Central United Methodist Church donates $25,000 to Hospice of the EUP

SAULT STE. MARIE – Central United Methodist Church has donated $25,000 to help the Hospice of the EUP overcome funding shortfalls due to the pandemic-related cancellation of the 2021 Madrigal Dinner and the postponement of Dancing with the Stars 2021.

“While our general giving remained on track in 2021, the loss of these two great events forces us to close a shortfall of nearly $100,000,” said Tracey Holt, Hospice of the EUP Director. “The contribution of the Central United Methodist Church really helps offset some of the loss.”

The Central United Methodist Church gives endowment funds annually to special groups in the community. Barb Carlisle, Board Member of the Endowment Fund, is a hospice volunteer who initiated the contribution to the EUP’s hospice and she was unanimously endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Central United Methodist Church.

“The general consensus is that everyone in the community benefits from hospice,” Carlisle said. “We all have experience with hospice or know someone who has experience. Pastor Vickie (Hadaway) dropped the check in while I happened to be working there. People hear about the hospice. And once they’ve experienced it, they’re just blown away.”

The leaders of the Central United Methodist Church hope their contribution will motivate other churches or community benefactors to support Hospice of the EUP.

“The community has always come out on top for us, and we strive to reciprocate,” Holt said of the 40-year-old organization, which is funded entirely by private donations. “And we look forward to bringing back Dancing with the Stars this spring and Madrigal Dinner next fall.”

For information about the Hospice of the EUP, to make a donation, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact Holt, [email protected] or (906) 259-0222.

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