2013 National Hospice Foundation Gala


The 2013 National Hospice Foundation Gala held on April 26, 2013 was a great success!  More than 500 guests celebrated at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, as part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 28th Management and Leadership Conference. 

Thank you to our sponsors.  We are deeply grateful for all of your support!  Please see a full listing of sponsors and photos here.

The Mistress of Ceremonies was Emmy Award winning ABC7/WJLA-TV reporter and anchor, Greta Kreuz. During her extensive career, Greta has interviewed many prominent newsmakers, among them Jimmy Carter, Elizabeth Edwards, Desmond Tutu and Princess Diana. She has covered major stories such as 9-11 and the death of Pope John Paul the Second in Rome.

The invocation was given by Dr. Bernice Catherine Harper, Founding Chair of the FHSSA Board of Directors, a true humanitarian, and the 2012 winner of the Global Vision Award.

During the program, NHF announced the next phase of giving opportunities in support of the Capital Campaign, The Tribute Tile Project. NHF also honored the leaders, hospice and palliative care providers, individual professionals, caregivers and champions who provide extraordinary care for children and their families. An appeal was made to fund the future of the Mary J. Labyak Center for Children, where the Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services (ChiPPS) has already made many strides through their 15 years of work. 

During the evening, three awards were given:

Torrey DeVitto, actress, advocate and hospice volunteer – also NHPCO’s very first Hospice Ambassador, received the Buchwald Spirit Award for Public Awareness, in recognition of her efforts to bring more attention to hospice care and volunteerism, particularly among young people where she has an enthusiastic fan base. Through her efforts, she is helping change the perception of hospice in a positive way.

Stuart Lazarus, founder of the NHF Run to Remember program, received the Philanthropic Inspiration Award, in recognition of his inexhaustible energy towards increasing philanthropy and awareness of hospice through Run to Remember. This athletic fundraising program gives participants an opportunity to celebrate and honor the memory of their loved ones while raising funds for NHF and a local US or African hospice provider.

Ellen Goodman, Co-founder and Director of The Conversation Project, received the Morfogen Art of Caring Award, in recognition of her contribution to inspire and increase awareness of end-of-life care through the powerful art of storytelling.  The goal of The Conversation Project is to make it easier to initiate conversations about dying, and to encourage people to talk now and as often as necessary so that their wishes are known when the time comes.

The evening also included fabulous entertainment and dancing, a live and silent auction and dessert reception. 

The 2014 National Hospice Foundation Gala will be held on March 28, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, in conjunction with NHPCO’s 29th Management and Leadership Conference.  To see how you can get involved, please contact Joy Nguyen.