Loyalty Honorees: Pam Hard and Jacquie Tennant
Volunteers are the backbone of Hospice Caring, and this year’s Loyalty Award honors Pam Hard and Jacquie Tennant, two extraordinary women who have been long time volunteers as caregivers and service coordinators, mentoring and supervising other volunteers. When asked separately what compels them to give so generously of their time, expertise and financial support, both say they are driven by a similar desire to work with people who are facing death, which in turn offers an appreciation for life.
“What we’re taught in hospice training is that we live with someone until they die. You don’t die with them, you live with them,” says Jacquie Tennant, a volunteer with Hospice Caring for more than 20 years. “It’s not about me, it’s about the person. It really teaches one to become a better person.”
This sentiment was echoed by Pam Hard, a former nurse who has been volunteering since 2003. “When I went to school, death wasn’t even talked about,” says Pam Hard. “This is nursing at its purest.”
For years, Pam and Jacquie have been leaders in helping Hospice Caring define its mission and keep the organization on course. They have also both helped with fundraisers by donating items to auctions, sponsoring events, and engaging others with the organization. Both are dedicated advocates for Volunteer Helping Hands, Hospice Caring's patient and family services program, and incredible caregivers who later became service coordinators, opening cases and assigning volunteers.
“Pam’s enthusiasm and love of this organization has been instrumental in keeping our door open these many years,” says Penny Gladhill, founder of Hospice Caring. “And you will never see Jacquie sad, for she fills those around her with her love and enlightening spirit. These two women teach us how to caregive.”
Thank You to Our Early Sponsors*
Silver Platter Sponsors
Bill and Pam Hard
Richard & Rebecca Kay/
Larry Kay & Meredith Rodnan
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Silver Spoon Sponsor
EDGE Floral Event Designers
The Carl M. Freeman Foundation
Stephen and Jane Halpin
Hoar Construction & Design Collective, Inc.
Colleen & Ron Luzier
Mitchell & Best Next Door LLC
USAA Real Estate Company
Silver Dollar Sponsors
Sandra and Pete Bracken
Scott and Patrice Brickman
Gimmel, Weiman, Ersek, Blomberg & Lewis, P.A.
Sara and Jim Harris
Tom and Clare Keller
Ted and Lynn Leonsis
The Meltzer Group
Dr. Ken Miller and Joan Heller Miller
Audrey Rothstein Photography
Jacquie and Steve Tennant
*Sponsors as of September 1, 2016 listed
Corporate Leadership Honoree:Shulman Rogers
The law firm of Shulman Rogers has been supporting Hospice Caring for nearly 20 years. Heather Mehigan, a shareholder in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, is a valued member of the Board of Trustees and a former member of the Board of Directors. The firm routinely sponsors events which raise thousands of dollars to support critical Hospice programs, including the annual Hospice Caring Bowlathon held each fall. In addition to being a consistent and generous sponsor of the annual gala, in 2015, Shulman Rogers participated in the first annual Law Rocks Washington, DC competition, with their band playing to benefit Hospice Caring.
“Shulman Rogers is truly a community-minded and philanthropic firm,” says Allison Stearns, Executive Director of Hospice Caring. “Hospice Caring is fortunate to have their ongoing support, and to have advocates like Heather Mehigan and Lori Swim, as well as many others from the firm, who support our work.”
Photos from our 2014 and 2015 Silver Linings Galas
Legacy Honorees: Larry Kay & Meredith Rodnan and Richard & Rebecca Kay, in memory of their mother Shirley Kay
Dr. Shirley Kay’s legacy of supporting people through challenging circumstances continues even five years after her death. As a high school guidance counselor in the Montgomery County school system for 35 years, as well as a private children and family therapist and head counselor at Camp Monroe in New York, she worked with kids with a clarity and dedication that belied her no-nonsense demeanor. “My mother was a huge advocate for kids,” says her son, Larry Kay. “She treated them with respect and always made sure they got the help they needed.”
Adored by students and principals alike, Dr. Kay gave her undivided attention to everyone with whom she worked, a rare gift that continued to blossom after her retirement. Her service as a member of the Hospice Caring Board of Directors and as a past chair helped shape and significantly change the organization. A tireless advocate for Children's Bereavement Programs and services, Dr. Kay will always be part of the spirit of Camp Erin Montgomery County© (formerly known as Camp Caring), an overnight weekend camp for children who are grieving the death of a loved one. Her devotion to the mission of Camp Caring has helped hundreds of children find peer support and skilled professionals to aid them through their grief.
The children and families who benefited from Dr. Kay’s dedication are many; however, those who were part of her immediate family are part of a small, intensely loving tribe who still ask themselves, “What would Shirley do?” Her relationship with her sons, Larry and Richard Kay, and her grandchildren will forever be associated with her legacy of caring for children. She was such formidable personality and touched so many people that her children often joke that the first words out of a person’s mouth, after hello, was typically, "How is your mother”? “For a while, I thought about making a t-shirt that read, ‘My mother is fine. Thank you for asking,’” jokes Larry Kay. “She was the voice of reason and sanity for so many people.”
Dr. Kay’s insights, strong beliefs and compassion will be forever ingrained in Hospice Caring's core values.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Columbia Country Club
7900 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Free Valet Parking
For ticket inquires contact Catherine Stahl at
Celebrate our Honorees:
Master of Ceremonies:
Councilmember Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council
Linda M. Ellington, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Mitchell & Best Homes, Hospice Caring Trustee
Tori Tomlinson, President and CEO of U.S. Wellness, Hospice Caring Board of Directors
Anu Sharman, Hospice Caring Board of Directors
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