Joan & Dave Rogers to receive Hospice Buffalo’s “Hope, Care & Dignity” Award at 2019 Harvest Fest gala


Celebrate the Colors of Fall – Join family, friends, and the community at Hospice Buffalo’s 19th annual Hospice Harvest Fest, presented by M&T Bank.
One highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Hope, Care & Dignity Award, honoring a special couple in our community, Joan & Dave Rogers, who donated a $1 million endowment fund for Hospice Buffalo’s Essential Care for Children program. “Joan and I are so moved by this important program that offers so much to the Essential Care children and families. We are both grateful and thrilled to be in a position to make this gift and establish this fund that will allow the program to grow and flourish for years to come,” stated Dave Rogers.

Mr. & Mrs. Rogers were inspired by the expression of gratitude from Kelly Mischel, mother of Essential Care perinatal patient Haileigh Jade, regarding their family’s experience in the Essential Care for Children program: “They listened to our concerns, wants and wishes for her birth, life and death, so we were able to make the most of her time with us. The nurses had so much compassion and love for our family. Their goal was the same as ours: to treat our baby like a baby, make sure she wasn’t in pain and to spend the time we had with Hai in our home -- not a hospital. We can never thank those nurses enough for their support and love.” Kelly and Haileigh’s story will be shared in a touching video at the Harvest Fest.

We are very grateful to the Rogers for their continued support and generosity. This will help sustain hospice and palliative care for children in the Western New York community for years to come.

The gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo on October 18, featuring a wine and craft beer tasting, gourmet dinner, auctions, live music, and dancing. Fabulous live auction items include a Yellowstone vacation package, Florida getaway, a trip to New York City, and a chef’s table at Ristorante Lombardo. The Hospice Harvest Fest benefits the many programs and services of Hospice Buffalo and its affiliates, providing care, support, advocacy and education to people facing serious illness and loss. Recognized as a Hospice Honors Elite organization, Hospice Buffalo is also one of the largest hospice and palliative care programs in the nation, serving nearly 1,000 patients each day throughout Erie County.

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