NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (December 11, 2013) – Gulfside Regional Hospice held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on Friday, December 6 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey to recognize and thank more than 525 volunteers.
Gulfside named Jeanette Tatro as its volunteer of the year. This is the third time Tatro has received this title. Tatro has given more 541 hours this year as a volunteer for Gulfside Regional Hospice. She spent the majority of those hours doing a variety of tasks for Gulfside – from volunteering in the Zephyrhills Thrift Shoppe to visiting patients and calling families through Gulfside’s bereavement program. She also is active in promoting Gulfside Regional Hospice in the community by working information booths at various fairs and festivals throughout Pasco County.
“Her love and understanding of human nature is clearly reflected in her unconditional acceptance of all people and the humility with which she goes about her duties, with a kind smile and good word for everyone,” read Kelly Milner, Director of Volunteer Services. “Gulfside and more specifically our patients are very blessed to have her.”
Other volunteers were given Most Outstanding Service Awards during the banquet for their specialized service at Gulfside for the following locations and departments for the previous fiscal year:
• Virginia Boren, Bereavement
• Nathan Mahon, Veterans
• Gus DePietto, Community Relations/Development
• Suman Ravi, Office, East
• Nancy Johnson, Office, West
• Maggie Taffs, Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills
• Romaine Koepp, Patient Care, East
• Amparo Fecto, Patient Care, Central
• Harry Amwake, Patient Care, West
• Marge Kranich, New Port Richey Thrift Shoppe
• Sharon Miller, Hudson Thrift Shoppe
• Giselle Conner, Zephyrhills Thrift Shoppe
• Penny Hiner, Dade City Thrift Shoppe
• Kathy Dearstine, Lutz Thrift Shoppe
• Pat Jones, Board Member
“Gulfside has been so blessed with all these amazing volunteers,” said Linda Ward, President and CEO of Gulfside. “They truly are the heart of this company and we would not be where we are today without every single one of them.”
Gulfside’s volunteer managers recognized the 39 volunteers who reached five years of volunteer service in the fiscal year 2012-2013, nine volunteers who reached ten years of volunteer service, and one volunteer who reached 15 years of volunteer service. Thirteen volunteers who have given more than 500 volunteer hours were also recognized. Renee Wingeier gave the most of her time with 1,835 volunteer hours in the last fiscal year, with Jean Cooper just behind her at 1,808. Last fiscal year, 80,671 hours were donated to Gulfside by volunteers.
Gulfside is always in need of volunteers, and holds trainings monthly throughout Pasco County. For more information about volunteering with the organization, call 1-800-561-4883.
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 525 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 800-561-4883 or visit www.GRHospice.org.