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For release: November 13, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Joyful Tastes of Life Benefits
Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service

More than 300 guests sampled delicious local foods and wines at Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service's (VNS) "Joyful Tastes of Life" fundraiser held October 11 at Todaro’s Party Center. The always-popular event featured 20 local restaurants, distributors and wineries. Sue Wilson, WQMX Morning Show Co-Host, and Tim Daugherty, WONE Morning Show Co-Host, were emcees for the evening. Scott Alan provided live guitar music. A large silent auction capped off the evening. Derrick Sly, of Akron, won the $1,500 Greenbrier Resort vacation package. "Joyful Tastes of Life" was sponsored by John J. Petrus, MD.

Presented by the Akron General Foundation, the event raised more $53,000 for end-of-life patient care and supportive services at Hospice of VNS.

For information about Hospice of VNS, please call 330-665-1455 or 800-335-1455, or visit the website at

About Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS)
The purpose of Hospice of VNS is to alleviate suffering, engender hope, promote living and facilitate grieving among patients with serious or life-limiting illnesses, their families and their communities. Hospice of VNS is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Personal Care Services, VNS Equipment & Supplies and Visiting Nurse Service). VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties and is a member of the Akron General Health System. For more information about VNSA, visit

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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