Treasure Coast Hospice dedicates walls in memory of volunteers and staff

Family members gathered at Mayes Center in Stuart and Thomas Counseling Center in Fort Pierce

Treasure Coast Hospice recently hosted two events to honor and remember the legacies of dedicated volunteers, board members and staff who have passed away.

Family members gathered in the gardens on both Treasure Coast Hospice campuses – the Mayes Center in Stuart and the Thomas Counseling Center in Fort Pierce – to dedicate two newly installed Recognition Walls.

Murray Fournie, VP of Philanthropy and Operations; and Eileen Emery, sponsor of the Recognition Wall at the TCC center in Fort Pierce. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham
Melanie Wiles and Liberta Scotto, in honor of Dorothy Scotto. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham

After a warm welcome from CEO Jackie Kendrick, Treasure Coast Hospice chaplains and grief counselors offered comforting words and inspiration to family members and friends of those whose names are etched on the wall.

“Treasure Coast Hospice is forever grateful to the many volunteers and staff members who have dedicated countless hours to our mission, selflessly serving patients and families in our community for the past 40 years,” said Kendrick.

Murray Fournie, VP of Philanthropy and Operations; CEO Jackie Kendrick, CHPCA; Dianne Puskaric and Dennis Puskaric, of The Dendi Trust, sponsors of the Recognition Wall at the Mayes Center. Photo by Maryellen Murphy
Maryann Remsen and Andrew Koenigsdorf remembering Kevin Fleming. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham

“These names add value to service and add virtue to vision. These names and the legacy that will live on will add vitality to the labor of those of us that now remain,” said Treasure Coast Hospice Chaplain Omar Palmer.

Dennis and Dianne Puskaric, of The Dendi Trust, are sponsors of the Recognition Wall at the Mayes Center. They reflected on the impact of the individuals who have helped advance the organization’s mission.

Pastor Omar Palmer and Pastor Dorothy Grant. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham
Nicole and Marie Perrotta, for Marie Puglisi. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham

For Eileen Emery, the underwriter of the Recognition Wall on the Fort Pierce campus, long-time supporter and former director of volunteer services, the occasion held extra meaning, as she had the opportunity to work with most of those listed throughout her tenure.

“This is what makes Treasure Coast Hospice special,” she said. “The recognition of the time and talent of those who helped make this organization what it is today – the best it can be!”

Bonney and Jim Johnson, for Bernice Johnson, Thrift Store volunteer. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham
Underwriter Eileen Emery and CEO Jackie Kendrick. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham

After a reading of the names at the conclusion of each ceremony, attendees welcomed the opportunity to view and touch the walls and spend some time in the serenity of the reflective gardens.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Treasure Coast Hospice, a milestone made possible thanks to the commitment and generosity of volunteers, board members, donors, businesses and staff who have remained dedicated to providing the community with access to compassionate end-of-life care since the organization was founded in 1982.

For more information, visit TreasureHealth.org.

Sue Mockin and Craig Perry. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham
Eileen Emery addresses the crowd in Fort Pierce. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham
Ava, Mya and Jamie Plante, for Vicky Plante. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham
Reynold Eilers for Mary Lou Eilers. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham

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