The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 21, 2013

‘Spring Fling’ fundraiser will benefit area hospice

Ruth Rice
rrice@tribdem.com

— A local hospice wants to celebrate spring while raising money to continue its mission.

Conemaugh Regional Hospice will host its first Spring Fling on April 5 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the Johnstown Classic Rockers will begin playing at 8.

The Rockers are known for playing an eclectic mix of oldies and classic rock-and-roll music.

Vocalists are Ron Piljay, Tom Pavic, Melissa Nagle and Denise Trautman Karwoski, and musicians include Norm Chynoweth on keyboard, Greg Malec on drums, John Pizzino on guitar, Jerry Sandusky on sax and Steve Spack on bass.

Admission will include hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and a cash bar will be available.

“The light hors d’oeuvres will be made by Ace’s, and the desserts will be made by a variety of local businesses and hospice staff,” said volunteer coordinator Kristina Marinkovich.

There will be a basket raffle and 50-50 tickets.

Marinkovich said anyone who would like to donate a basket for the raffle can call her office at 534-6903.

Conemaugh Regional Hospice is actually the former Lee Hospice with offices at Memorial Medical Center’s Lee Campus.

“We don’t have an area for in-patients,” Marinkovich said. “We care for patients in their homes, but we also accept inpatients.”

 All proceeds from the general fundraiser will be used for anything that can improve a patient’s care.

Items could include baby monitors, pediatric blood pressure cuffs or aromatherapy supplies.

Supplies also are needed for the hospice’s Tokens of Thoughtfulness program, which asks groups of all ages to make items such as holiday cards, door hangers or wind chimes.

“It can be anything that can brighten their day and let them know people are thinking of them,” Marinkovich said.

Conemaugh Regional Hospice is a supportive alternative for those whose life expectancy is limited by illness, such as cancer, ALS, emphysema and congestive heart failure.

The hospice team provides caring and compassionate treatment through physical, emotional and spiritual support so patients can remain at home during their care.

The hospice provides services to patients in Cambria, Bedford, Somerset, and parts of Blair, Westmoreland and Indiana counties.

Marinkovich said the hospice has a staff of 24 and an additional 18 volunteers.

Those who wish to become a hospice volunteer may call the office at 534-6903.