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For more information about the gala, contact Leigh Bluestein at leighb@hospicecaring.org or


Photos from our 2017 Silver Linings Gala

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profi­t organization registered with the State of Maryland, and our EIN is 52-1591455. A copy of our current ­financial statement is available by contacting Hospice Caring, Inc. at 518 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD20877 or at 301-869-4673. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary

Saturday, September 22, 2018

6:00 pm -11:00 pm
Columbia Country Club
7900 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

​​​​​​​​Thank You to Our Early Sponsors!*

Silver Star Sponsor:​

Colleen and Ron Luzier

Silver Platter Sponsors: 
Linda and Ian Kramer

​The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation​

Silver Spoon Sponsors:
Sandra and Pete Bracken
​EDGE Floral Event Designers
​Carl M. Freeman Foundation
Steve and Jane Halpin

Richard Kay
Revere Bank

Toni Robinson

Jacquie and Stephen Tennant

Silver Dollar Sponsors:

The Braunstein Group CPAs

Lisa and Sean Creamer

Davis Construction

David Engel, TowerHill Realty
Gimmel, Weiman, Ersek, Blomberg
​& Lewis, PA
Sara and Jim Harris
Tom and Clare Keller

M & T Bank
Kathy McCallum

Nancy and Joe Richardson
Audrey Rothstein Photography

​US Wellness

*sponsors as of August 16, 2018 listed

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities!

Master of Ceremonies: 

Councilmember Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council

​Legacy Honoree: ​

The Vilardo Family, in memory of Dick and Jody Vilardo
Dick and Jody Vilardo had a true love and by all accounts completed each other. With his vibrant personality, Dick truly wanted everyone around him to succeed. Jody’s quiet strength and supportive nature were remarkable.  Above all, the Vilardos cherished their family, including their two children, Katy and Andy.

On Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015, Dick and Jody’s lives were tragically cut short due to an act of violence. It’s easy to let the tragedy overshadow the people affected, but the Vilardo children believed that their parents deserved more. Endlessly proud of their parents, they wanted to find a way to honor and preserve their legacy. They founded the Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation to continue giving back to the community in their honor. 

In 2017, they were drawn to Hospice Caring after learning about Camp Erin. Katy became a camp volunteer and felt an immediate connection to the mission and the children. She found the experience life changing and became even more involved in Hospice Caring. After undergoing additional training, she’s ready to facilitate Good Grief Clubs, as well. The Vilardo Foundation is Hospice Caring’s largest donor this year, supporting Camp Erin and other children’s bereavement programs.  

Loyalty Honoree:

Toni Robinson, Hospice Caring Volunteer

​When Toni was in massage school, she was asked to provide the segment of Hospice Caring’s training on touch. Amazed by the level of commitment and degree of service from the staff and volunteers, she instantly felt at home.  She became immersed in the organization, finding inspiration in the compassion and dedication of the extraordinary people there. 

A retired database architect from Lockheed Martin, Toni is also a massage therapist, photographer and a former teacher who has lent her many talents and skills, to Hospice Caring. Currently, she volunteers multiple days each week at The Cottage (and sometimes remotely, even from other countries), helping the organization grow by skillfully managing their database and email systems. Toni has volunteered for nearly every program at Hospice Caring. However, she is most proud and passionate about her work with the children’s programs. Through the Good Grief Club and Camp Erin, she watches the children heal as they form bonds and learn that they are not alone in their grief and she is honored to be part of their journey.

Corporate Leadership Honoree:

If you are lucky, there is someone in your life who will inspire you to do more and be more. For Nancy Richardson, owner of Bar-T, that person was Shirley Kay, her high school guidance counselor. Shirley introduced Nancy to Hospice Caring and it wasn’t long before Nancy realized why the organization meant so much to her mentor. Struck by the wonderful volunteers and staff, Nancy soon became involved, volunteering and eventually joining the board. Currently, she serves as the chair of Hospice Caring’s Board of Directors and remains involved with Bar-T, although her son, Joe, has taken over day-to-day operations. A premier childcare provider, the company operates before and after school programming, summer camps, outdoor education, corporate team building, and events in Maryland and Virginia.

For Bar-T, the partnership with Camp Erin was a natural fit. Camp experts since 1984, they understood how important the relationships made at camp could be for a child. Many aspects of Camp Erin are the same as any other camp. Bar-T hosts Camp Erin at their Mountainside site, providing the campgrounds at no charge. Nancy’s family and other Bar-T staff volunteer their time as Camp Erin Big Buddies, serving the 50 children who attend each year.