On June 4, friends and supporters of Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, gathered to Rock the Boat and raise funds for the patients of the non-profit agency that brings compassionate home health and hospice care to our community.

Several Wilton residents served as members of the volunteer benefit committee:  Carol Bauer, Judy Higby, Janice Hess, Janet Karabin, Ellen Lewis, Jeanne Robertson and Roseann Spengler. Other members of the committee included New Canaan residents Janet Leibovitz and Carlyn Tiefenthaler; Norwalk resident Dawn Jeffrey; and Weston residents Missy Dorsey and Ken Edgar.

The benefit was held under a tent at The Boathouse at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport. Highlights of the event included a silent auction, a wine grab, and entertainment by the acclaimed almost-all doctor rock ‘n’ roll band, DNR. Made up of Norwalk Hospital doctors by day and musicians by night, DNR specializes in vintage rock from the 60s and 70s, and played the music of such legends as Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and the Beatles–and guests danced the night away.

Hal Higby of Wilton spoke from the podium about the services that he received from the skilled caregivers at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County when he had a knee replaced. He expressed gratitude for the exceptional care he was given and the ability to remain comfortably at home while he recovered from surgery and underwent intensive physical therapy.

Event sponsors included Bankwell, Day Pitney, LLP,  Hoyt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Ken Edgar and Denise Harvey, Liz Fox, and Sara and Dave Hunt.

“We are thankful for the friendship and support of so many in the community who share in our mission to bring healing and comfort to the patients and families in our care,” said agency president and CEO, Sharon M. Bradley, RN, MSN, DNP.  “We are enormously grateful to the members of DNR and all our corporate and individual sponsors. We also want to thank our benefit committee, our in-kind donors and everyone who contributed to this very special evening.  The funds raised at this event will touch the lives of the many patients in need in our community and we extend our heartfelt thanks.”

A non-profit community organization for more than 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice and palliative care for adults and children in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County.  The agency is a preferred provider of home health and hospice services for Western Connecticut Health Network and is supported by contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. Visit them online or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.