Hundreds Help Merrimack Valley Hospice Fundraiser Reach Record-setting Success


Lawrence, MA – October 17, 2014 – Three hundred and fifty guests had fun “Along the Boardwalk” at this year’s annual Food, Wine, and Beer Pairing and Silent Auction to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice. On September 25, the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown was transformed with games and fun from the classic boardwalks of yesteryear, while guests enjoyed old-time games like skee-ball, the duck-pond, and ring toss; had their fortune’s told; and walked home with more than 100 unique auction packages donated by local businesses and supporters. Raising $125,000 this year, the signature fundraiser benefits patients and their families receiving hospice care and bereavement services in the 110 towns served by Merrimack Valley Hospice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and York, Maine.

Ensuring the event’s success was Pentucket Bank, the Premier Sponsor. Additional lead support was from the Fazioli Charitable Foundation as Chateau Sponsor.

“This event grows each year in terms of the fun our guests seem to enjoy and the funds that are raised for Merrimack Valley Hospice,” remarked John Albert, President and CEO of Merrimack Valley Hospice and the agencies of Home Health Foundation. “It’s truly an honor to see that the evening brings together so many people who have been touched by our hospice care in some way and understand that the funds raised stay here in the community they live in, work in and care about.”

An ever-popular event, people are already anticipating the theme for the 2015 Food, Wine and Beer Pairing, scheduled for September 24, 2015.

In addition to the Premier Sponsor, Pentucket Bank, and Chateau Sponsor, Fazioli Family Charitable Foundation, this year’s Food, Wine and Beer Pairing received strong support my local sponsors including:


Grand Cru Sponsor:

TD Bank


Reserve Sponsors:

Byram Healthcare
Coram Specialty Infusion Services
Eastern Bank
Fred C. Church Insurance
Trinity EMS


Champagne Sponsors:

Enterprise Bank
Fidelity Investments
Haverhill Bank
H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home,
Holy Family Hospital
Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley
Home Care Specialists
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
Lawrence General Hospital
Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services
Merrimack Valley Magazine
Parker Hannifin Corp.
Pest-End Inc.
Rogers Spring Hill Farm
Senior Whole Health
Thinking Phone Networks


Sommelier Sponsors:

Align Credit Union, Atlantic Charter Insurance, Haverhill Kiwanis, Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, Lowell Five, Pentucket Medical Associates, Pridestar EMS, Red Mill Graphics, Marcia and Dale Rogers, and The Savings Bank.


Connoisseur Sponsors:

Anna Jaques Hospital, Arrow Paper, Atwood Memorial, Bioscrip, D’Youville Life and Wellness Community, Mr. Joseph Dolfe, Genesis Healthcare, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Jackson Lumber, Nichols Village, North Shore Bank and Penacook Place.



About Merrimack Valley Hospice

Merrimack Valley Hospice has been providing end-of-life care in our community for more than 35 years, and is one of the most respected not-for-profit hospices in the region.

Merrimack Valley Hospice House, a unique and vital component of Merrimack Valley Hospice’s continuum of care since 2009, is an acute care facility providing exceptional palliative and end-of-life care in a comfortable, home-like setting.

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