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



  • “Imagine the miracle of someone saying to you, ‘Don’t worry about anything. If you need a doctor’s appointment or something from the grocery store, call me and I will have a volunteer pick it up for you. If you need somebody to help you with anything, call me. We are here for you.’ Such comforting words from my Social Worker.”
    – Shirley Rosenthal, Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo Patient
  • "They are all so caring and compassionate. Even the woman who cleaned my husband's room was so sweet and caring. I can't say enough good things about Hospice Buffalo."
    – Teresa Raiff Izzo
  • "My sister and my friends have been at Hospice and passed there. It is the most peaceful, compassionate place to be for the last days! You are welcome to visit at any hour! When I have seen others pass recently I thought ‘Why weren’t they at Hospice?’ They have a special staff there uniquely qualified for a special calling. God bless them and let us keep it going!"
    – Cindy Trojanowsky
  • “I really didn’t think anyone could help me until Home Connections became involved. Dr. Kerr visited me and gave his undivided attention, focusing on my symptoms and less on my disease. I finally feel like I will get back to normal one day. When the nurse from Home Connections came in, I felt so much relief that she was able to help communicate with all of my doctors. It’s very stressful to have to do all of that on my own. I cannot thank Home Connections enough for working to get me a new mattress. I can't believe someone would do this for me!”
    – Kim, Home Connections patient
  • "What an amazing place to trust the end-of-life care of a loved one."
    – James Kelly
  • 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
  • "Hospice made my dad’s last days more comfortable. But more importantly, they made things easier for my mother."
    – Rick Mahoney
  • "Hospice Buffalo is amazing! The in-home care and now the acute care my grandfather is receiving is the best. They are so supportive and such special people. Not only are they taking care of my sick grandfather but also taking care of us, the family, and checking in to make sure we ate too and be there for us to ask any questions. So thankful for Hospice Buffalo."
    – Ashley Marcantonio
  • "Not coming here but if you need the care this is a great place! The staff is unreal! They show in every way they are not robots they truly care! The facility is very comforting!"
    – Joe Caulfield Sr.
  • "I've had several family and friends assisted through Hospice Buffalo. Each situation was unique to the other, but Hospice and their caring professionals were amazing in each."
    – Vickie Eberth
  • “We are so thankful for the angels sent to our family through Essential Care, for Matthew's wonderful, loving personality,
    the time we have as a family, and our faith.”
    – Linda Evans
  • "Music was a very important part of my family's life. I loved my mother's smile, and music therapy made her smile, every time, all the time. The music therapist often welcomed others in the nursing home to join in, giving my mother extra socialization. I will always be grateful for the care my mother received through Hospice Buffalo and the special extras like music therapy."
    – Lisa Feldman
  • "A very attentive staff that is non- intrusive, yet extremely attentive. The staff really goes out of their way to make sure you have everything you need for this transition. My mother passed on July 23rd. The final prayer was comforting and very well spoken. I really think highly of this place because I've never seen a group of people that really tend to your loved ones so delicate. Thank you Hospice Buffalo for doing so much for my family."
    – Pubg Hero
  • "I can’t say enough good things about Hospice Care! The care my mother was given was actually loving care. They did not treat her differently because she was in her 80s; they still took care of her. They all were wonderful, making sure she was turned when she was supposed to be, always made sure she was comfortable, talked to her as she was, a human being, even though she couldn’t talk anymore. Mom knew she was now in good care and so did we. They always made sure the family was doing OK also. I call them angels on Earth! Thank you for caring!"
    – Bernadette Spinnegan
  • It was nice to know I could finally relax and trust a group of really caring folks.
    – Nancy, Buffalo