United Hospice of Rockland (UHR) new WRCR 1300 AM radio show “Hospice––When Time Matters Most” will air its third show on Wednesday, August 28th from 10:10 AM-10:40 AM. The bi-monthly show airs on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and is hosted by long-time UHR board member Tess McCormack Raso. Her guests will be UHR Director of Development Lanie Etkind, Assistant Director of Development Lisa Denburg, and members of Youth for Hospice. Call-ins, comments and questions are welcome during the show. WRCR’s call-in phone is 845 362-0013.
Upcoming shows will feature UHR Medical Director David A. Chmielewski, MD (September 11), UHR Volunteer Coordinator Noell Goldberg (September 25), and Judith Peacock, Administrator of Joe Raso Hospice Residence (October 9).
Youth for Hospice was founded in 2008 by twelve sophomores at Clarkstown North High School in New City. The legacy they left behind continues to grow and the current membership of Youth For Hospice is comprised of boys and girls, freshmen to seniors, and has expanded to include students from several area high schools. There are currently three satellite groups of students. Tappan Zee High School and Nyack High School were formed in Fall 2011, North Rockland High School in Fall 2012.
Members of YFH, who receive community service hours for meetings and events, assist at many of United Hospice of Rockland’s ongoing programs and events, including Hugs for Hospice, the Annual Walkathon, Trees of Life, Annual Dancing With the Stars Gala, Africa Hospice Project and blood drives. Some members volunteer in the office as well. YFH’s signature event is an annual Dance-A-Thon which last year raised a record $18,000 to benefit United Hospice of Rockland. Overall, YFH raised more than $20,000 in 2012 through Dance-a-thon, Cut-a-thon and rubber bracelet sales.
Local high school students are invited to join YFH by signing on to the Youth for Hospice Facebook page or by coming to the next meeting at United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane (off South Main Street) in New City.
For more information about forming additional YFH satellite groups or becoming an YFH member, please contact. Lisa Denburg, UHR Assistant Director of Development, 845 634-4974, email@example.com.
Tess McCormack Raso is a native of Piermont, Rockland County, New York. She has produced, hosted, and written other broadcast shows and her community service and philanthropy are legendary. Tess has served on dozens of community boards, received countless awards, and continues to volunteer and raise funds for United Hospice of Rockland and the Joe Raso Hospice Residence, Helen Hayes Hospital, Nyack Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital as well as the American Heart Association, St. John’s Church, Piermont Public Library, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and more.
When time matters most, United Hospice of Rockland, Inc. (UHR), provides care, comfort and improved quality of life to individuals affected by serious illness and offers compassionate support to families and members of the community. Founded in 1988, United Hospice of Rockland is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and meets the Standards for Charity Accountability of the Better Business Bureau, Inc. In addition, UHR received a third consecutive 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator. UHR's mission is to enable patients with advanced illnesses to live in comfort, with dignity, and surrounded by those they love. For more information, call 845 634-4974, write to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956, visit www.hospiceofrockland.org <http://www.hospiceofrockland.org> or fax to 845 634-7549.
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Photo: left to right: 2013/2014 YFH officers: corresponding secretary Josh Etkind, president Brittany Cooper, recording secretary Lauren Zolit and vice president Julia Kraushaar all currently sophomores at Clarkstown High School North.