Out & About: Feasting at Excela Health Hospice Old-Fashioned Italian Christmas
The Excela Health Hospice Old-Fashioned Italian Christmas provided comfort for both body and soul.
Held Nov. 30 in Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree, the 250 guests were sated with Chef Rizzi DeFabo's traditional favorite foods and satisfied with tales of the work of hospice staff and volunteers.
The annual event includes a video illustrating how hospice serves patients as they approach the end of life, as well as their loved ones.
This year's production, introduced by emcee and Excela Health Veep Jennifer Miele, told the story of the late Victor Behrhorst of Ligonier.
Prior to his passing in 2010, Behrhorst's niece Amy Meade, herself a former hospice bereavement counselor, was able to arrange a final jam session for the lifelong drummer and music lover.
“He was pretty weak when we got there, but he played along as well as he could; and you could tell it really meant a lot to him,” said Pat Petrarca, who joined in on guitar while Scott Brown played mandolin.
All in a day's work of “creating lasting legacies, memories and giving comfort,” said hospice executive director Erica Shaffer.
On the Italian Christmas guest list: Thomas and Ann Albanesi, Michael Busch, Timothy Fedele andLaura Hawkins, Dr. Carol Fox andJim Fox, Timothy andTrudy Loch, Albert andSally Ann Novak, Thomas andKaren Sochacki, Meghan Scalise, Patti Buhl, Dr. Rachel Shipley, Jim and Robin Joyce, Laura Davis andMaria Kraisinger.
Also, Ron and Joann Eberhardt, Mike andKaren Stewart, Eric andMichele Bononi, George Shaner andMichael Philopena, Barbara Ferrier, Mary Catherine Motchar and Jim Clayton, David Volpe, Heather Lincoln and Patti Lebin.