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Couple gives $100K to Hospice campaign

By Staff | Jul 16, 2010

From left, Hospice of the Panhandle Development Director Maria Lorensen, board President/Campaign Chairman GT Schramm, Henry and Louise Willard, and Hospice CEO Margaret Cogswell.

Longtime Jefferson County residents Henry and Louise Willard recently made a $100,000 gift the largest by individuals – to Hospice of the Panhandle’s “Building the Dream” capital campaign.

The gift is being made in honor of Louise Brooks Willard’s six years of service on Hospice’s Board of Directors. Louise Willard served the organization from 1997-2003.

“Louise truly enjoyed her service on Hospice’s board,” said Henry Willard of his wife’s tenure. “She was able to see first-hand the vital work that this agency performs in the community.” Louise Willard, who said that her late mother received Hospice services during the final months of her life, expressed great gratitude for the compassionate care that was given to her family member.

The Rev. GT Schramm, the Willards’ pastor who serves as Hospice’s Board of Directors chair and campaign chair, complimented them on their gift to “Building the Dream.”

“What an absolutely wonderful gift this is,” Schramm said. “Their philanthropy and that of others who have made early contributions and pledges – really makes a difference, both in our community and in this campaign. The Willards’ willingness to step up and show this kind of generosity is simply phenomenal.”

Schramm said that he hopes that the Willards’ gift will serve as a model for others to follow.

“Building the Dream” is a two-fold project that will involve construction of a 14-bed Hospice house and consolidation of Hospice’s administrative and care team offices in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. The buildings will be located on 19 acres of land that straddle the Berkeley/Jefferson County border. The land is across from Food Lion, just off W.Va. 9, about 1.4 miles from the VA Center. Hospice officials anticipate that they need to raise at least $3 million locally for this $9 million project. Construction will begin when at least $3 million is raised. To date, nearly $1.2 million has been pledged in the effort.

“We have long dreamed of this project, and with every gift, we grow one step closer to making it a reality,” said Hospice CEO Margaret Cogswell. “The Willards’ gift and the gift of Louise’s service is a truly remarkable way that they show their continued connection to and appreciation of our agency and Hospice care.”

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