Record Breaking Evening for Houston Hospice 13th Annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award DinnerOver 300 guests gathered at River Oaks Country Club October 26, to generously support the Houston Hospice Program. The 13th Annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner Chairmen Kelli and Eddy Blanton said "With over 2,000 families served this year, the over $300,000 raised will allow the continuation of this much-needed care for families when they need compassion the most." The evening is especially meaningful to the Blantonís with the presentation of the Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award. This year the recipients were Maureen and Jim Hackett, who walked to the podium with a standing ovation from the crowd. Dr. Thomas Burke, Chairman of the Houston Hospice Board and a long-time friend of the Hacketts, led the introduction. Eddy Blanton said they were pleased to recognize the Hacketts for their qualities of leadership, continuous commitment to a range of charitable causes and financial, as well as hands-on support to organizations so critical to our society today. The crowd got lively buying raffle tickets for great items and cheered as the names were drawn at the conculsion of the evening.
Founded in 1980, Houston Hospice has evolved from an alternative grass roots concept to a leader in hospice care for people of all ages and all walks of life. Houston's oldest, largest, independent hospice, is a 501 (c) (3) organization that is community-based, community-supported and not for profit. This independence allows the organization to react quickly to community needs and incorporate new innovations in hospice care. Thanks to the generous, unwavering support of corporate and private sponsors, Houston Hospice continues to serve Texans from all socio-economic groups irrespective of a person's ethnicity, beliefs or ability
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