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2017-10-20 / Business Briefs

Windber Hospice receives horse show donation


Pictured from left to right: Tom Kurtz, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) president; Denny Hutchin­son, event chairperson; Niomie Collins; Shirley Beynon; Kristie Berkebile, Windber Home Health and Hospice director; Don Smith; and Jessica Klosky, Windber Hospice volunteer coordinator. 
Photo courtesy of CSSMCW Pictured from left to right: Tom Kurtz, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) president; Denny Hutchin­son, event chairperson; Niomie Collins; Shirley Beynon; Kristie Berkebile, Windber Home Health and Hospice director; Don Smith; and Jessica Klosky, Windber Hospice volunteer coordinator. Photo courtesy of CSSMCW WINDBER, PA - The Greater Johnstown Saddle Club and Golden Star Horse Farm presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to Windber Hospice from their 16th Annual Benefit Horse Show that was held on August 19 and 20 at the Greater Johnstown Saddle Club in Salix.

Denny Hutchinson, event chairperson, said, “We had another wonderful event this year. We couldn’t do it without the efforts and dedication of our volunteers, the good folks who turned out, and the loyal riders who come every year, rain or shine, to support this great cause!”

More than 200 participants patronized the yearly event, which included trick and Roman riding; gaming and fun classes; a flag ceremony; and showmanship, halter, and performance classes.

“We greatly appreciate the ongoing support and commitment of the Horse Show Committee, the Johnstown Saddle Club, Golden Star Horse Farm, and the residents of our community. This support has enabled Windber Hospice the opportunity to continue growth in our holistic philosophy with a focus on integrative therapies including therapeutic music, massage therapy, flower essences, and reflection photos. We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the committee who share our vision in providing quality end-of-life care to those with a life-limiting illness,” said Kristie Berkebile, Windber home health and hospice director.

The group has raised a total of $258,000 for Windber Hospice throughout the past 16 years. This year’s donation will support new patient televisions in Windber Hospice, as well as the music therapy program.

Next year’s show will be held on August 18 and 19.

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