Monday, December 22, 2014

Greenville Federal Provides Funds for Poinsettias for Hospice Patients

Pictured with some of the poinsettias are, left to right, Christy Baker, Development Specialist, State of the Heart; Ryan Gathard; Susan Barker, SVP & CFO , Greenville Federal, and Betty Hartzell, AVP, Greenville Federal.
A tradition that began over 20 years ago at State of the Heart Hospice is continuing again this year with all patients under the care of the nonprofit agency receiving a beautiful poinsettia as a Christmas gift from the agency. This year, the funding for the poinsettias was provided by Greenville Federal in Greenville.

“We appreciate the generosity of Greenville Federal,” stated Ryan Gathard, director of Fund Development for State of the Heart. “This gift is meaningful not only for our staff, but for the many patients and families we serve.”

“Giving back to local communities has long been a trademark of Greenville Federal, the oldest bank headquartered in Darke County. We are happy to help State of the Heart Hospice with the continuation of this tradition.” stated Susan Barker, SVP & CFO of Greenville Federal.

Recently, 139 poinsettias were collected by State of the Heart volunteers Bruce Miller and Ralph Gels to be distributed to the three hospice offices – Greenville, Coldwater and Portland. In addition, poinsettias were taken to the State of the Heart Care Center at Wayne HealthCare.

This year, Hannah’s Garden Center located on U.S. Route 36 East in Greenville, partnered in supplying the poinsettias. “We are delighted to be involved in this project,” stated Jim Meade, who along with his wife Patti, own Hannah’s Garden Center. “We are grateful for their support this year,” Gathard said. “We are pleased to join with Hannah’s on this outreach to our patients and families.”

For 34 years, State of the Heart has provided care to patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. For more information about any of the services provided by the nonprofit agency, visit the web site at

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