By Staff reports

Marblehead Reporter

Posted Dec 13, 2010 @ 02:24 PM

Now in its ninth year, All Care’s Nov. 18 event, “A Matter of Taste,” was a success, with 300 attendees raising a record-breaking $95,000 to help support and care for patients with life-limiting illness in the All Care Hospice program.

Many guests were enthusiastically engaged bidders or vicarious spectators for such luxury live-auction items as a 2009 Harley Davidson Sportster Nightster, which generated the highest bid of the night at $6,700; a seven-day Holland America cruise, a Disney Escape, one-week stays at a brand new New Hampshire log home and seaside Little Neck cottage, a Tom-Brady-autographed football, a team-autographed Bruins jersey, in addition to over 100 silent-auction packages.

“We really try to have a wide variety, with something for everyone to bid on,” said Justine Chamberlin, event organizer and All Care director of development. “And we appreciate that our guests did just that!”

Julie Zohn of Boston was the lucky winner of the “Getaway of a Lifetime Raffle” for a week at Trinity Villa/Tryall Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Shawn Potter, All Care president and CEO, noted, “Once again, we are humbled by the outstanding success of the event, and by the generosity of our bidders, donors and sponsors who work tirelessly in support of our mission to keep compassionate hospice care available to those in need, particularly in the current economic climate.”

Funds raised will also provide support to families of All Care’s patients through its bereavement and volunteer programs, and weekly support groups held every Tuesday at the All Care Hospice Center for Grief and Loss at 583 Chestnut St., Lynn.

Salem Five Charitable Foundation held the distinguished leadership role for the ninth consecutive year as the event’s Benefactor & Event Underwriter. The events Partners in Caring included: Berry, a division of Suffolk Construction; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Borislow Insurance, Byram Healthcare, Farquhar & Black Insurance Agencies, New England Copy Specialists Inc., North Shore Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Prime Motor Group, Solimine Funeral Homes, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, and Windsor Place of Wilmington.

All Care also thanked its numerous Partners in Healing, Partners in Compassion, Friends and All Care employees for their generous contributions.

About All Care VNA

Founded in 1911, All Care VNA is a Medicare/Medicaid-certified agency offering services of nurses, home health aides, specialists in geriatrics, oncology, diabetes, physical, occupational and speech therapies, as well as palliative care. All Care Hospice aims to provide the highest-quality medical and emotional care for those with life-limiting illnesses, as well as respite care, spiritual support and bereavement counseling for families. All Care also offers All Care Resources, its private-pay division for flexible in-home services. All Care employs nearly 600 people between its Lynn headquarters and Wakefield, North Andover and Charlestown satellite offices. For more information, call 800-287-2454.


A group, which includes several Marbleheaders, enjoys All Care Hospice’s ‘A Matter of Taste.’ Sitting, from left, are Maeve Rice of Marblehead, Caren Kulevich Downey of Canton, Ann Kulevich Kane of Wilmington, Brenda Comeau of Marblehead, Barbara Kulevich of All Care of Marblehead; standing, from left, are Mary Beth Perry of Danvers, All Care Senior Vice President Jo-Mary Koopman of Marblehead, Tricia Rockett of Marblehead and Karen Bisegna of Marblehead.