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Hospice of Michigan Honors Rabbi Bunny Freedman during Sept. 13 SPEED – A Chandeliers Event at M1 Concourse

Nonprofit hospice organization to present 32nd Annual Crystal Rose award at state-of-the-art raceway

DETROIT (Aug. 13, 2018) Hospice of Michigan will celebrate the work of dedicated community advocate Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman at SPEED – A Chandeliers Event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the M1 Concourse located at 164 South Blvd. in Pontiac, MI. This year’s fundraiser will offer guests the opportunity to experience Dodge Hellcats and Vipers with a professional driver on the M1 Performance Track. The annual fundraiser honors those who have shown passion and commitment to the nonprofit hospice organization by supporting Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Fund and its mission to provide comfort and care to all those in need of its services, regardless of diagnosis, age or the ability to pay.

Rabbi Freedman will receive the nonprofit hospice organization’s 32nd Annual Crystal Rose Award for his work as CEO and founding director of the Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network. In 1991, Freedman created the Jewish Hospice Services Program at Hospice of Michigan before establishing the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. The JHCN educates hospitals, hospices, home care agencies and nursing home facilities on how to best care for Jewish patients. As CEO, Freedman focuses on community relations, fundraising and staff development and has been a major force in educating the public on Jewish end-of-life considerations.

The Crystal Rose symbolizes the nonprofit’s roots as a volunteer-based organization and the early practice of placing a single, long-stemmed red rose on the bed of a patient after death in tribute to that person’s life.

SPEED – A Chandeliers Event is an exciting take on our yearly Crystal Rose Award presentation. Hospice of Michigan – along with the greater metro Detroit community – is grateful for the dedicated work of comfort care advocates like Rabbi Freedman,” said Robert Cahill, Hospice of Michigan president and CEO. “SPEED is a fantastic opportunity for automotive enthusiasts to experience the M1 Concourse while supporting a very worthy cause.”

The evening will feature a strolling dinner, short program and one-of-a-kind thrill rides with professional drivers on the M1 Performance Track. A private, VIP driving experience package with an estimated value of $1,000 will be auctioned as well, offering bidders the chance to take the driver’s seat on the M1 Performance Track. Individual tickets are available for $120 and include valet parking. Rides are available to ticket holders for an additional $100 donation.

SPEED – A Chandeliers Event is generously sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Sponsorship opportunities are also available beginning at $1,000.

For more information about the evening or to become an event sponsor, please contact Kim Streich at 313.578.6268 or kstreich@hom.org. To purchase tickets, please visit www.hom.org/speed.

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 nonprofit 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 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701.