MARTINSBURG – Two members of the Hospice of the Panhandle board of directors opened their homes in October to host dinner parties which were auctioned off at the agency’s Hollywood Nights event, which was held this year end of August at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown.
On October 17, Bill and Bonnie Stubblefield hosted a crab feast – by the river – at their home along the Potomac River in northern Berkeley County. Jefferson County Hospice supporter Lee Snyder purchased the crab feast for himself, his wife and three other couples.
âI am always happy to support Hospice of the Panhandle,â Snyder said. “The Crab Feast was something different, and I think our friends really enjoyed it.”
Snyder’s friends had an unforgettable evening with what Bill Stubblefield called the ‘Singing Boatmen’, a quartet of local barbershops who arrived via Jack Laing’s pontoon boat and serenaded the group by the river. river. Members of the quartet included Dr. Joe Brookreson, Ross Curtis, Bat Murtha and Wally Reynolds.
Berkeley County Councilor Jim Whitacre, who hosted crab feasts at his home as a fundraiser for the Morning Rotary Club, prepared the bushel of crabs, along with spicy steamed shrimp and tenderloin for the guests. Whitacre’s wife, Sherry, and sister, Rhonda Banks, made side dishes.
âIt went really well,â Whitacre said. âThe Stubblefields have a beautiful riverside setting and the guests seemed to be really enjoying themselves.â
The Stubblefields, who for more than three decades hosted a pork roast on their property the same weekend as the Crab Feast, enjoyed the welcome.
âWe’ve had similar events over the past few years and we always love being with the people who buy the dinners at auction,â said Bill Stubblefield. In the past, he and his wife have organized barbecues to benefit the Hospice at his home, but never a crab feast.
Diane Dailey’s stately family home was the site the following weekend, October 23, for a formal dinner again purchased by Snyder and his wife, Karen. They hosted several other different couples for this event.
Prepared by Berkeley County Trustee Supervisor (and occasionally Chef) Will Lorensen, the meal included a charcuterie board and marinated mussels for starters, a first course of Vichyssoise, followed by a Caesar salad. The main course included prime rib, horseradish mashed potatoes and bourbon glazed carrots. The meal was topped off with a pumpkin cheesecake prepared by Hospice CFO Walt DeWalt.
âIt was truly a lovely meal and a lovely evening, with so many people ready to help,â said Dailey. âI am always so encouraged that our community supports Hospice of the Panhandle in this way. And Lee Snyder is one of our biggest supporters.
At the Daileys, Diane’s husband Jim served as the bartender, and Rhonda and Kenny Banks helped serve the meal and clean up afterward.
âWe couldn’t have been happier,â said Diane Dailey. âThe hospice is such an important organization and serves so many people in our community when they need it most. As a member of the board, I am very happy to help.
The two dinners raised a total of $ 4,500 for Hospice of the Panhandle.
For more information, contact Maria Lorensen at (304) 264-0406.