Hospice of the Western Reserve’s volunteers were recently treated to a concert by the Rocky River Community Chorus at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake. This small act was a form of appreciation for the successful culmination of the “Gift of Music” campaign. In all, the campaign raised more than $32,000, which allowed the purchase of a new grand piano, two digital pianos and additional support for the music therapy program.

This campaign was conceived and led by volunteer Don Stark of West Park, who had a vision that a grand piano would be the “heart” of the new hospice house, which recently opened its doors to patients last summer. More than a hundred volunteers from various parts of the organisation came together to donate more than $21,000 to the campaign. “I’m so pleased that all of my fellow volunteers stepped up to make this happen. It’s quite amazing to see this grow from what started as a little idea to a successful conclusion,” stated Don.

Aside from the volunteers, the Kulas Foundation also played quite a significant role in the “Gift of Music” campaign by providing a grant of $11,000 as well as invaluable expertise in evaluating and choosing the instruments. Back in 1994, the foundation also provided funds to aid in the purchase of a grand piano in Hospice of the Western Reserve’s east side in-patient care facility, David Simpson Hospice House, on E. 185th Street.

For this new grand piano, it will serve as the centerpiece of the great room, where families and friends can come together to play familiar tunes and enjoy spending quality time together. It will also be made used of during special events and ceremonies such as “Meal to Remember” and Veterans’ Recognition Ceremonies. The formal treats both hospice patients and their caregivers to gourmet meals that is being prepared by different Cleveland restaurants every month. As for the latter, it honors and gives thanks towards hospice patients for their military service. The digital pianos also serves as a tool for music therapy. They are also being used in the meditation room, where patients and families tend to gather for reflection, prayer, meditation and religious ceremonies. For more of the story, you can read it from here.

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