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$1 Million Gift Establishes Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Nov. 7, 2019) – “I believe that becoming a family caregiver, especially at the end-of-life, is the ultimate expression of selflessness. These often-overlooked heroes make it possible for their loved one to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their home, taking on the majority of caregiving responsibilities, under the guidance of the hospice care team.”

So shared Lawrence D. Bos, Sr., Grand Rapids financial advisor and philanthropist, of the inspiration behind his recent donation of $1 million to Hospice of Michigan to establish the Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund.

The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund honors the memory of Larry’s wife of 64 years, a loyal donor who was committed to helping others through life’s challenges. The fund is designed to provide the support and resources family caregivers need to care for their loved ones, bringing honor and dignity to each day they have together. Dolores passed away unexpectedly last year.

Costs to Hospice of Michigan in providing caregiver support exceed $3 million annually. The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Fund helps the not-for-profit provide essential resources that can help family caregivers navigate this sacred stage of life, including:

  • Items that improve a patient’s comfort and quality-of-life for families that may be struggling to finance, such as heating and cooling repairs, cell phones, meals, small utility bills, etc.
  • Access to a 24/7 caregiver support line to answer questions and dispatch a nurse to a patient’s home during crises, if needed.
  • Social work support for couples and family members struggling emotionally while caring for a loved one or re-establishing a healthy lifestyle following a death.
  • Grief support counseling for family members before and after the death of their loved one.

The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund honors the couple’s legacy of generosity in serving others, especially their shared commitment to the not-for-profit hospice mission. Both a founding member of the Hospice of Michigan Foundation Board and past chair of the not-for-profit’s board of trustees, Larry has been a passionate advocate for the organization for nearly three decades. Dolores was also dedicated to HOM’s fundraising efforts and applied her artistic skills in creating Hospice of Michigan’s Crystal Rose, the iconic symbolic of the organization’s quality of care.

To make a contribution to the Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund, contact Marcie Hillary, senior vice president and chief development officer for Hospice of Michigan, at mhillary@hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Hosting Two Workshops For People Coping with Grief This Holiday Season

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (Nov. 6, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting two grief support workshops for people who are coping with grief after losing a loved one. Both of these free events will be held at the Bloomfield Hills Hospice of Michigan office, located at 43097 Woodward Ave., Suite 102.

  • ‘Adult Loss of a Parent’ will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. and will offer supportive discussion and techniques for adults who are coping with the loss of a parent.
  • ‘Coping with the Holidays’ from 6 until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 will provide support for anyone who is grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions. ‘Coping with the Holidays’ will offer discussion on common challenges and provide techniques to help attendees handle grief and find comfort, such as:
    • Planning ahead: Those who seem to have the most difficulty with the holidays are often people who have given little thought to the emotional challenges they will encounter.
    • Taking care of yourself: Exercising, eating a balanced diet and getting a proper amount of rest.
    • Lowering expectations: Going easy on yourself and trying not to overextend in order to reduce overall stress.

Hospice of Michigan knows how difficult it can be to cope with losing a loved one during this time of year. ‘Adult Loss of a Parent’ and ‘Coping with the Holidays’ are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling with their loss. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required to attend either of these free grief support workshops. To sign-up, please contact Claudia Been at cbeen@HOM.org or (248) 334-1323.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Bringing Hope for the Holidays

Free workshops will provide assistance for those coping with grief this holiday season

DETROIT, Mich. (Nov. 4, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting three ‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops in metro Detroit this holiday season that will offer supportive techniques for coping with loss during the holidays.

On Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 until 8 p.m., the Sterling Heights community is invited to come to the Sterling Heights Senior Center, located at 40200 Utica Rd, for discussion on helping to comfort those who are grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions.

A second workshop will be held in Taylor on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at New Hope Church, 8900 Pardee Ave., from 6 until 7:30 p.m. and a third event in Detroit will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals, located at 6100 Schaefer Hwy.

Hospice of Michigan knows how the holiday season can be a difficult time for those going through the grieving process, and every year during this time, HOM hosts numerous ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshops throughout the state. These free events are helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one.

‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required for both of these free grief support workshops. To sign-up for the Sterling Heights event, please contact Wes Lawton at (586) 263-8514 or wlawton@HOM.ORG. If an individual would like to attend the workshops in Detroit or Taylor, please contact Jackie Morris at (313) 578-6328 or jmorris@HOM.ORG.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Bringing Hope for the Holidays

Free workshop will provide assistance for those coping with grief this holiday season

LUDINGTON, Mich. (Oct. 29, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting a ‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshop in Ludington this holiday season that will offer supportive techniques for coping with loss during the holidays.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6 until 7:30 p.m., the Ludington community is invited to come to all Occasions Event and Floral, located at 110. N. James St. in Ludington, for discussion on helping to comfort those who are grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions.

