PASCO COUNTY (October 15, 2013) – Get ready to Hike for Hospice this November 10! New this year at the event is an expanded kid’s area and activities.
Kids can have their face painted, meet former Tampa Bay Bucs player Mike Alstott, play in a bounce house and take part in the inaugural Kids Dash at the Gulfside’s seventh annual Hike for Hospice. Veterans who attend the event on Nov. 10 will receive special pins and honored at the event.
The seventh annual Hike for Hospice includes both a 5K Run and 5K Walk, and takes place this year at Rasmussen College, located at 18600 Fernview St. (on State Road 54 between Suncoast Parkway and US 41) in Land O’Lakes. Registration and check-in begins at 7 a.m. The 5K Run begins promptly at 8 a.m., and the traditional 5K Walk commences at 9 a.m. After the run and walk conclude, both the top fundraisers and the fastest runners receive prizes.
To register for the Hike for Hospice, visit www.firstgiving.com/Hikeforhospice or call 1-800-561-4883. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students (ages 11 – college) and $10 for children 10 and under. All hikers will receive a t-shirt, breakfast and beverages with their registration.
Save time the day of the Hike for Hospice and pre-register on Oct. 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Gulfside’s Lutz Thrift Shoppe located at 1930 Land O’Lakes Blvd. Gulfside representatives will be able to answer questions about the Hike for Hospice, as well as sign participants up for the event scheduled for Nov. 10.
All proceeds from the Hike for Hospice are designated for patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses in Pasco County, as well as support programs at Gulfside’s Hospice Houses and Bereavement Centers. The Hike for Hospice, Gulfside’s signature fundraising event, has raised more than $250,000 for Gulfside Regional Hospice since it began in 2007.
“Every donation at the Hike for Hospice helps Gulfside Regional Hospice provide end-of-life care to residents of Pasco County,” said Linda Ward, Gulfside’s president and CEO. “If someone raises $250 for Gulfside, that money helps provides one week of patient counseling and resources for a family.”
Various levels of sponsorship are available for the Hike for Hospice. For more information about sponsoring the event, call 1-800-561-4883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Presenting Sponsor for the Hike for Hospice is Bouchard Insurance. Additional sponsors include:
• Medal of Honor Sponsor – Zymphony
• Guardian Angel Sponsor- AC Healthcare and BB&T
• Stars and Stripes Sponsors – Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco, LaserRite, MedFleet and O2 Solutions
• American Eagle Sponsor – Rasmussen College
• Purple Patriot Sponsors – Cornerstone Financial Planners, Eternal Cremation Services, Hook Law Group, The Obenreder Family, OptiLife Chiropractic and Synvous Bank
Gulfside Regional Hospice, established as a nonprofit corporation in Pasco County in 1988 and initially licensed in 1989, serves more than 375 patients daily. GRH employs over 250 professionals and has more than 550 volunteers, and is the only hospice that serves Pasco County exclusively. Gulfside Regional Hospice was selected the 2011 Non-profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. For more information about Gulfside Regional Hospice, call 727-845-5707 or visit www.GRHospice.org.