Founded over 20 years ago, this dedicated group of Lake and Sumter County women has raised over $2 million to support Cornerstone Hospice houses and programs. Since December 2010 the group has generously donated $100,000, each year, from its fund raisers. Today its membership is approximately 400 strong.
Women for Hospice fund raising activities include: monthly luncheons at various locations throughout Lake County, dinners with spouses and friends at Palm Tree Grill in Mount Dora, food drives for patients and families, the five day long “Season of Trees” event in downtown Mount Dora in mid November, and the Easter Room at The Hope Chest, an upscale antique and resale shop located at 351 N.Donnelly Street, in the heart of historic downtown Mount Dora. The Hope Chest, proudly operated by Women for Hospice, accepts donations of household items, jewelry, furniture, just about any thing except clothing and is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Many members volunteer at the shop.
The impact of Women for Hospice does not stop at fund raising. Several of their members volunteer in Cornerstone Hospice’s offices and hospice houses providing support to patients, families, and staff members. Women for Hospice also support patient families by donating Christmas gifts and Easter baskets. Many members have also left a provision for Cornerstone Hospice in their estate plans.
Women for Hospice Special Event: The Easter Room
The Easter Room, open Monday, March 31st through Saturday, April 12th, is a beautifully themed section of the store that will offer hand-crafted holiday decorations, baked goods and beautiful plants for sale, as well as a chance to win raffle prizes. Visitors can honor or memorialize a loved one by purchasing an angel to hang on the “Tree of Remembrance” which will be displayed in the Easter Room