DATE:  9/8/15
CONTACT:  Clarice Otminski,
Director of Public Relations & Community Marketing
(716) 989-2072  
MOBILE: (716) 512-9325

Swifts to Chair 2015 Harvest Festival for Hospice

From Wine Country to Wonderland

Dswifts-2004_re.jpgoug and Beth Swift of Buffalo have been selected as chairs of the 15th Annual Harvest Festival, a Celebration of Hospice, Friends and Family, on Friday, October 16, at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo, NY. Just follow the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and the Dormouse to an enchanted evening and secure your seat at a perfectly MAD party!

Elizabeth Swift has worn many hats with the Hospice Foundation of Western New York and The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, including serving as a board member and Foundation Board Chair, a Foundation and Essential Care volunteer, and currently, Foundation staff member. “Guests will be sure to enjoy our theme ‘From Wine Country to Wonderland.’  It will truly be an enjoyable mix of fun and fantasy,” said Mrs. Swift. 

Douglas Swift, a long-time Buffalo developer and part-owner of Buffalo RiverWorks Properties, comments, “We are looking forward to a great evening of wine tasting, fabulous silent auctions and a delicious dinner. Along with other generously donated gifts, we will be offering a one-of-a-kind party for 20 at RiverWorks, including rink time, food and beverages as one of our live auction items”.

The event will also feature the presentation of the Hope, Care & Dignity Award, honoring a special person in their community that goes above and beyond for Hospice Buffalo, their patients, and our community. This year, the award will be presented to Phil Hubbell, not only for his generous financial support, but for his tireless desire to help others, passionate spirit, and humble nature.

The unique gala is presented by the Buffalo Bills. Tickets are $200 each or $2800 for corporate tables of ten.  Harvest Festival media sponsors include WGRZ-TV, Time Warner Cable, WBFO & WNED-FM, and all Townsquare Media Stations.  For reservations or sponsorship information visit, or call the Hospice Foundation at 686-8090.

The Harvest Festival will benefit the many programs and services of Hospice Buffalo, one of the nation’s largest hospice and palliative care, non-profit organizations. Hospice Buffalo and its affiliates serve individuals with serious illness and their families and caregivers through a continuum of care spanning the course of illness and bereavement. More than 600 patients each day receive hospice care in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, group homes, and at the Mary and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Hospice Inpatient Unit. For more information, visit



  • 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
  • The Buffalo Sabres are proud to be involved with Hospice Buffalo. On a yearly basis, Hospice helps thousands of people.
    – Michael Gilbert, VP of Public & Community Relations, Buffalo Sabres
  • 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, Boulevard Mall
  • Hospice is just an important organization in our community and Wendy's Restaurants is honored to help.
    – Amanda Armstrong, Marketing Coordinator, Wendy's Restaurants
  • 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
  • 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.
    – Gail Heussler, Operations Manger, WNY Fantastic Sams
  • 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
  • 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, First Niagara Bank
  • Dunkin' Donuts is honored to support the Hospice Foundation of Western New York and the life changing services they provide.
    – Abbey Celest, Dunkin' Donuts
  • 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