SOURCE: National Hospice Foundation

March 19, 2008 09:29 ET

2008 National Hospice Foundation Gala to Recognize National and International Advocates

Inaugural Buchwald Spirit Award for Public Awareness to Be Presented

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - The 2008 National Hospice Foundation Gala -- "A Red Carpet Affair" -- will be held on Friday, April 11, 2008, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This year's event will applaud some of the noted celebrities who have generously lent their influence to support hospice and palliative care at the local, national and international levels.

Bob Schieffer, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent and Moderator of Face the Nation, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The evening will include a silent auction, dinner, and a post party with dancing and desserts, but the highlight of the event will be the special awards presentation.

--  Melissa Gilbert, actor, producer and pediatric care advocate, will
    accept the Humanitarian Leadership Award in recognition of her work on
    behalf of children facing life-limiting conditions. Ms. Gilbert is the
    board president of the Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition and
    spokesperson for the Partnering for Children campaign launched by NHPCO,
    NHF and CHPCC in 2007.
--  Mary Fisher, artist, author and an international champion who has cast
    a spotlight on the great need for compassionate hospice and palliative care
    in sub-Saharan Africa, will be honored with the Global Vision Award.
--  NHF will present the inaugural Buchwald Spirit Award for Public
    Awareness to writer and director Steve Stockman and leading actor Julianne
    Nicholson for their work on the film "Two Weeks."  The award is named in
    memory of the late humor columnist Art Buchwald, who became an outspoken
    advocate for hospice care during the last year of his life.

"The opportunity to support and celebrate hospice and palliative care in the U.S. not only honors those in the hospice community who work so diligently on behalf of quality end-of-life care, but it provides the opportunity to salute dedicated individuals who through their personal efforts create awareness, increase understanding and promote care that is so important to people facing life-limiting illness," said J. Donald Schumacher, president of NHF.

Reservations for the black-tie gala are now being accepted, tickets range from $250 to $750. Table sponsorships are available starting at $5,000. For information, visit, or call 703/516-4928.

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