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For release: September 5, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Experience some Joyful Tastes of Life
Fun food, wine and craft beer fundraiser benefits hospice care

Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) will hold its fourth annual “Joyful Tastes of Life” benefit Thursday, October 10 from 6-9 p.m. at St. George’s Family Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron. This fun, casual evening features wines from around the world, craft beer from local breweries, and signature food items prepared by the area’s finest restaurants (see list of participating vendors below). Sue Wilson, WQMX Program Director/Morning Show Co-Host, and Tim Daugherty, WONE Program Director, will be emcees for the evening.

The evening includes a silent auction, exciting raffle and live music. Only 1,500 raffle tickets are available for a $1,800 vacation package to The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, which includes a three-night stay for two, plus a $500 resort credit for food or activities. The second place raffle prize is $500 cash and third place is a 32” TV.

  • Aladdin’s Eatery
  • BRAVO!
  • Casa del Ranchero
  • Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant
  • Crave
  • D’Agnese’s Trattoria and Café
  • DeVitis Italian Market
  • Heidelberg Distributing Co.
  • Hudson’s Restaurant and Catering
  • Lagerhead’s Smokehouse
  • Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila
  • Superior Beverage Group
  • Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
  • Tiffany’s Bakery
  • Troutman Vineyards and Winery
  • The Winery at Wolf Creek

The event is sponsored by John J. Petrus, MD. Event tickets are $50 each and raffle tickets are $10 per ticket or 6 for $50, with all proceeds going toward end-of-life patient care and supportive services at Hospice of VNS. All tickets are available online at or by calling the Akron General Foundation, 330-344-6888.
About Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) is a nonprofit agency providing compassionate support for individuals facing serious or life-limiting illnesses and their families. Care is provided in-home, at nursing facilities or assisted living residences, and at the area's first freestanding Hospice Care Center, the renowned Justin T. Rogers Care Center on Ridgewood Road in Copley Township. Hospice of VNS is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Equipment & Supplies and Visiting Nurse Service). A member of the Akron General Health System, VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. For more information, visit

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