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Unique cookbook to benefit Aurora VNA Hospice program

Sunday, August 01, 2004

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., Have you ever wished for a cookbook that contained everybody’s best recipes? One with the barbecue that gets taken to every family picnic, the dessert you remember from your childhood and the cookies your grandma used to make at Christmas?

The hospice staff and volunteers of the Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin (VNA), have put together just such a book, “The Hearts for Hospice Cookbook.” This delectable concoction began with a dream about the whole-wheat rolls that a patient’s wife made every Saturday. Now that dream has become a reality, and memories add a special ingredient.

Hospice volunteers, home health and hospice staff, and most importantly, hospice families have collectively submitted over 300 of their favorite recipes. Some dishes speak for themselves, but many include stories about the origin of these recipes. They bring back not only fond memories of loved ones, but also capture recipes that otherwise may have been lost forever.

The cookbooks will be for sale in mid-August. To receive your copy of “The Hearts for Hospice Cookbook,” please contact Mary Stenzel, VNA coordinator of volunteers and philanthropy assistant, at 262-249-5860 or 1-800-644-5860. The cookbooks are $10 each and come with a complimentary perpetual calendar, while supplies last. All proceeds will support the Aurora VNA hospice program serving Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties.

Cookbooks can also be shipped to you or to long-distance friends and relatives for an additional fee. These make delightful gifts and serve as lasting memorials to enjoy for ages.

For more than 95 years, the Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin has been providing health care solutions that enable people to remain independent within their communities. As a not-for-profit organization, the VNA provides care to all regardless of ability to pay.

The VNA is part of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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