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Local Family Hosts Fundraiser
to Benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice

Lawrence, Mass. –   A local family was so touched by the end of life services their father, Richard Barker, received during the winter of 2007 from Merrimack Valley Hospice, they wanted to do something to give back.  The family was so grateful for the care provided by Merrimack Valley Hospice that they planned a fundraiser event in memory of their loved one to benefit the non-profit organization. 

Beth Torla, daughter of Richard and Constance Barker, wife of Richard, held a Barbeque Birthday Party on Sunday, June 30th at the Berkely Club in Lawrence in memory of Richard. The family acquired product donations and support for the event from several local businesses including Haverhill Beef, the Berkeley Club, and Dube Lock Company.  

Funds were raised through a $10.00 suggested donation per person attendance the event and through a raffle.  Over $4,000 was raised at the event to benefit patient care at Merrimack Valley Hospice.  The fundraising event was so successful that the family plans to make this Barbeque Birthday Party in Memory of Richard an annual event. 

“Every year, we have several community members help us raise funds for Merrimack Valley Hospice that amount to significant resources for the organization,” said Janine Papesh, Manager of Development at Merrimack Valley Hospice. 

“We are so honored to be chosen by these families and truly appreciate their efforts.”

If you or someone you know would like to make Merrimack Valley Hospice recipients of a fundraising activity, please contact, Janine Papesh, Manager of Development at jpapesh@homehealthfoundation.org

Merrimack Valley Hospice is a not for profit agency affiliated with Home Health VNA and HomeCare, Inc.  Together, the three agencies serve more than 80 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.  Visit them on the web at www.merrimackvalleyhospice.org

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