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AMVETS Auxiliaries Rock it for Hospice

Perry AMVETS Post 1971 Auxiliary, with assistance from Mentor-on-the-Lake Post #109 Auxiliary, had been raising funds for Hospice of the Western Reserve for 13 year with annual Rock-a-thons. Members would sit in rocking chairs at the post homes and other locations and collect donations from pedestrians and motorists.

“The 20Th District adopted the Rock-a-Thorn two years ago when my auxiliary voted to discontinue it,” said Gertie Rorabaugh, president of Post #1971 Auxiliary. “The 20Th District includes Mentor #40, Maple Heights #80, Mentor-on-the-Lake #109, Perry #1971 and Richfield #176.”

As of this, its 15th year, AMVETS auxiliaries have raised more than $46,000 for Hospice of the Western Reserve with rock-a-thons and extra donations.

The Rock-a-thon was held Sept. 24, 2011. A check was presented Oct. 16 by 20th District President Sue Bolmeyer to Bill Sluzewski, a development officer of Hospice of the Western Reserve, in the amount of $2,026.31, with some additional funds expected.

Rorabaugh noted they only collected $1,800 last year, so this was an improvement.

“I’m here to thank the folks of District 20 and Post 1971, the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, for their wonderful work,” Sluzewski said, adding Hospice also promoted the event. “As part of that, about two years ago, I started working on a program two years ago, called Hospice Heroes, which is our new, third-party fund-raising group. One of my inspirations for putting this together was coming out here last year (to see the Rock-a-thon).

He said it was amazing to see so many people dedicated to helping Hospice year after year.

The monies raised also help to support the Hospice Peaceful and Proud Program, which allows it to take care of veterans and do honorary pinnings.

“Hospice of the Western Reserve is the largest nonprofit hospice in Northeast Ohio; we serve about 1,200 patients per day,” Sluzewski said. “Our goal is to provide excellent care to anyone regardless of age, disease or ability to pay.”

Hospice offers in-home care, alternative home care and has two long-term assisted care facilities: one on East 185th St. in Cleveland and a second one will open in 2012 in Westlake.

The reason fundraisers for Hospice, such as the Rock-a-thon, are so important is because they allow Hospice to keep offering services to people who cannot afford to pay.

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