Coastal Hospice

7th Annual Hats for Hospice Preakness Party a Success Thanks to the Support of the Community

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The 7th Annual Hats for Hospice Preakness Party benefiting Coastal Hospice was a record-setting success despite heavy rains and a location change. The signature fundraiser for charity care hosted 177 attendees and raised more than $22,000.

The funds raised support patients of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties who do not have resources for care or who have needs that extend beyond their insurance coverage.

Every year, a dedicated committee of volunteers helps organize this Preakness Day event. We would like to personally thank co-chairs Diana Barber and Alan Merritt-Hyle, the Hats contest co-chair Kathleen Abercrombie, and committee members Nancie Booth, Jenna Bowne, Hope Morgan and Nancy Hall.

One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the Charter Society Anchor Award to Dirk and Gayle Widdowson. The couple has cultivated significant financial support, volunteered much of their time to support the mission, and they demonstrate leadership, compassion and generosity.

Sponsorships are critical to the success of the event. We want to personally and publicly acknowledge the following sponsors for their support: Jack and Marge Duer, Kuhn’s Jewelers, Bruce and Cindy Leiner, Ronald and Hope Morgan, Phyllis Vinyard, Dirk and Gayle Widdowson, Diana and Ed Barber, CATO Gas and Oil, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Alan and William Hyle, William and Nancy Hall, Ginnie Malone Realty, Debbie and Rodney Abbott, Charles Brown Glass Co., Chesapeake AG Cargo LLC, Companion Home Care, David and Donna Hanlin, Edward and Patricia Klopp, Nelson Insurance Company, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Jim and Jan Perdue, Silicato Development, Widdowson and Dashiell PA, William Staples Insurance and Financial, and Yard Designs.

The event would not have been complete without the 17 talented hat designers who turned hats donated by Vernon Powell Shoes into majestic pieces of art. The community voted for their favorite hats by sending in donations. Hats off to the designers!

Our appreciation goes out to Ocean City Golf Club for hosting the event on short notice, and to our celebrity bartenders: Lisa Bryant of Delmarva Life on WBOC and Daniel Johnson, chief meteorologist on WMDT. We are also grateful for the in-kind support from Candy Kitchen, Impact Audio and City Florist.

Thanks to this generous community, we can continue to deliver on our promise to put our patients’ needs and goals first in all we do.


Alane K. Capen
President, Coastal Hospice