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Essential Friends

Essential Friends Holiday Shopping Spree

essential-care-for-children1.jpgEssential Care for Children is the pediatric home care program of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. The program provides medical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual care to children with life-threatening illness and their families. Children in the program may have cancer, cystic fibrosis, neurological conditions, immune deficiency or other conditions.

The Essential Friends is a group of dedicated women who have been fundraising for the Essential Care for Children program since 1998. This group of friends has raised more than $90,000 for Essential Care with their annual event. Now in the fifteenth year of fundraising, there are two groups of Essential Friends and two events. One is hosted in the North and one in the South.

Each group hosts a Holiday Shopping Spree for ladies in our community. With unique vendors and boutique style shopping they are the perfect place to get your holiday shopping done.

The Events:

Both events are $35 per person pre sale and $40 at the door. Ticket includes hors d' oeuvres and a complimentary drink.

Essential Friends South 
Leaf.jpgWednesday, November 6
Orchard Park Country Club, 4777 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park
Click here to buy tickets online now.


Essential Friends North
Snowflake.jpgThursday, November 14
Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence
Click here to buy tickets online now.


Meet the Essential Friends Committees:

Melissa Brydges, Shari Cappellino, Jennifer Derrick, Stephanie Laipple, Becky Lesch, Lynn Markel, Valerie McCauley, Pam Murphy, Dr. Alison Zuccala

Barbara Coleman, Elizabeth Bouskill, Colleen Burns, Mary Doro, Alison LoVullo, Christine Miner, Dale Przyucki, Susan Zebro





  • Ingram Micro has had an established presence in WNY for over 30 years and when you have over 1,300 associates employed locally, unfortunately, there will be a time when we all need to have support.
    – Marty Battaglia, Senior Director of Sales
  • It was nice to know I could finally relax and trust a group of really caring folks.
    – Nancy, Buffalo
  • I admire all the people involved in Hospice. They are very strong and very tender...I know...had them for my wonderful husband Nick.
    – Evelyn, Buffalo
  • Boulevard Mall/Forest City Management is proud to support Hospice Buffalo, an organization that touches so many lives in our community.
    – Betsey Bonvissuto, Director of Marketing
  • Thank You Hospice for Planet Kid and Camp Blue Skies. I just picked up my daughter, Sydney, from camp. She had an amazing time.
    – Lisa, Buffalo
  • Dunkin' Donuts is honored to support the Hospice Foundation of Western New York and the life changing services they provide.
    – Alisa LaPlante Field, Marketing Manager
  • We have one of the finest Hospice programs in the country right here in Western New York, and First Niagara is proud to support Hospice Buffalo and The Center for Palliative Care. We want to ensure that Hospice is there for each...
    – Elizabeth S. Gurney, Executive Director
  • Hospice is just an important organization in our community and Wendy's Restaurants is honored to help.
    – Amanda Armstrong, Marketing Coordinator
  • I wish I could personally thank each person that helped us with my dad (if you knew him when he was well, you would have enjoyed his humor and zest for life)
    – Deborah
  • West Herr Automotive Group has chosen to be a partner with Hospice not only for the opportunity to give back to the Western New York community.
    – John Wabick, Vice President
  • Hospice provides dignity and compassion to those at the end of their lives. We believe this is a critical area of need.
    – Ralph and Mary Wilson
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is proud to serve as Hospice Buffalo's official health plan, as well as to support the Hospice Memorial Walk.
    – Julie Snyder, Director, Corporate Relations
  • The Western New York Fantastic Sams Hair Salons have been proud to support Hospice for over 15 years. We admire and respect the Hospice Team.
    – Ellen S. Levine, Region Director - Western New York
  • The Buffalo Sabres are proud to be involved with Hospice Buffalo. On a yearly basis, Hospice helps thousands of people.
    – Michael Gilbert, Vice President of Public & Community Relations

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