The family of Glenn D. Gehres was honored at the Community Health Professionals Beacon of Hope Dinner Thursday evening. Pictured above, the nurses from Community Health Professionals pay tribute to Glenn D. Gehres. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
The family of Glenn D. Gehres was honored at the Community Health Professionals Beacon of Hope Dinner Thursday evening. Pictured above, the nurses from Community Health Professionals pay tribute to Glenn D. Gehres. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — The family of Glenn D. Gehres was honored at the 16th annual Community Health Professionals Beacon of Hope Dinner and Auction Thursday night at Willow Bend Country Club. The annual fundraiser for the CHP Hospice Center was a great success, according to CHP President and CEO Brent Tow.

“We are extremely humbled by the support from this community,” he stated during the event.

The event raises money for CHP’s Hospice Care Fund which helps fund care for those patients and families with limited or no health insurance coverage.

“All money raised stays in Van Wert and goes directly to our patient care fund,” Tow noted. “This fund allows our nurses the flexibility to provide the care our patients deserve.



The conclusion of the event was a live auction and raffle drawing. Bob Gamble handled the duties as auctioneer with Rick Small of Mix 98.1 serving once again as emcee.

The evening began with dinner. After the meal had concluded, three businesses were honored as Friends of Hospice: Custom Assembly, Elmco Engineering, and Moose Lodge #1320.

Tow shared, “Historically inpatient hospice centers often struggle to break even, and rural inpatient centers like ours are dependent upon a supportive medical community and individual community members committed to the cause. The three recognized here tonight as Friends of Hospice are worthy examples.”

The Gehres family was honored in the Lighthouse Presentation. Gehres, a materials handler at Eaton Corporation, was a patient of the Visiting Nurses and the Inpatient Hospice Center before losing his battle with cancer last September at the age of 54.

The lighthouse was presented by Michelle (Kever) Gehres who was married to Glenn for over 33 years. She chronicled the struggle with cancer for Glenn and the family, stressing the closeness of the friendship with the nurses providing care.

“I still struggle with his loss,” she confided. “I still miss him so much everyday. I just hope it gets easier as each day goes on. The nurses and the people of Community Health Professionals mean so much to me and my family. They started out ad professionals and advisors and became very close friends and family. We could not have made it through this journey without each and every one of you. Thank you so very much.”

“Sometimes healthcare can be complicated, but our intentions don’t have to be,” Tow said. “I recently read one of our hospice patient satisfaction surveys which simply stated, ‘Keep it up.’ and with continued community support, that’s what we intend to do.”