Hosparus Health Candle Glow Gala

Andy Ford, Melanie Plumb, Hosparus Health President/CEO Phil Marshall and Kathi Marshall. Photo by Bill Wine.

This year, Hosparus Health is celebrating 40 years of serving people in our community and beyond with hospice care. To share in the excitement and raise funds for continuing their work, the organization will hold its 13th annual Candle Glow Gala on Dec. 1. To learn more about the fun event and the impactful nonprofit, we spoke with Event and Donor Development Coordinator Victoria Coleman.

What to Expect

“This year, guests can expect powerful stories of compassion and caring from families who have received Hosparus Health care,” said Coleman. “The event is a celebration of 40 years of hospice services while looking toward the future of expanded care for the communities we serve.” Additionally, many of Hosparus Health’s original founders will be in attendance and/or recognized at the event.

“This year’s gala is truly a celebration of everyone that has made 40 years of compassionate care possible,” she continued. “From our founders to our future partners in the community, this night is a chance to celebrate them and the many patients and families we have served – past, present and future.”

How it Helps

2017 Candle Glow Gala. Photo by Bill Wine.

Money raised from the gala supports programs and services provided to patients and families. “Funds support Kourageous Kids, the oldest pediatric hospice and palliative care program in the nation (as well as) our inpatient unit downtown on the top floor of the Norton Pavilion,” said Coleman. “Funds (also) support our comprehensive grief counseling center, serving anyone in the community that has suffered a loss, whether they used our care or not. Forty percent of our bereavement care is for families who have experienced sudden loss.”

Hosparus Health is available for individuals with a serious or chronic illness well before the need for hospice care. “At the time of diagnosis, we can help those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, congestive heart failure and more to improve their quality of life,” Coleman explained. “(We) ensure everyone in need of our care receives the best possible care, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Who to Thank

“This event would not be possible without the generous support of donors and sponsors,” said Coleman. “We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our co-presenting sponsors, McGriff Insurance Services and The Bufford Family Foundation, as well as to our gold sponsors – Harshaw Trane, Republic Bank and The Voice-Tribune.”

Serving Veterans

“Our We Honor Veterans program cares for those who have served our country and is top priority for Hosparus Health,” Coleman affirmed. “In 2017, almost 20 percent of our patients served were veterans, and that number continues to grow. Through We Honor Veterans, we pair veteran volunteers with our veteran patients.”

Aging Innovation

“Hosparus Health is, and has always been, a leader in innovation,” said Coleman. “Our CEO, Phil Marshall, is one of the founders of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council and now serves as the board chair for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation. Louisville truly is the aging innovation capital of the world. We are proud to play an integral part in the innovation that will change the way we care for our aging population across the nation and right here at home.”

Looking Forward

“We will continue to provide the highest quality of care and the most compassionate services to the community and have set a lofty goal of serving 10,000 patients and families a year by 2021,” Coleman stated. “We believe every patient and family deserves the best possible care, never turning away a patient in need.” VT

Candle Glow Gala

Omni Louisville Hotel

6 p.m. Dec. 1




By the Numbers

114,000 – number of patients served in the last 40 years

8,000 – individual patients and families served in 2018

In the top 20 largest nonprofit hospice providers in the nation

27 – counties served in Kentucky

10 – counties served in Indiana

49,174 – volunteer hours contributed in 2017