Shepherdstown resident Henry Willard, a longtime supporter of Hospice of the Panhandle made his second $100,000 gift to the agency's "Building the Dream" campaign at a special 'sneak peak' reception on April 9 before Hospice's ribbon-cutting and dedication.
"I have always been a big proponent of Hospice care and what Hospice of the Panhandle does in the community," Willard said at the April 9 reception. "I am very happy to support Hospice and make this donation in memory of my late wife. These buildings are absolutely beautiful."
Willard's late wife, Louise Brooks Willard, was a member of Hospice of the Panhandle's Board of Directors from 1997-2003.
Henry and Louise Willard made their first $100,000 gift to the campaign in July 2010. At the time, Louise Willard told Hospice officials how much she appreciated the compassionate care that her mother received at the end of her life.
"I know how supportive Louise was of Hospice, and know she would be happy with our family making the gift in her name," Henry Willard said.
Hospice of the Panhandle's Board of Directors meeting room will be named in Louise Brooks Willard's name.
"We are so pleased with the Willards' support," said current Board chair and campaign chair GT Schramm. Schramm, the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown, is Willard's pastor. "Henry is a remarkable philanthropist, and we are so happy to be able to name the Board room and remember Louise in this special way."
Hospice CEO Margaret Cogswell said she is not only grateful for the gift, but for a way to recall Louise Willard's service.
"She was a lovely and special person who really had a heart for the work that we do here," Cogswell said.
Hospice opened its 14-bed inpatient facility and offices in March 2014. The Board and staff welcomed hundreds of area Hospice supporters to its 17-acre campus on the Berkeley-Jefferson County line today.