Center for Hope’s Hospice & Palliative Care receives Year-End Donation

(above, l-r) The officers of the Center for Hope Auxiliary present a $100,000 check to the Center for Hope’s Board of Trustees Chairman. Pictured are Marge Hussey, Dolores Paruta, Ginny Comer, Thomas Kasper, Dolores Hynes, and Rosemary Burke.

Center for Hope’s Auxiliary Year-End Donation

The Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, a community-based non-profit hospice organization in Union County, New Jersey, celebrated the season with their Auxiliary on Monday, December 5. At the party, the Center received a very generous gift: a check for $100,000 representing the funds raised from the Auxiliary over the past year.

Marge Hussey, the Auxiliary’s president, was pleased to be able to present the check to the Center. “Each year,” she said, “with our many events and the Hope Chest Thrift Store, we work tirelessly to not only educate the community about the Center, but to help the Center in its mission: providing only the finest in hospice care to all those who need it regardless of an inability to pay. As I present the fruits of that work to the Center tonight, I hope you all can share the pride I feel in knowing that we’re making a difference in the lives of so many each and every year.”

Tom Kasper, the Chairman of the Center’s Board of Trustees, was on hand to accept the gracious donation. “This is incredible,” he said. “While each and every one of us, alone, do what we can, it pales in comparison to the work that can be done when we come together as a group and work toward a goal. You all have shown that here tonight. There’s simply no way the Center can properly state the gratitude we feel for the Auxiliary throughout the year.” 

Marge concluded by saying, “As we come together this holiday season, I want to again thank everyone for their hard work…and remind everyone that our work is not done! Next year, those in need in our community will still remain and will still need our support.” She reminded the group that “we still need new members to help us do even more next year.”

The Center for Hope offers hospice and palliative care in its two residences in Scotch Plains and Elizabeth, and provides hospice care to patients in the wider community where they live. For more information on the Center or the Auxiliary, visit

About Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.

Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care (Center for Hope) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides terminally ill patients with hospice care, and their families or loved ones with physical, emotional, and spiritual support during their time of need. The Center actively supports the individual’s right to live out the remainder of their life with dignity and in comfort, surrounded by the love of family and friends, and eased from the burdens of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial or social distress. Center for Hope welcomes all terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones without concern for race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or ability to pay. It also offers pain and symptom management for chronically ill and seriously ill patients through its palliative care program. Center for Hope operates two facilities in Scotch Plains and Elizabeth; the latter provides nearly $3.5 million a year in charity care. For more information, visit

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