Valley Hospice to host annual ‘Springtime in Paris’ fundraiser

EVENT PLANNERS — Involved in planning Valley Hospice’s fourth-annual “Springtime in Paris” Dueling Pianos event set for Friday at the Wheeling Park White Palace are, seated, from left, Valerie Flatley, Claudine Conway, Sarah Barickman and Terriann Presutti Bonfini; and standing, Dr. Carol Greco, Becky Carroll, Nancy Green, JoAnn Williams, Judi Hladek, Valley Hospice Development Director, Jennifer Taylor, Vickie Zambito Wright and Karen Padden, Promotions Committee Chair. Carole Bissett, Kelly Lohri and Debbi Shutler also are members of the committee. -- Contributed

WHEELING — Valley Hospice will host its fourth- annual “Springtime in Paris” Dueling Pianos fundraiser Friday at Wheeling Park’s White Palace.

Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The show, performed by national touring group Fun Pianos, by 176 Keys Dueling Pianos, will begin at 8 p.m.

“We chose the theme ‘Springtime in Paris’ because we want this to be a joyful celebration where everyone can smile, laugh and rejoice in life,” said Judi Hladek, development director.

All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Valley Hospice Liza’s Place Care Center South in Wheeling, “the only free-standing hospice care center in the Ohio Valley,” according to a news release. “Liza’s Place looks and feels like home with 12 private rooms, each including a private bathroom and screened patio, tranquil garden, family kitchen where families can make home-cooked meals, chapel, library, luxurious spa and overnight accommodations in each patient room,” the release notes.

It opened in 2009 and has cared “for thousands of patients and families.”

“It is important to Valley Hospice staff that we provide the best possible environment for people who are facing one of the most difficult times of their lives, said Cynthia Bougher, chief executive officer. “Funds raised at Dueling Pianos will be used to ensure that patients, families and loved ones receive the exceptional care, provided at Liza’s Place, in a safe, comfortable and homelike environment.”

In addition to dinner and the Dueling Pianos show, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a Chinese auction and wine drawing, a drawing for a diamond necklace donated by Wallace Jewelers and two floor-level tickets to the Lady Gaga World Tour, donated by Doug and Carole Bissett.

“Tickets for the Lady Gaga World Tour ticket drawing are being sold now,” said Hladek. We are excited to be able to have a drawing for two floor-level tickets for the Nov. 20 concert taking place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The winner also will receive a one-night stay at Cambria Hotel & Suites.”

To purchase tickets for the Lady Gaga World Tour ticket drawing visit The winner will be drawn at Dueling Pianos on Friday. The winner does not need to be present.

The Dueling Pianos promotions committee members are Sarah Barickman, Carole Bissett, Terriann Presutti Bonfini, Becky Carroll, Claudine Conway, Valerie Flatley, Dr. Carol Greco, Nancy Green, Judi Hladek, Kelly Lohri, Karen Padden, Debbi Shutler, Jennifer Taylor, Joann Williams and Vickie Zambito Wright.

This presenting sponsor of this year’s fundraiser is Spilman, Thomas & Battle PLLC. Reservations are required for Friday’s event. Tickets can be purchased online at To become a sponsor, call Valley Hospice at (740) 859-5650 or 877-HOSPICE.