About Friends of Hospice

Our Story

Friends of Hospice started in 1981 when Pat Chargin, retired nurse and early Hospice of the Foothills board member, recognized the need to raise funds in support of the Hospice of the Foothills, then itself an all-volunteer organization. With the relocation of Hospice of the Foothills to Grass Valley came the realization that the early vision for care and support of patients and families could not be sustained by volunteers and incidental hand-outs alone. Pat witnessed the groups struggling for survival. Recognizing the need for intensive fund raising, Pat took action by placing an ad in the local paper and mailing out a plea for participation in a fund raising auxiliary to all of her friends.

In 1981, the result of her efforts was the formation of Friends of Hospice, the fund raising auxiliary for Hospice of the Foothills. The first regular meeting was held in 1982 and the formation of the first event “Breakfast in the Park” was organized and put on in 1983. As the organization grew more events could be supported. Tree of Love was first held in 1988 and continues today as two events Tree of Love and Celebration of Life. Pennies for Hospice was launched in 1990 followed by “Jail and Bail”, Arts and Flowers in 1992, Caring Friends in 1992, and Caring Bears in 1993. Our first newsletter was published in 1995. Butterfly Gardens was added in 2001. Heroes for Hospice and Pave the Way were introduced in 2008. A few very special one-time events raised funds to help build and furnish the new Hospice of the Foothill building. In 2004, 2006 and 2009 Galas were held and 2010 Side by Side Concert. Many of these events have become community traditions.

We are proud to say that several of our current members are part of the original group that founded Friends.

Learn more about our events and how to get involved.

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