From left to right, Jean Fleming, Claire Piason, Joy and Jerry Cozzens

Prince Frederick, MD – On a bright sunny day, a beautiful vineyard within a rural community is a wonderful place to be and behold. At night, it helps to have light. Appropriately, Calvert Hospice, an entity that provides a spark of light at dark times, held their major fundraiser Thursday, Sept. 6 at Running Hare Vineyard. This was the local hospice’s second year of hosting “An Evening in the Vineyard.” The four-hour event featured a variety of food prepared and served by Elegance by Maryland Country Caterers. The menu included salmon, mussels and kebab plus gelato. As you would expect at a vineyard, there was plenty of wine for consumption. with temperatures in low 80s, plenty of water was available and consumed in an effort to counter the heat. 

A mix of music was performed by NightLife. The DC-based group performed familiar tunes like Uptown Funk, Stand By Me and early-on, mixed in a few instrumentals, including the all-but-forgotten Park Avenue Beat (who remembers what TV show used that as its theme?).

Over 20 businesses, agencies and individuals contributed items for a silent auction. The items up for bids included gift baskets, handcrafted works by local artists, jewelry and other unique items.

Around the midway point of the event Jerry and Joy Cozzens of Prince Frederick presented a check to Calvert Hospice Executive Director Jean Fleming and Director of Development Claire Piason. The Cozzens’ held a fundraiser earlier this summer at Running Hare Vineyard featuring The Long Run, a Florida-based Eagles tribute band. In the past they had hosted the event at their home. The Cozzens’ check was in the amount of $42,509. Jerry Cozzens thanked the community for their generosity but challenged attendees to raise the bar higher. He explained that several generations of his family have benefited from hospice’s end-of-life services and bereavement counseling.

“It’s a beautiful night and it’s a great cause,” remarked one the attendees while mingling with the crowd.

All the money raised from “An Evening in the Vineyard” will help support the Burnett Calvert Hospice House. According to local hospice officials, in 2017 45 percent of the Burnett Calvert Hospice House required financial assistance to cover their room and board. Hospice turns no one away from the house.

In addition to several event sponsors, Calvert Hospice partners—Dominion Energy, Medart Gallery and Custom Framing, and Floor Systems—as well as the host, Running Hare Vineyard, made An Evening in the Vineyard possible.

To learn more about Calvert Hospice, visit their web site.

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