Hospice of St. Francis Honors Local Legends for Generosity

(Brevard County, Fla.) On October 25, 2017, a new event will honor Brevard notables who demonstrate extraordinary generosity of spirit that uplifts many charitable organizations and makes a meaningful difference in the quality of life in our community. The event called “LEGENDS” will be held at the Rockledge Country Club and will spotlight the selfless efforts of three well-known Brevard citizens: Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Kim Rodriguez and Susie Wasdin. The event is being hosted by Hospice of St. Francis and was created as a reflection of the mission of the organization: Uplifting lives. Uplifting each other. Uplifting our community.

“We thought about who in our community exemplifies this mission,” said Dorothy Allen, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Hospice of St. Francis Foundation, “people who uplift others through the breadth of their community service – and we thought of those people who work tirelessly to help many organizations survive and thrive. Three individuals rose to the top as a fitting beginning to what we hope will be an annual celebration: Wayne Ivey, Susie Wasdin and Kim Rodriguez.”

Each of the honorees has worked for many organizations, volunteering time for events, for fundraising, and for whatever is needed to raise awareness and philanthropic support. While every donor is important to not-for-profit organizations, there are always those who stand out for their exceptional gifts of time, energy and talents. These three honorees make the entire County a better place to live.

“This is a broader, more impactful mission, “Allen said, “I think our honorees believe that through their efforts, philanthropy becomes a community cultural value. In a time when economic resources are strained, philanthropy is often the difference between good and great.”

The October 25 gathering at Rockledge Country Club is primarily to pay tribute to the three honorees. “We will talk about the Hospice of St. Francis mission and why uplifting lives, uplifting each other, and uplifting our community is an important theme to be celebrated,” Allen said. “We will show how each of our honorees exemplify this mission in their many gifts to the not-for-profit community. And we will set the stage for continuation of this recognition as we plan for future years of honoring our ‘Legends’.”

Our Mission: Uplifting lives. Uplifting each other. Uplifting our community.

Established in 1977, Hospice of St. Francis is now celebrating its fortieth anniversary and is recognized as the longest-serving and only independent not-for-profit hospice in Brevard County. With locations at 1250 Grumman Place in Titusville and 4875 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, the hospice exists to provide compassionate, quality care for the terminally ill, support for loved ones and resources for community members faced with end-of-life issues throughout Brevard. Early in 2014, Hospice of St. Francis began accepting patients at the Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center, located at 1240 Grumman Place in Titusville. The 12-suite, full-service hospice care facility provides short-term acute symptom management for hospice patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


For more information about the Legends event, or to schedule interviews, please call Dorothy Allen at 321-360-3456 or email dallen@hosffoundation.org