Hospice Hikers Raise $32,000 for SOMC

A record number of 753 supporters, volunteers and community members helped to collect more than $32,000 in funds during the 2009 Hike for Hospice at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

“This was the largest turn out we’ve ever had and the weather cooperated perfectly. It was such a fantastic day all around,” Sheila Riggs, claims and information systems coordinator of SOMC Hospice Services, said.

Teams of five to 60 participants sported signs and T-shirts of various colors, names and slogans during the hike, which raises funds annually for SOMC Hospice Services and is held as a tribute to all hospice patients and their family members.

The event was sponsored in part by Blackburn’s Supermarket, The Community Common, Crispie Crème Donuts, Kroger (Wheelersburg), Life Ambulance, OSCO, Partlow’s Auto Sales, SACS, Scents from Heaven, Subway Sandwiches & Salads (East End Gallia), Tim Horton’s, Union Mills Bakery and Westside IGA.

“Our services rely on the support of our community and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” Beverly Stringer, volunteer coordinator of SOMC Hospice Services, said. “We greatly extend our gratitude to everyone who attended, helped behind the scenes, and made this our most successful hike to date.”

Team and individual winners of various categories also were announced at the hike’s conclusion and include:

Team Awards: Largest Total Donation OSCO

Most Sponsors Golden Bears

Largest Team Donald’s Rays

Largest Business Affiliated Team OSCO

Largest Community Based Team Golden Bears

Most Family Members Mike’s Crew

Most Original Team Costume Larry King Family

Youth Group with the Most Participants Eclectic Cloves 4-H Individual Awards: Largest Total Donation 1. Dr. Suzann Bonzo 2. Thelma Shirey

Most Sponsors 1. Thelma Shirey 2. Dr. Suzann Bonzo

Oldest Hiker Aileen Kuhner