Toast to Hospice at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery raised $8K

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 6 September 2022 at 9:00 am

Clockwise from left are Lynne Williams, John Fitzak, Bill Eick, board secretary Pat Eick, Marlene Hill, Kris Hydock and Pat Bielicki (back to camera).

Photos contributed

MEDINA – After a two-year break due to Covid, an event to benefit Supportive Care of Orleans-Hospice was finally able to take place again.

A Toast to Hospice was held Aug. 27 at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, with more than 200 supporters in attendance. More than $8,000 was raised that will directly support terminally ill patients of Orleans County, according to Derek Reiner, Supportive Care of Orleans’ director of marketing and development.
“The way our community rallied together gave me the hope that we really can do anything we set out minds and hearts to,” Reiner said.

A table was filled with basket raffle items to benefit Supportive Care of Orleans/Hospice at the Toast to Hospice at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.

The evening featured live music by Crandall, Wood and Main, wine, great weather, spectacular ambiance and incredible food by Foster’s catering, Reiner said. Those in attendance had the opportunity to participate in a basket raffle, 50/50 drawing and silent auction. Another feature was a drawing every half an hour for a bottle of wine.


Supportive Care of Orleans extends thanks and gratitude to all donors, contributors, staff and volunteers who helped make the evening successful and joyous. They also thank Leonard Oakes Estate Winery for hosting the event and Jarred Saj for selling the most pre-sale tickets once again.


Supportive Care of Orleans offers a comprehensive continuum of care to those in the community diagnosed with serious illness, and also provides support to their families and caregivers. Offering Transitions and hospice services at home, in the Martin-Linsin Residence and in a skilled nursing facility or hospital, Supportive Care of Orleans helps patients make informed choices about their care, supports those who are caring for them, educates the community and offers support to those who are grieving.

The musical group Crandall, Wood and Main performed at the Toast to Hospice. This was their fourth appearance at the event.

“Supportive Care of Orleans-Hospice is here to provide you with compassionate, non-judgmental care and support as you help your loved one with their serious illness or end-of-life journey,” said Julie Kumiega, chief executive officer. “We are here for you.”

Other opportunities to support the mission of Supportive Care of Orleans include the 9th annual Car Show at Bullard Park in Albion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10, sponsored by Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes. There will be food, 50/50 drawing and prizes.

Supportive Care is also planning to bring back the Memory Walk this fall at Holley Falls in Holley. Details will be released soon.
For more information, call (585) 589-0809 or log on to their website at