30th Anniversary Hospice Evening Honors Helen Messic

PALM BEACH, FL – Helen Messic, the driving force behind the first permanent hospice center in Palm Beach County, will be honored at Hospice Evening 2012, on Jan. 13, 2012, at The Breakers, Palm Beach.

Helen Messic


The evening, benefitting Hospice of Palm Beach County, marks the 30th anniversary of Hospice Evening and will feature its signature fashion presentation, the Oscar de la Renta 2012 collection, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue. Dinner and dancing follow.

Amanda (Helen Messic’s daughter) and Chuck Schumacher serve as chairmen of Hospice Evening. Cathy and Jack Flagg are co-chairmen, and Lynn Homes and Sharon O’Neil are honorary chairmen.

Twenty-five years ago, Hospice of Palm Beach County broke ground on the Charles W. Gerstenberg Hospice Center in West Palm Beach. At the time, it was the only facility of its kind to be built in the Southeast. The driving force that effort was Helen Messic.

Chuck and Amanda Schumacher

Messic is credited with the vision necessary to help bring the first permanent Hospice Center to Palm Beach County. After the pain of watching her brother, who was an Episcopal priest, die of cancer, she realized how important peace and comfort are for terminal patients and dedicated herself to creating a comfortable and homelike place for those facing death.

She saw firsthand how limited hospice care was in Palm Beach County and founded the Hospice Guild in 1983, which today is the Palm Beach Membership of Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. Through her tenacity, she led the charge to create the Gerstenberg Hospice Center and turn it into one of the most successful hospices in the country.

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