Hospice of Michigan knows how the holiday season can be a difficult time for those going through the grieving process, and every year during this time, HOM hosts numerous ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshops throughout the state. These free events are helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one.

‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required for this free grief support workshop. Dinner will be provided, and attendees can also create a holiday floral arrangement in memory of their loved one. To sign-up, please contact Katie Gedraitis before Tuesday, Nov. 5 at (231) 845-3423 or kgedrait@HOM.ORG.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Bringing Hope for the Holidays

Free workshop will provide assistance for those coping with grief this holiday season

ALPENA, Mich. (Oct. 29, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting a ‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshop in Alpena this holiday season that will offer supportive techniques for coping with loss during the holidays.

On Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6 until 7:30 p.m., the community is invited to come to the Hospice of Michigan office in Alpena, located at 145 N. State Ave., for discussion on helping to comfort those who are grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions.

Hospice of Michigan knows how the holiday season can be a difficult time for those going through the grieving process, and every year during this time, HOM hosts numerous ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshops throughout the state. These free events are helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one.

‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required for this free grief support workshop. To sign-up, please contact Stacy Malenfant at (989) 358-4295 or smalenfa@hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Bringing Hope for the Holidays

Free workshops will provide assistance for those coping with grief this holiday season

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 29, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting four ‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops in the Grand Rapids area this holiday season that will offer supportive techniques for coping with loss during the holidays.

On Sunday, Nov. 10 from 2 until 3 p.m., the greater Grand Rapids community is invited to come to the Belding Museum, located at 108 Hanover St. in Belding, for discussion on helping to comfort those who are grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions.

A second workshop will be held in Georgetown Twp. at the Georgetown Senior Center, 7100 8th Ave., from 10 until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and a third event in Grand Rapids will take place Thursday, Nov. 21 from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at The Village of Heather Hills, located at 1055 Forest Hill Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

The fourth and final ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshop is set for 1:30 until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Samiritas: The Terraces Building, 2000 32nd St. SE in Grand Rapids.

Hospice of Michigan knows how the holiday season can be a difficult time for those going through the grieving process, and every year during this time, HOM hosts numerous ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshops throughout the state. These free events are helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one.

‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.

Advanced registration is required for all four of these free grief support workshops. To sign-up for the Jenison event, please contact Bonnie Chasseur at (616) 340-7363 or bchasseu@hom.org. If an individual would like to attend the workshops in Belding or Grand Rapids, please contact Sue Glover at (616) 356-5255 or sglover@HOM.ORG.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Bringing Hope for the Holidays

Free workshop will provide assistance for those coping with grief this holiday season

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 29, 2019) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, is hosting a ‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshop in Big Rapids this holiday season that will offer supportive techniques for coping with loss during the holidays.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 3 until 4:30 p.m., the community is invited to come to the Hospice of Michigan office in Big Rapids, located at 400 Perry St., for discussion on helping to comfort those who are grieving during a season of family, memories and traditions.

Hospice of Michigan knows how the holiday season can be a difficult time for those going through the grieving process, and every year during this time, HOM hosts numerous ‘Hope for the Holidays’ grief support workshops throughout the state. These free events are helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one.

‘Hope for the Holidays’ workshops are among the many free grief support services Hospice of Michigan offers, providing a supportive environment for those struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hospice of Michigan’s grief support programs are open to everyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from HOM.
Advanced registration is required for this free grief support workshop. To sign-up, please contact Ken Krause at (231) 527-0913 or kkrause@HOM.ORG.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Exclusive Traverse City Screening of Jumanji: The Next Level Will Benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Pediatric Patients

Tickets on sale now for sneak-peek on Dec. 9

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Oct. 23, 2019) – Pediatric hospice patients in Michigan will benefit from A-list Hollywood heroes when Hospice of Michigan hosts an exclusive screening of Jumanji: The Next Level at The State Theater in Traverse City, in support of Hospice of Michigan’s Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children.

