Hospice Holds Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Hospice Chautauqua County held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner recently at the Moon Book Country Club to recognize outstanding hospice volunteer efforts.

Hospice Chautauqua County has 60 hospice volunteers who provide comfort for patients and their families. Volunteers also work with Hospice in the office and on special events.

Gale Lauger was recognized for her dedication and received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Hospice staff members say Lauger is deserving of the award because of her deep connection and care for the work and hours she puts in every week.

“She connects so great with our staff,” said Mary Jo Bradish, volunteer coordinator. “Gale goes above and beyond and is always willing to do whatever is asked of her. We appreciate all of the time she gives to Hospice and are honored to have her.”

“I’ve been so surprised,” said Lauger. “You know, it’s great. I never thought I’d receive anything. I just wanted to do something with my time that was rewarding to me.”