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For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2012

Southcoast VNA to host Hope Takes Flight: A Butterfly Release

September 15 event to benefit Hospice program

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. — Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, will host "Hope Takes Flight: A Butterfly Release" on September 15 to benefit the agency's Hospice program.

Hope Takes Flight will take place on Saturday, September 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., with the butterfly release occurring at 1:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Avenue in Fairhaven, and will take place rain or shine.

This inaugural event is being offered to the community as a way to honor and remember loved ones and friends and will support Southcoast VNA's Hospice program. Activities for families and children will include musical performances, inspirational readings and a live butterfly release. Light refreshments will be served.

Butterflies to honor a loved one can be purchased for a $25 minimum donation. Butterflies purchased before August 24 will include a listing of a loved one's name in the event program book. Contact Southcoast VNA Community Affairs at 508-973-3472 or by email at to order your butterfly today.

Butterflies will also be available to order at the following Farmers' Markets:

    Tuesday, August 7, from 3 to 7 p.m.
    Old Rochester Regional High School
    135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett

    Thursday, August 9, from 2 to 6 p.m.
    South Coast Business Center
    200 Mill Road, Fairhaven

    Tuesday, August 14, from 3 to 7 p.m.
    Old Rochester Regional High School
    135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett

    Thursday, August 16, from 2 to 6 p.m.
    St. Luke's Hospital (Taber Street)
    101 Page Street, New Bedford

    Friday, August 17, from 1 to 6 p.m.
    Rex Field
    351 Elm Street, Dartmouth

    Sunday, August 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.
    Fairhaven High School
    12 Huttleston Avenue (Route 6), Fairhaven

Presenting sponsor is Mallard & POPS Printing. Monarch Sponsors are BayCoast Bank, McKesson and PSS World Medical Inc. For more information about the event contact Southcoast VNA Community Affairs at 508-973-3472 or by email at

About Southcoast VNA

Part of Southcoast Health System, Southcoast VNA is one of the largest not-for-profit, community-based home health and hospice care agencies serving Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island. For more than 100 years Southcoast VNA has provided high quality, comprehensive home health and hospice services, which foster improvement and maintenance of health, prevention of disease and disability and compassionate end-of life care.

Southcoast VNA is a Medicare and Medicaid certified agency offering a full range of skilled home health care and hospice and palliative care services from highly trained, screened and credentialed health care professionals. Services are available 24 hours a day, every day.

Southcoast VNA's main office is located at the South Coast Business Center at 200 Mill Road in Fairhaven; with community offices located at 244 North Main Street in Raynham, at 1822 North Main Street, Fall River, and at Linden Tree Family Health Center, 2444 East Main Road, Portsmouth, R.I. For more information about Southcoast VNA call 800-698-6877 or visit

Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876

Joanne Gregory
Director of Community Affairs
Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association
Phone: 508-973-3470
Fax: 508-973-3360

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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at Connect to Southcoast through social media at

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