Luau for Hospice has fire, food and fun

Broomes Island, MD -
 For at least one evening, Broomes Island became the ninth major island of Hawaii. Stoney’s Broome Island, with its spectacular view of the lower Patuxent River, was the venue for the Fourth annual Luau for Calvert Hospice Thursday, Aug. 11. The event drew a sizable crowd, who sampled and savored everything from Hawaiian tacos and raw oysters to roasted Kahlua pork.

“This event is all about being together and enjoying great food, great people and helping a great cause,Calvert Hospice,” said Jean Fleming, the agency’s executive director.

The proceeds from the luau are used to for the continued operation of the Burnett Calvert Hospice House.

After the event got underway, Jerry and Joy Cozzens of Prince Frederick presented Calvert Hospice with a check for $8,730. The couple held a fundraiser last month featuring the Eagles tribute band, Long Run. It was the second year in a row the Cozzens booked the band, which was in the area for their annual appearance at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa.

Calvert Hospice Director of Development Claire Piason told The BayNet the Cozzens didn’t charge an admission fee but received numerous free-will donations from attendees to the band’s performance.

Jerry Cozzens told the gathering that some of his family members have been helped by hospice in recent years. 

For the fourth year in a row, the band NightLife entertained the luauteurs with a variety of dance music. This year’s event even featured authentic Hawaiian entertainment—hula dancers and a fire show.

Fire played a role in a segment of the event which literally never got off the ground. Organizers scrubbed the much-anticipated sky lantern launch due to the breezy conditions. The lanterns—which are made of paper--are powered by fire-fueled hot air and the inability to get the lanterns to take flight appeared to pose a fire risk, especially to some of the boats docked at Stoney’s.

The event included a silent auction with over 40 donated items up for bids. Items were donated by several local businesses, individuals and artists.

The food was prepared and served by Maryland Country Caterers.

Sponsors for the Fourth annual Luau for Calvert Hospice were 2016 Hospice Partner Medart Galleries, Kelly Generator, Stoney’s Broomes Island, Maryland Country Caterers, Beth Graeme Photography, M & T Bank, Quality Built Homes, TitleMax LLC, Floor Systems, Gentle Family Dentistry, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, PNC Bank, Lamson, LeBlanc and Carmean; Bonnie Augustino of ReMax 100, Maryland Trust, Title & Escrow; REMAX/One, Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill and The John Hall Law Group.

For more information on Calvert Hospice, visit their web site

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