Tickets for the cinematic sneak-peek on Monday, Dec. 9 are on sale now for $50 and are available at jumanji4anchors.com. Admission for the event includes one ticket to the film, along with a soft drink, popcorn and access to a pre-movie reception at The Corner Loft, located at 201. E. Front St. above Sparks BBQ in Traverse City, beginning at 5 p.m. Doors at The State Theater, 233 E. Front St. in Traverse City, open at 5:30, and the exclusive screening begins at 6:15 p.m.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, the only statewide pediatric hospice program and supportive care service in the country. Anchors
Programs for Children serves families with specially trained staff that provide medical, social, spiritual and emotional support to help navigate complex medical situations. Offering a full continuum of pediatric services to support families with children facing life-limiting illness, the Anchors program serves 100 pediatric children annually.

The Traverse City screening is made possible through the longtime friendship Hospice of Michigan enjoys with Jumanji’s world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Along with his wife, Lisa, both Michigan natives, the Van Allsburgs have long supported pediatric care initiatives such as the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. The exclusive Traverse City screening of Jumanji: The Next Level is one of four Hospice of Michigan is hosting around the state the week of Dec. 8 before the nationwide release. Screening events are also scheduled for Alpena, Grand Rapids and Royal Oak.

“Pediatric hospice care is very expensive to deliver, and Hospice of Michigan does not want families to feel the burden of those expenses when they are going through such a difficult time in their lives,” said Bob Cahill, Hospice of Michigan president and CEO. “Hospice of Michigan relies on our supporters throughout the year to enable us to provide specialized treatments, such as pediatric hospice care. We are grateful Chris and Lisa Van Allsburg have been such tremendous supporters of our not-for-profit over the years, especially to the Anchors Programs for Children. Their generosity has helped us increase Anchors’ visibility and support across the state so we can continue to offer vital care to children and families every day.”

For more than a decade, the Van Allsburgs have partnered with Hospice of Michigan in hosting exclusive fundraising screenings in their home state of the film versions of Chris’ classic children’s books, including Zathura, The Polar Express and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Past events have generated more than $1.7 million for Anchors Programs for Children.

Supporting sponsors of the Traverse City fundraiser include Novum Productions, Cherry Republic and Grand Traverse Pavilions. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michelle Gallagher at 231.527.0927 or mgallagh@HOM.org. You can also find more information here.

About Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children
With a focus on maximizing the quality of life for every child in its care, Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children is privileged to offer a wide range of pediatric services to families throughout Michigan. The Anchors Programs for Children, funded through a generous gift from the Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation, includes Compass Support Services, The James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program and The Anchors Perinatal Program. For more, visit http://anchors4children.org/.

Jumanji Film Preview
Adapted from the 1981 children’s book written and illustrated by Caldecott author Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji: The Next Level is directed by Michigan native Jake Kasdan and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan.

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

Exclusive Royal Oak Screening of Jumanji: The Next Level Will Benefit Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s Pediatric Patients

Tickets on sale now for sneak-peek on Dec. 11

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (Oct. 23, 2019) – Pediatric hospice patients in Michigan will benefit from A-list Hollywood heroes when Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice host an exclusive screening of Jumanji: The Next Level at Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, in support of the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children.

Tickets for the cinematic sneak-peek on Wednesday Dec. 11 are on sale now for $50 and are available at jumanji4anchors.com. Admission for the 5:30 p.m. event includes one ticket to the film, along with a soft drink and popcorn, as well as a post-movie afterglow reception at 8 p.m. Emagine Theater is located at 200 N. Main St. in Royal Oak.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, the only statewide pediatric hospice program and supportive care service in the country. Anchors Programs for Children serves families with specially trained staff that provide medical, social, spiritual and emotional support to help navigate complex medical situations. Offering a full continuum of pediatric services to support families with children facing life-limiting illness, the Anchors program serves 100 pediatric children annually.

The Royal Oak screening is made possible through the longtime friendship Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice enjoys with Jumanji’s world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Along with his wife, Lisa, both Michigan natives, the Van Allsburgs have long supported pediatric care initiatives such as the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. The exclusive Royal Oak screening of Jumanji: The Next Level is one of four Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are hosting around the state the week of Dec. 8 before the nationwide release. Screening events are also scheduled for Alpena, Grand Rapids and Traverse City.

“Pediatric hospice care is very expensive to deliver, and Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice does not want families to feel the burden of those expenses when they are going through such a difficult time in their lives,” said Bob Cahill, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. We rely on our supporters throughout the year to enable us to provide specialized treatments, such as pediatric hospice care. We are grateful Chris and Lisa Van Allsburg have been such tremendous supporters of our not-for-profit over the years, especially to the Anchors Programs for Children. Their generosity has helped us increase Anchors’ visibility and support across the state so we can continue to offer vital care to children and families every day.”

