Letter to the Editor By "Jean Fleming"

Jean Fleming
Festival of Wreaths
Prince Frederick, MD – Thank you from Calvert Hospice! The day was all about fun, wreaths, crafts, Santa, music, raffles, food. . . .and did we mention wreaths? Calvert Hospice just held the Second Annual Festival of Wreaths -- a community event that helped kick off the holidays and made everyone smile! This year we held the Festival at Calvert High School and the atrium was a magnificent backdrop for the over 80 wreaths we displayed and sold that day. Because of the incredible support of so many, we raised over $14,500 to benefit our Burnett Calvert Hospice House and the patients who reside there. We hope all of those who contributed their time, talents and resources know what a difference their generosity made, not only in making the Festival a day to remember, but also in our ability to continue to provide our services throughout Calvert County. Our sincere thanks go to our Calvert Hospice Partners, who provide sustained support throughout the year: Dominion Energy, Kelly Generator & Equipment Inc., Medart Galleries, and Floor Systems. We are also incredibly grateful to our Sponsors for their commitment to this event: PNC, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Rene Cunningham & Gerald Van De Veldt, Exelon Generation - Calvert Cliffs, Carrie Polk Insurance, Inc., Calvert Crabs, Jan Kleponis of O'Brien Realty, Thomas L. Hance, Inc., Lee Funeral Homes, Kathryn Marsh, Andrew Rappaport, The Paint Booth Guy, Quality Built Homes, Calvert Beacon, Delaney & Keffler, Pennysaver Trends, Calvert Commercial Real Estate, Advanced Trouble Shooters, and Calvert Internal Medicine Group. And for our ‘Wreath Raffle’, a new feature this year, we are pleased to say thank you to our Contributors: Running Hare Vineyard, Island Hideaway, Best Pet Services, Salsarita's, Brick Wood Fired Bistro, Heritage 485, Early Bird Home Services, Maertens Jewelry & Fine Gifts, Outback Steakhouse, Smoothie King, Pizza Oven, Walmart, Westlawn Inn, and Elaine & Edward Reilly. Of course we couldn’t have a Festival without all the fabulous artists and crafters who created and donated their beautiful wreaths. They were stunning! And we look forward to having them back again next year, along with new contributors – we had several individuals who made their first wreaths ever this year and they were amazing! We’d also like to give special recognition and thanks to the Huntingtown United Methodist Praise Band and Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir, whose musical performances added just the right touch of warmth and joy to the day. Both groups have already become a requested tradition! Finally, to recognize all the behind-the-scenes people who were essential to attending to the details that make or break an event, our Special Thanks go to Bonnie Barrett, Sherry Gleeson, Rich Fleming, Toni Healey, Donna Wilson, Matt and Carmen Gambrill, Bill Miller, John Brady and family, Prince Frederick Fire Department, , Calvert High School, and Calvert Hospice Staff & Volunteers. Everyone was amazingly generous, flexible, and fun to be with! We will have served over 350 patients and their families this year and feel privileged to have been able to do so. We are able to do this important work because we live and work in a community where our neighbors are incredibly generous and supportive of our mission – “To enrich the quality of the lives we touch with expert and compassionate care.” Thank you for being here for us, so that we will always be here for you. Jean E. Fleming, Executive Director Claire Piason, Director of Development