Commemoration Programming Revised…  Creating New Opportunities

The Today’s Tributes, Tomorrow’s Legacies Tribute Wall was developed in 2002 as a recognition tool for fundraising purposes.  Patients’ and other loved ones’ names were engraved and added to the Tribute Wall when memorial gifts to Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care totaled $1,000 or more.  Families and friends were invited to memorial receptions held several times each year to honor those whose names were being added to the Tribute Wall.

When we moved to our new headquarters at 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street in June 2012, Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation had honored 1,205 people at memorial receptions. There were four Tribute Wall panels with only a few remaining spaces and no additional wall space for expansion.

Because many families continue to direct memorial gifts for their loved ones to Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care, the need for recognition space will continue to grow.  In a relatively short time, space in our headquarters would be exhausted.  These space constraints, as well as other considerations, were the impetus for us to discontinue the Tribute Wall in its original form.

Because so many people showed their gratitude by allowing us to honor their loved one, we felt it was imperative that we continue our commemoration programming, but in a new way.  Each person previously listed on the Tribute Wall, was added to our new virtual Tribute Wall, along with previously submitted stories.

In May 2013, Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation began the process of returning each engraved nameplate to the family contact on file.  They have been invited to submit a story (if we did not already have one), and add a photograph to continue to honor their loved one on our virtual Tribute Wall.

“All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”- Helen Keller

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