Center for Hospice Care honors Catherine Hiler

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Center for Hospice Care honored Catherine Hiler with the 35th Annual Helping Hands Award.

Center for Hospice Care (CHC), in South Bend, Indiana, hosted their 35th Annual Helping Hands Award Dinner on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The organization was thrilled to honor Catherine Hiler, long-time community member and philanthropist. The theme of “An Irish Blessing” encapsulates the evening, highlighting Hiler’s Irish roots as well as the many ways she has blessed the local community.

Hiler has quite the repertoire of achievements around the country, and many here in the local community where she has spent most of the last three decades of her life. She has been a volunteer at Center for Hospice Care for more than 16 years, first serving on both the Center for Hospice Care board as well as that of the Hospice Foundation, which supports CHC. After her time on both boards, she graciously volunteered five more years to chair the non-profit  organization’s largest and most ambitious comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Cornerstones for Living: The Crossroads Campaign.” Now in its final months, the campaign is focused on raising money to endow many of the organization’s signature programs and complete construction projects on their Mishawaka Campus. This includes building a new 12-bed inpatient care facility, recently named the Ernestine M. Raclin House, as well as a new Clinical Staff Building.

In addition to Hiler’s involvement in CHC, she also faithfully served many other local organizations. She served on The Stanley Clark School board of trustees and was a parent representative on the John Adams High School committee that established the International Baccalaureate magnet program.

In 2016, Catherine received the Individual Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

About the Award:
Since 1985, the Helping Hands Award has honored individuals, couples and families who demonstrate civic and charitable stewardship to improve the quality of living in the communities served by Center for Hospice Care. The award recognizes the recipients for exhibiting exceptional generosity, outstanding community achievements, direct financial support, or by motivating others to give. There is no requirement that the honoree(s) possess a close relationship – professional, voluntary, or philanthropic – with Center for Hospice Care.

About Center for Hospice Care:
Center for Hospice Care is Indiana’s largest hospice and palliative care organization. CHC works to improve the quality of living through hospice, home health, grief counseling and community education. Since 1980, Center for Hospice Care has kept its promise that no one eligible for hospice services in their nine-county service area will be turned away due to their inability to pay. The Hospice Foundation supports CHC’s mission in many ways, including fundraising events like the Helping Hands Award Dinner.