Gala 2019 Theme and Vacation Raffle Announcement

During the May 30 Gala Preview Party hosted by TEGNA, Inc., Capital Caring announced the theme for 2019 Passion for Caring Gala and this year’s exciting destinations for the annual vacation raffle. The 2019 Passion for Caring Gala will be held November 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

This year’s Passion for Caring Gala Co-Chairs, