For Immediate Release 9/19/2013
Contact: Wendy J. Rohrbacher, (360) 814-5702

Elma Johnson’s Pie Breaks Funding Record – Again!

MOUNT VERNON - On Saturday, September 14, 2013 the Hospice of the Northwest Foundation held its 13th Annual Auction and Gala.  With 280 guests and 40 generous community sponsors, the event raised $150,000 to support expert and dignified end of life care in our community.
For the past few years Elma Johnson’s wild blackberry pie has generated a frenzy of bidding and excitement. In 2011 her pie sold for $2,000, in 2012 the frenzied bidding reached $2,700 and this year her wonderful pie sold for a record setting $2,800. When asked what makes it so good, Elma gave the credit to the wild blackberries.
Auctioneer Patrick Grant and his Avid Auctions team look forward to the Hospice Foundation event every year; “Elma’s pie is a legend in the auction world. I get asked about it all over the state! We are thrilled to be a part of this event that supports such an important community resource.”
The Hospice of the Northwest Foundation has committed to providing more than $240,000 in program grant funds to Hospice of the Northwest during 2013. These grant funds help bridge the gap between what the agency is reimbursed through Medicare and other insurance programs, and what it costs to provide quality and compassionate hospice care. Grant funds also help defray agency costs for clinical education, technology upgrades, complementary therapy, bereavement care, and uncompensated patient care.
Wendy Rohrbacher Executive Director of the Hospice of the Northwest Foundation thanked the audience for their part in ensuring that Hospice programs and services continue to meet the needs and expectations of the community. She explained that “the expert and dignified care that Hospice of the Northwest provides is made possible through the generous support of our donors, and we are deeply grateful for your support of our mission.” Rohrbacher also thanked the Hospice of the Northwest staff “for the dignified care they provide to our community, families, friends, and neighbors every day.” And she explained that “their teamwork and dedication are unsurpassed.”
About the Foundation:
The Hospice of the Northwest Foundation funds dignity, compassion and comfort to terminally ill members of our community and ensures that quality hospice care is available to all who are coping with a life-limiting illness. If you would like more information about the Foundation or Hospice of the Northwest services, please visit our website,, or call (360) 814-5702.