Ugly Sweater Party for a Beautiful Cause


CATEGORY: Philanthropy

​"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."

This quote guides Holly Craider, PhD, in both her personal and professional lives. Dean of Access and Completion and Adjunct Faculty of Speech Communication at Cuyahoga Community College, Holly is also one of Hospice of the Western Reserve’s biggest ambassadors. Serving as the Family and Friends Chair for Walk to Remember 2016, Holly also volunteers at the David Simpson Hospice House and supports various initiatives throughout the year. 
Most recently, Holly hosted an ugly sweater holiday party at Casa D'Angelo’s Italian Restaurant in Macedonia to raise money for her team, Craider’s Crew and their Walk to Remember 2017 goal. Over 120 people attended the fundraising event, enjoying dinner and raffles.
“When my grandparents passed away at Hospice of the Western Reserve, I told myself that I had to find a way to give back to the place that made the loss of two people who were like my parents as peaceful as it could have been,” said Holly. 
“I’m so proud to say that we raised over $3,500 for Hospice of the Western Reserve! This more than doubled what we raised last year. Thank you so very much to everyone who donated to this event. Your friendship, generosity, and huge hearts humble me beyond words. I sit here with tears in my eyes as I think about all of you and what you have done. It speaks volumes to who you are and to what Hospice of the Western Reserve does for patients and families.”

Have an idea on how to support Hospice of the Western Reserve? Contact Bridget Murphy at or call 855.475.0245.

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