For more than a decade, the Van Allsburgs have partnered with Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice in hosting exclusive fundraising screenings in their home state of the film versions of Chris’ classic children’s books, including Zathura, The Polar Express and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Past events have generated more than $1.7 million for Anchors Programs for Children.

Supporting sponsors of the Royal Oak fundraiser include ABG of Michigan, Dennis and Nancy Gershenson, Allan and Joy Nachman, Michigan Association of CPAs, Secure-24 and Dennis and Michael Tobin. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Streich at 734.794.5120 or kstreich@hom.org. You can also find more information here.

About Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children
With a focus on maximizing the quality of life for every child in its care, Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children is privileged to offer a wide range of pediatric services to families throughout Michigan. The Anchors Programs for Children, funded through a generous gift from the Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation, includes Compass Support Services, The James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program and The Anchors Perinatal Program. For more, visit http://anchors4children.org/.

Jumanji Film Preview
Adapted from the 1981 children’s book written and illustrated by Caldecott author Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji: The Next Level is directed by Michigan native Jake Kasdan and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan.

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

Exclusive Grand Rapids Screening of Jumanji: The Next Level Will Benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Pediatric Patients

Tickets on sale now for sneak-peek on Dec. 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 23, 2019) – Pediatric hospice patients in Michigan will benefit from A-list Hollywood heroes when Hospice of Michigan hosts an exclusive screening of Jumanji: The Next Level at Celebration! Cinema North in Grand Rapids, in support of Hospice of Michigan’s Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children.

Tickets for the cinematic sneak-peek on Sunday, Dec. 8 are on sale now for $50 and are available at jumanji4anchors.com. Admission for the 2:30 p.m. event includes one ticket to the film, along with a soft drink and popcorn, as well as a post-movie afterglow reception at 5:30 p.m. Celebration! Cinema North is located at 2121 Celebration Dr. NE in Grand Rapids.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, the only statewide pediatric hospice program and supportive care service in the country. Anchors Programs for Children serves families with specially trained staff that provide medical, social, spiritual and emotional support to help navigate complex medical situations. Offering a full continuum of pediatric services to support families with children facing life-limiting illness, the Anchors program serves 100 pediatric children annually.

The Grand Rapids screening is made possible through the longtime friendship Hospice of Michigan enjoys with Jumanji’s world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Along with his wife, Lisa, both Michigan natives, the Van Allsburgs have long supported pediatric care initiatives such as the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. The exclusive Grand Rapids screening of Jumanji: The Next Level is one of four Hospice of Michigan is hosting around the state the week of Dec. 8 before the nationwide release. Screening events are also scheduled for Alpena, Royal Oak and Traverse City.

“Pediatric hospice care is very expensive to deliver, and Hospice of Michigan does not want families to feel the burden of those expenses when they are going through such a difficult time in their lives,” said Bob Cahill, Hospice of Michigan president and CEO. “Hospice of Michigan relies on our supporters throughout the year to enable us to provide specialized treatments, such as pediatric hospice care. We are grateful Chris and Lisa Van Allsburg have been such tremendous supporters of our not-for-profit over the years, especially to the Anchors Programs for Children. Their generosity has helped us increase Anchors’ visibility and support across the state so we can continue to offer vital care to children and families every day.”

For more than a decade, the Van Allsburgs have partnered with Hospice of Michigan in hosting exclusive fundraising screenings in their home state of the film versions of Chris’ classic children’s books, including Zathura, The Polar Express and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Past events have generated more than $1.7 million for Anchors Programs for Children.

Supporting sponsors of the Grand Rapids fundraiser include James and Shirley Balk, Karl and Patti Betz, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lacks Enterprises, Inc., Aquinas College, RCO Engineering, Thomas P. Sarb and Ruth Ann Brevitz and Warner Norcross + Judd. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Barbara Anderson at 616.356.5266 or banderso@HOM.org. You can also find more information here.

About Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children
With a focus on maximizing the quality of life for every child in its care, Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children is privileged to offer a wide range of pediatric services to families throughout Michigan. The Anchors Programs for Children, funded through a generous gift from the Samuel & Jean Frankel Foundation, includes Compass Support Services, The James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program and The Anchors Perinatal Program. For more, visit http://anchors4children.org/.

Jumanji Film Preview
Adapted from the 1981 children’s book written and illustrated by Caldecott author Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji: The Next Level is directed by Michigan native Jake Kasdan and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan.

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.