The James Bruce Convention Center was the site of the annual Taste of the Pennyrile, a benefit featuring food, fun and raffles, with all proceeds going to Pennyroyal Hospice Inc.
Kelly Martin is Executive Director of Pennyroyal Hospice Inc. He and his team take care of 500 - 700 people each year.
“This is our 14th year,” Martin said. “It's growing and getting better all the time. We had 30 vendors at our benefit this year, offering all types of food-- everything from ice cream to fish, to pizza. Any food you wanted we offered. We even had a gluten-free table.”
The money raised goes to help people who don't have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid—people who might otherwise not receive the services they need.
“We don't turn anybody away,” Martin said. “During the last 4 -5 years, the amount of free care has tripled. That has a lot to do with the current insurance debacle. More people are left out, and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to die with dignity.”
More information may be found on Facebook at Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc or at www.pennyroyalhospice.com