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Caldwell Hospice Volunteers Honored At Annual Banquet

LENOIR, NC (May 1, 2019) — Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care recently honored its volunteers with a “Volunteers are Eggstravagant”-themed banquet at The Jack & Shirley Robbins Center in Hudson. Approximately 200 people attended the annual appreciation event, which included dinner, entertainment by Blackberry Jam and a recognition ceremony.

(front row, l to r) Linda Summerlin (5 yrs), Anne Martin (5 yrs), Sudie Hicks (10yrs), Jim Crawford (10 yrs); (back row, l to r) Ruth Kincaid (10 yrs), Linda Lewis (10yrs), Nina Smith(10 yrs), Gladys Ferguson (15 yrs),Peg Broyhill (35 yrs), Marti Kardol (20 yrs), Kim Hash (5 yrs),and Debbie Graham (5 yrs). The following volunteers are not pictured: Betty Brown (35 yrs); Marlene Alexander, Gloria Reese, Sadie Woods (20 yrs); Shirley Brinkley, Joanne Triplette, Rev. Dn. Melissa Eggers (15 yrs); Bud Faw (10 yrs); and Greg Erickson, Gail Hall, Paul Hart, Joan Hearn, Gayle Norris, Jeffrey Norris, Robyn Seamon, Carol Stone, Jennifer Triplett, Steve Triplett, Zan Valliant (5 yrs).

A number of volunteers were recognized for years of service to Caldwell Hospice, including six long-time supporters who together have given a combined 150 years of service to the organization. Betty Brown and Peg Broyhill were both recognized for 35 years of service; and Marlene Alexander, Marti Kardol, Gloria Reese, and Sadie Woods for 20 years of service each.

Caldwell Hospice volunteers contributed 10,633 hours of service during the 2017-18 fiscal year, accepted 268 patient and family assignments, and presented 58 Veterans Honoring Veterans ceremonies. 

“Our volunteers offered many other kindnesses that aren’t captured in a report and can’t be quantified. We are so grateful to all the volunteers who work tirelessly for our patients and families all year long,” said Volunteer Coordinator Cyndi Akins. “We could not provide the level of service that we do without them.”

More than 275 volunteers (including adults and volunTEENs) assist with clerical duties, patient-and-family visits, special projects, yard work, or whatever is asked of them. For information or to register for Caldwell Hospice’s next adult volunteer training sessions, scheduled for June 17 and 19, call 828.754.0101 or email