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Gala Guests Go “Wild” in Support of the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center - Archived
(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health Foundations recently hosted its annual Gala which raised more than $50,000 to benefit the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center now under construction in Stevensville. Held at the Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph, nearly 300 guests enjoyed the African safari-themed evening. In addition to ticket sales, funds were raised through a silent auction and a raffle.

“Lakeland HealthCare and Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate, appreciate all of our community members, local businesses, organizations, and associates for their generosity toward making reality the dream of a hospice residence in our own backyard,” said David Burghart, President, Lakeland Health Foundations.

The Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center will be the first of its kind in Berrien, Van Buren and Cass counties. The $5.5 million construction cost of the 18,400-square-foot facility will be completely dependent upon philanthropic support. The 16-bed hospice residence will be nestled among mature pine and oak trees, overlooking a picturesque ravine. Each patient suite will have accommodations for family to stay overnight. Large and small gathering rooms throughout the facility will offer places for conversation and comfort.

For more information about Lakeland Health Foundations, visit

Photo: Stylish safari guides helped host the Lakeland Health Foundations’ gala. Pictured are (L-R) Lakeland associate Cynthia Zech, Lakeland volunteer Roseann Schramm, and Lakeland associate Rose Lucker.

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