Holiday Elegance Fashion Show benefits Bereavement Center

Holiday Elegance Fashion Show – An elegant event for the fashion conscious

November 1, 2016 – Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and Krave Café and Catering will present the third annual “Holiday Elegance” fashion show on November 10, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Conservatory, located at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.

The red carpet, fashion show will showcase elegant holiday fashions for both men and women that will take you through the holidays…from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve…from family functions to formal functions. Attendees will be inspired by fashions for men from Onore and Felicia’s Boutique for women. Both designers are located in Sparta, NJ.

“For over 30 years our passion has been for fine men’s clothing. In today’s world, when most people order everything online, it’s difficult to find a full service tailor to customize your entire shopping experience. That is what we do, that is what we love,” said Richard Cintron, co-owner of Onore –  Fine Tailored Elegance.

“Our clients can visit us at our stores in New Jersey and New York or we can visit them for a full at-home or office wardrobe consultation. We take over 30 different measurements of your body to make sure that whatever we deliver to you has been crafted and tailored with care. We focus on the most minuscule detail,” said Cintron.

Phyllis Flanagan, owner of Felicia’s Boutique said, “Our philosopy is giving people good clothing, great value and the latest in fashion.” Flanagan, who also owns Flowers in the Attic, opened the clothing store, located in Sparta’s Upper Lake Plaza, in 2013. Felicia’s Boutique carries many familiar name brand lines and features jewelry, accessories, shoes and handbags.

There will be 22 “celebrity” models on the runway at the event. They include: Mary Bezak, Mira Cocozziello, Dr. Jon Connolly, Tracey deWaal, Joe Dipaolo, Christina Furgeson, Jim Furgeson, Yanina M. Hupka, Dr. Cynthia Jones, Ginnie Littell, Dr. Alexandra Miller, Bob Nicholson, Dr. Chris Robertozzi, Louis Ruggiero, Tom Ryan, Beth Sylvester, Lou Sylvester, Dr. Ed Tirpack, Laura Tirpack, Robin Tomlinson and Chris Wolverton.

The event will feature cuisine from Krave Café and Catering, wine tasting and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will benefit the capital campaign for the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center provides grief support and counseling for hospice families and the community free of charge. The staff works to bring comfort and understanding to help families through difficult times. Individual counseling and ongoing support groups are offered. Support groups include: anticipatory grief support, school bereavement support, memorial services, grief lecture series, children’s bereavement art program and pet loss support.

The Bereavement Center is currently located in office space on Spring Street in Newton, NJ. The lease for the space expired in October and the center is seeking a permanent home in Sussex County.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by visiting or by calling 973-383-0115.

Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life


Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Makes More Meaningful Moments Possible

(NEWTON, NJ) – November is National Hospice Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Hospice is probably the most important thing that people don’t know about. That’s why raising awareness during National Hospice Month is so important,” said Cecelia Clayton, MPH, Executive Director at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. “ ‘Know You Options’ is the theme of this year’s national campaign. Patients facing a life-limited illness have the right to choose the care they want. It’s important to make your wishes known to your family and doctors before the need arises.”

“National Hospice Month brings awareness not only to the hospice program but also to the nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve.”

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is not a place. Hospice care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Hospice care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

As Nancy Gallo, a hospice volunteer at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice noted, “”Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is a wonderful organization that helped me and my family get through the toughest days of my husband’s battle with cancer and which helped Joe die with dignity in his own home. Words cannot express how grateful I am that Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice was there to help us in our darkest hours.”

“Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is truly a remarkable organization which provided us such amazing, unconditional support when we needed it most; thus, I felt the need to repay them in some way. To that end, I have been a volunteer at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice for over a year and absolutely love being a part of this wonderful organization,” said Gallo.

Throughout the month of November, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice care can be.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice opened on April 15, 1980, and is a not-for profit organization offering a full continuum of high quality medical, emotional and spiritual services to hospice patients, their family members and the community. The hospice has had remarkable growth and now serves Sussex, Warren, and Pike Counties. We are the preferred hospice provider for the Atlantic Health Care System in Sussex, Warren and Pike Counties.

In 2014, the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice opened. The Home for Hospice is the only free-standing in-patient provider for our area. The facility is designed to ensure that individuals with life-limiting illnesses who are not able to return to their own homes will receive gentle end-of-life care from our exceptional clinicians.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has many community activities planned during the month of November including: Haircuts for Hospice, Holiday Elegance Fashion Show, a Caregivers Essay contest in partnership with United Way Caregivers Coalition, hospice volunteer training, a Flag raising ceremony on Veteran’s Day, “It’s a Wonderful Life” holiday concert and more. We will also be issued a proclamation from the Board of Chosen Freeholders on November, 9 recognizing National Hospice Month.

Please visit our website at to learn more about all our upcoming events and more information about hospice and advance care planning.

Named official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award

logo_pvsa-1America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a nation.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award program is a great way to thank and honor those who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service during a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

Awards are given to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours. Lifetime achievement is recognized with a special President’s Call to Service Award, which honors those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service during the course of their lifetime.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has been named official Certifying Organization for The President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

The ability to bestow Presidential recognition to our volunteers is a tremendous honor.  

Helen Morgan students raise $3,700 for Bereavement Center





Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice would like to give a special thank you and shout out to Cindy Reigstad, a teacher at the Helen Morgan School, coordinator of the annual mini-marathon called the Bull Dog Run and all the students who collected pledges for the marathon.

All 500 students in the school, fourth and fifth graders, took part in the event that raised more than $3,700 for the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center.

Julia Quinlan was on hand to thank the students and to help release butterflies in the school’s butterfly garden. The garden was established when the town lost an entire family except for one daughter in a car accident.

Caregiver Essay Contest

caregivercontestflyebanner We want to know what you’ve learned in order to give a growing community of family caregivers the opportunity to learn from your experiences. We want to know: What have you learned? What’s your life like? What advice do you have for new caregivers? In exchange we are offering Visa® Gift Cards to the top three entries, as decided by our judges. HOW: Participants must submit a written essay of no more than five hundred (500) words expressing the participant’s greatest challenges and rewards while caring for a loved one. Each submission must be the participant’s own, original work. Each submission must include the participant’s full name and contact information including mailing address and telephone number. The contest begins October 15, 2016 and each submission must be received no later than 12:00 am EST, November 30, 2016. Only one submission is permitted per participant. Submissions must be received either (i) via the Internet form, which can be found at: below or (ii) via hard copy and mailed to: Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, Attn: Caregiver Stories, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860.

Please click the link for a complete essay contest rules caregiversessayrules2


Hunter Buckley, senior at Delaware Valley High School, was crowned Homecoming Queen on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
Different from many homecoming traditions, Delaware Valley High School challenged the Homecoming Court to raise money for their selected charity; the male and female who raised the most would be crowned Homecoming King and Queen. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice was honored to be selected as the focus of Hunter’s fundraising efforts and greatly appreciates the generous donation of just over $1,000.00.  Thank you, Hunter and congratulations on your crowning achievement. 


Photo:  Hunter Buckley with mother, Lisa Rose.

Photo: Hunter Buckley with mother, Lisa Rose.