On June 12, many of the 152 volunteers who operate Estate Treasures met at the Elks Lodge in Stevensville to celebrate their successes, elect new board members and recognize volunteers who have reached service milestones.
Estate Treasures, an upscale retail shop located in Chester raises funds for Hospice of Queen Anne’s. Since opening 23 years ago, Estate Treasures has contributed $1.8 million that has been used to provide hospice care and grief services to people of all ages in Queen Anne’s County.
Addressing the volunteers, Heather Guerieri, executive director of Hospice of Queen Anne’s, said, “The money you raise at Estate Treasures makes it possible for people who might be unable to pay for our services to receive care at our Hospice Center and in their homes. We also invest your donations to provide grief counseling in the schools and at our summer camp for children, teens and families.”
Guerieri continued, “The impact that Estate Treasures has on the community is huge. People love to shop at Estate Treasures. They also like to donate their clothing and household items, knowing that they are giving to a good cause. I smile to know that Hospice of Queen Anne’s and Estate Treasures are one and that our cause is the same.”
Eileen Nonemaker, chair of the Hospice of Queen Anne’s Board of Directors, added, “Volunteers usually give their time, talent or treasures to support an organization. You are unique because you give all three. At every board meeting we give you a round of applause when we hear about the work you do on our behalf.”
Kathy Ciambruschini, president of the Estate Treasures Board of Directors, announced that Estate Treasure sales to date in 2014 were 15 percent higher than the same period in 2013. “That means we have been able to give Hospice of Queen Anne’s $50,000 so far this year,” she said.
“We are confident that we will exceed $100,000 in total donations before the year is over.”
Service pins were presented to the Estate Treasures volunteers who had completed service milestones. Recognized for completing their first year of service were: Lynda Bounds, Marge Carlson, Carol Greenlee, Kathy Roberts, Betty Robinson, Kathleen Scheuerman, Phyllis Radlinski, Wanda Shlagel, Cyndee Hughes, Betsy Mackin, Mollie Quinn, Rosalind Laskin, Sadie Groves, Jane McCullough, Savannah Scott, Diane Stevens and Bonnie Walters.
Service pins for five years were given to Mary Houtz, Linda Kelm, Jackie Lewis, Theresa Weinberg and Mary Wiscott.
Marking 10 years as Estate Treasure volunteers wereBarbara Griffin, Lynn Kirby, Joyce Montenegro, Barbara O’Connor and Shirley Rothchild.
Honored for completing 15 years of service were Marianne Bovis, Nanette Cassell, Ellen Dent, Thea Marvel and Wende Woodham.
Retiring volunteer Margie Busch received an orchid to recognize her as a charter member of the
Estate Treasures volunteers, a group formed 23 years ago when the resale shop first opened.
Estate Treasures is located in Chester at 17 Kent Towne Market. The resale shop features gently worn fine clothing, career and formal apparel, fashion accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, small antiques and other donated “treasures.” The shop hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about Estate Treasures, call 410-643-7360. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and services provided by Hospice of Queen Anne’s, call 443-262-4100 or visit online at www.hospiceofqueenannes.org.
Wende Woodham (left) and Kathy Ciambruschini, president of the Estate Treasures Board of Directors, (right) presented sage plants to newly elected members of the Estate Treasures Board of Directors Jean McGeeney, Phyllis Hoffman and Lorraine Sincavage. The sage is a sign of the wisdom these volunteers bring to their leadership role.
Other members of the Estate Treasures Board include (left to right) Alan Hais, Sharon North, Ruth Hoffman, Debbie Dean, Karen Himes, Renie Madonna, Kay Demody, Hospice of Queen Anne’s liaisons Courtney Williams and Kenda Leager, and President Kathy Ciambruschini.
Volunteers from Estate Treasures sampled desserts made by the staff of Hospice of Queen Anne’s. Each volunteer received a Simply the Sweetest cookbook, which include the recipes for the sweet treats served at the annual volunteer luncheon.
Margie Busch, a charter member of the Estate Treasures volunteers, accepts an orchid as she retires after 23 years of service.