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



  • "Hospice has offered me great comfort as I carry heavy grief. It is a sacred place for me; a place I still visit to visit with my Angels. Thank you Hospice for always being there for me."
    – Stacy Schwab
  • It was nice to know I could finally relax and trust a group of really caring folks.
    – Nancy, Buffalo
  • "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
  • "Been a volunteer since my grandfather passed in Hospice due to the phenomenal care from Hospice. 100%."
    – Audra Hollander
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The help we received while my husband was sick at home was terrific and the counseling I received for the last 13 months after his passing was wonderful. I miss you all very much."
    – Lois, Tonawanda
  • "Hospice made my dad’s last days more comfortable. But more importantly, they made things easier for my mother."
    – Rick Mahoney
  • "A wonderful place! The staff is very caring and compassionate, not only to the patient but their families too. I can’t thank them enough."
    – Janice Marie
  • “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
  • "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
  • “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
  • "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
  • 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
  • "Shout out to Hospice Buffalo home health Team 5 who has been helping us with dad the past couple of months. They sent him a nice Veteran’s Day card with a star from an old flag. They are all so nice from his two aids, nurse, social worker, massage and music therapist, who sings and plays guitar, and even the volunteer who cut his hair along with my sister, sister-in-law and brother. It takes a village! But I know he appreciates the help and company, and being able to stay in his home. Update: Hospice continues to be kind to my dad. I know Medicare pays for expenses and that is wonderful too but the care given is great. He turned 94 on the December 3rd. Hospice brought him nice cards, a lap blanket, and his favorite chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! Thanks again!"
    – Lynda Gordon