For more information about the gala, contact Catherine Stahl at or 301-990-7927.

Photos from our 2014, 2015 & 2016 Silver Linings Galas

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

​Silver Platter Sponsor:
Lois K. and Conrad V. Aschenbach
​The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
​Miller and Long Co., Inc.
The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation​

Silver Spoon Sponsors:
Bar T Inc
Sandra and Pete Bracken
​EDGE Floral Event Designers
​Carl M. Freeman Foundation
​Irma Poretsky
Revere Bank

Jacquie and Stephen Tennant

​Turner Construction Company

Silver Dollar Sponsors:

ABC Supply Co., Inc.
Balfour Beatty

Bernie Buteau

Clark Construction
DAVIS Construction
Gimmel, Weiman, Ersek, Blomberg
​& Lewis, PA

Steve and Jane Halpin

Bill and Pam Hard
Sara and Jim Harris
​Hoar Construction
Tom and Clare Keller

​Linda and Ian Kramer
​Colleen and Ron Luzier

M&T Bank
Kathy McCallum

Dr. Ken Miller and Joan Heller Miller

​Miles & Stockbridge 

Prudent Management Associates
Audrey Rothstein Photography

​US Wellness

The Zembiec Family

*sponsors as of September 5, 2017 listed

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities!

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 23, 2017

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

Free Valet Parking

Cocktail Attire

United Way #8365 | CFC #42512

Honorary Co-Chairs:
Michelle Freeman and Richard Kay

Master of Ceremonies: 

Councilmember Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council

​Legacy Honoree: ​
Pamela Zembiec, in memory of her late husband,​ Major Douglas Zembiec

​Major Doug Zembiec was the embodiment of service who inspired everyone around him to do more and be more. A decorated officer in the military who was working on a secret mission for the CIA, Major Zembiec’s love for the military and serving his country was only surpassed by his love for his wife, Pam, and their baby girl, Fallyn.

When Pam Zembiec answered the door in May 2007, no one could have prepared her for what came next. “Pam, Doug is gone. He was killed in an ambush.” For a military spouse, the fear that your loved one might not come home never truly prepares you for the reality. Pam could have easily been lost in the tragedy and she admits that it took time and takes continuous work not to be. Eventually, Pam’s loss would become her purpose and her strength would guide her benevolence.

Pam first learned about Hospice Caring when her daughter was invited to participate in a Good Grief Club at her school. Worried about what would happen if the loss of Fallyn’s father wasn’t properly addressed, Pam sent her to the group. She now credits that experience for making a difference in her daughter’s life and, eventually, her own. Fallyn embraced being around kids who had lost a parent just as she had, and enjoyed her time so much that she went on to attend Hospice Caring’s Camp Caring (now called Camp Erin).

Although he is gone, Doug’s legacy will never be forgotten.“…Believe in something bigger than yourself. Serve your country. Teach. Mentor. Give something back to society…” Doug’s own words would become Pam’s guide to giving back. She began running the Marine Corps Marathon in his honor. She organized fundraisers. Pam even worked with Cross Fit to have a workout designed in Doug’s memory. Today, she is a volunteer Adult Bereavement Support Group facilitator at Hospice Caring for a group serving those grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces (provided in partnership with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)). This work complements her ongoing support for military and CIA serving organizations-Travis Manion Foundation and Third Option Foundation.

Pam’s book about her husband, Selfless Beyond Service: A Story About the Husband, Son, Father Behind the Lion of Fallejuh is available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.

Loyalty Honoree:

Jeffrey Z. Slavin, Mayor of the Town of Somerset in Chevy Chase, MD

​If you are familiar with Montgomery County and you know philanthropy, most likely, you know (or know of) Jeffrey Slavin. The child of a social worker and an entrepreneur, the lifelong Montgomery County resident realized at a young age that opportunity begets opportunity.  His parents inspired him to realize the worth of people and understand the value of connecting them to resources, and services. “You don’t have to travel to Ward 8 to see people in need,” says Slavin. “Montgomery County has people in need also.” His upbringing and desire to make change led to successful ventures in real estate, taking the helm of his family’s foundation, and most recently, public service.

The mayor of Somerset since 2008, Jeffrey’s interest in philanthropy inspired his decision to run for mayor. He thought it important to leverage the giving of the affluent community to inspire others to “give where you live.” He also joined boards and became entrenched with a number of Democratic Party groups, staying aware and involved with the issues and challenges faced by the county’s residents.

In 2011, Jeffrey was awarded the Philanthropist of the Year by the Community Foundation for Montgomery County and the award became a driving force and personal mission for him. He realized that area nonprofits were in need of not just financial benevolence, but advocates and matchmakers as well.

It led him to Hospice Caring in 2014, melding a long history with Executive Director Allison Stearns and his desire to connect organizations that are changing lives to individuals who should be supporting them. Hospice Caring’s compassionate approach to death and dying hit close to home when Jeffrey’s father died in December 2014.

“When my father died, I experienced first-hand just how meaningful it is to have caring support at the end of life,” said Slavin. “Hospice Caring is a treasure in our community.”  In 2015, he joined Hospice Caring's Board of Trustees.

Each May, Jeffrey opens his home to more than seventy-five Hospice Caring supporters for wine-tasting, good food, and great conversation about an issue that everyone will experience. The event has become a favorite for board, staff, donors, and supporters alike who mark their calendars to “raise their glass” each year.

He follows that by volunteering at Barnes and Noble in Bethesda during the holidays as a fundraiser for Hospice Caring. He wraps gifts, talks to patrons, and shares the mission of Hospice Caring with everyone with whom he comes in contact. 

Corporate Leadership Honoree:
Revere Bank

Revere Bank has provided support to Hospice Caring for the past seven years and for over 20 years including predecessor banks. Since 2011, the company has sponsored the annual gala, and additionally, they have been the lead sponsor for Hospice Caring’s “Raise Your Glass” fundraiser since its inception in 2015. Most notably, Co-President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Cook serves as a trustee for Hospice Caring. He, along with his wife, Julie, participates in various Hospice Caring activities to connect the community with the organization and raise operating funds.

At work, Cook and Co-President and CEO Andrew Flott encourage their colleagues to get involved and have a positive impact on the community around them.  In the past, their colleagues have volunteered at Hospice Caring’s galas, participated in the annual Bowl-a-thon fundraiser, and helped paint Hospice Caring’s office (known as the cottage).

Revere Bank supports dozens of nonprofits in its market, but the company takes great pride in working with nonprofits with exceptional missions. According to Cook, “Hospice Caring’s mission and goodness can touch any Montgomery County family, and they are truly about giving care and comfort. It is so easy to see all of the good that they do with such a very small staff.”

Hospice Caring is a proud recipient of Revere Bank’s enormous generosity, given through time and sponsorships. They are a remarkable example of corporate citizenship.