Circles of Caring
The More Your Give, the More We Can Accomplish
As you reach each giving level in the Circle of Caring, you receive greater satisfaction from knowing you have helped more people on their end of life journey.
Someday, someone you love may need the special care provided by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. It is our honor and privilege to provide such special care. We are committed to providing expert care to all who need it whenever they call for help, and wherever they call home. We rely on charitable dollars – gifts from people like you – to keep that commitment.
Please give the gift of hospice and join a Circle of Caring. Your tax-deductible donation in any amount helps ensure we will be there when patients and families need us most. Your contribution allows us to continue offering hospice and palliative care, bereavement services to adults and children, community education and outreach, and volunteer services throughout our five county service region.
Donors are recognized annually by Circle of Caring level in the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation’s newsletter, Beneficence. For more information contact the Development office at 910-796-7900.
Make a Stock Gift
Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation has an account with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. The financial advisor is Reid Murchison. Please contact Fran Mott, Shelley Bullard or Janet Dixon at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Direct: 910-509-5252 Toll Free: 800-777-1685. They will assist you with the transfer of stock for your donation to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice Society Circles recognize and celebrates the vital importance of personal giving at transformative levels. Members of our Society Circles are people of vision. Their community involvement creates solutions that shape tomorrow.
The Society Circle is comprised of local leaders and community philanthropists whose gifts of $5,000 or more help build a strong financial base that changes lives by supporting our end-of-life programs and services, provides healthcare and support by our professional staff, and enables access to model programs like palliative care, bereavement support, Sunrise Kids for grieving children, community end-of-life education and so much more.
Stories of Exceptional Giving
The Diamond Society
As a member of the Diamond Society, you join an exceptional group of dedicated individuals who have contributed consecutively for 10 years or have made a significant contribution of $25,000 or more to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
The generosity of our Diamond Society members is imperative to our success. We pledge to keep you informed and to extend exclusive opportunities to you in appreciation of your commitment and belief in the work we do.
Benefits Exclusive to our Diamond Society Members
- Diamond Society Pin: Identifies you as an exceptional supporter of Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s mission. We hope you will wear the pin often and proudly.
- Monthly Communications: You will receive updates on activities and achievements through our development e-newsletter and email blasts.
- Beneficence: Each spring and fall you will receive our newsletter with highlights of events, donors, volunteers and a message from our President and CEO.
- Unique Diamond Society Tours and Networking Opportunities: isit Lower Cape Fear Hospice through private tours designed just for you, including facility openings and exclusive receptions, and more. Meet staff and other donors who share your commitment to our services.
- Special Event Invitations: You will receive personal invitations to our coveted Foundation events throughout the year and are encouraged to attend. Diamond Society members also receive two complimentary event tickets annually.
Thank you for your generous support!
Carole Morrison: A Diamond Donor Story
People donate to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation for different reasons. Many contribute to show gratitude for the assistance and support they received. Others give in memory of a special person in their life. Some donate to pay tribute and honor loved ones.
Carole Morrison has donated to our Foundation for three reasons. Through her gifts to our agency, she has joined the Diamond Donor Society (see page 11 for information on the Society.) Carole’s husband Garry was 48 when he died in hospice care in New Jersey. Her father was served by a hospice in Albemarle. Carole’s 92-year-old mother was a Lower Cape Fear Hospice hospice patient.
Carole says hospice was there for her when she needed help at the end of Garry’s life. He was able to die at home, not in a hospital. The hospice team gave support, provided medications and equipment, explained what was happening and what to expect, supported and cared for the entire family, and helped with funeral arrangements. Carole says the palliative care team works the same.
When team members visit, you feel like you are the only patient and family they have. Carole recognized an opportunity when she learned about the Caring for Life capital campaign giving opportunities. She is creating a lasting tribute with a Bridge of Hope, one of three bridges that pass over the Heritage Garden waterway. Carole is dedicating the bridge to her two sisters, Jacquie and Montine. Carole says it is an especially appropriate donation because her sisters were her “Bridge of Hope” during Garry’s illness. Carole says you don’t ever get over grief, but you heal.
There are always blessings for what you have received. The Foundation is grateful to Carole for her continued support and feels blessed for having received her gifts.
Find out more about Leadership Gifts or call 910-796-7985.
Landfall residents Frances and Bill McMillan, M.D., always smile, even through a few tears, when they speak of the beautiful life of Frances’ sister, Mary Croft. Despite living with an intellectual disability, Mary Croft was always smiling, albeit mischievously from time to time. She also enjoyed a good laugh.
“She was such a happy person,” Frances says. “And what was truly amazing was in the last 10 months of her life, she was the happiest she had ever been.” In October 2008, Mary Croft was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was given six weeks to live.
As an expression of the gratitude and faith in the work of Lower Cape Fear Hospice with her sister, Frances and her husband Bill McMillan gave to the Every Moment Matters Campaign to expand and renovate the Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion. Their generous gift at the Chrysalis Society level will name the family room garden in Mary Croft’s memory.
“I love hospice’s philosophy of making life’s final days an adventure,” Bill said. “We were really able to enjoy those last days with Mary. Because of hospice, we have a special memory.”
Linda Brown is no stranger to the Cape Fear Region. She has been coming to Wrightsville Beach since she was a little girl. Long-time residents of Blowing Rock, a tranquil mountain town in Western North Carolina, Linda and her husband David have made what was their summer beach home their permanent residence.
They have always been philanthropic, making community and charity a major factor in their lives. Among the many local organizations the Browns support, we are honored they have chosen Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter as a priority and a personal mission. After David’s mother lived her final days in hospice care, the Browns decided they wanted to keep hospice available to other families and patients.
Generous sponsors of the White Pants Gala, which in 2014 supported the Every Moment Matters Campaign, they have given at the Chrysalis society level, which will name the boardwalk in the Heritage Garden in honor of their parents, Irene and Bud Brown and Julia and Charlie Braswell.
Linda has gone even further in her dedication to hospice by joining the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees and will be the 2015 chairwoman of the Last Chance for White Pants Gala.
A Letter from Sandra Secore:
My husband, Dave, spent a week at hospice last November before his death. The staff and volunteers were able to anticipate so many of our needs that stressful times often gave way to quiet and peaceful moments. Dave’s comfortable room gave us peace and privacy, yet we could take comfort in knowing that assistance was just a few steps away when we needed it. After many years, it was a relief for the family to be able to concentrate on being with Dave, knowing that caring, competent people were there to take care of his needs.
Dave looked pain-free for the first time in years, and the staff made sure he never lost his dignity; his hair was always combed, he was clean-shaven, dressed in fresh clothes and gently bathed—he looked so relaxed. They came and went quietly at night, and made special efforts to do things; such as his favorite milkshakes showing up whenever he was alert enough to drink them! That sort of care brings an added personal touch that makes families feel more comfortable.
The volunteers were wonderful too, keeping the kitchen well-stocked with food and drinks that were always available. Well-behaved dogs for pet therapy visits always brought smiles to our faces, and chaplains visited to help comfort us when we needed.
Following his service, our children decided to do something in his memory to thanks to hospice for all they had done. Dave’s favorite activities that last summer were caring for his garden and boating. Thus, when we learned of the chance to sponsor the Water Garden, which all could enjoy, it a seemed a perfect gift. We hope others will feel the same serenity we felt as we walked the gardens and pathways during that week.