.karenannquinlanhospice.org/events/Honors.

Since the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice opened their doors to the community, the personal connection between the organization and the area residents has been the cornerstone of its growth and development. From the famous court battle and landmark decision that opened the Quinlans’ eyes to the need for end-of-life care for patients and families; to the creation of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice; to the staff and volunteers who work diligently to help so many; to the community business leaders that reach out to the organization to help their mission. For these people, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice proudly announces the 2018 Hospice Honors recipients:

Ambassador Award: Robert A. Vandenbergh, Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Bank, Retired

Excellence in Leadership Award: Beth Sylvester, RN, BSN, CHPN, CALA, Resident Administrator, Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice

Excellence in Care Award: Michele Leinaweaver, RN, Hospice Nurse, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice

Heart of Hospice Award: Eunice A. Howley, BA, MS, Hospice Volunteer, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice

Spirit of Hospice Award: Randy Burke, Burke’s Wine & Liquor

“This memorable evening is designed to highlight where we are now and to honor the people who have helped us get there,” noted John Quinlan, Director of Foundation for Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. For more information about the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Honors Banquet, please reach out to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice at 973-383-0115.

The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and bereavement counseling for those who have lost loved ones. Serving Sussex and Warren Counties NJ and Northeast PA; please call 800-882-1117 to reach any of our services at either office; Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and proud to be the preferred hospice provider for Newton Medical Center and area Atlantic Health Care System. The award-winning Home for Hospice is located in Fredon, NJ. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center recently opened their doors to a permanent home at 5 Plains Rd. in Augusta with satellite offices in Pike and Warren Counties. For hospice programs, events, and more information visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org or Facebook.com/KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.org.







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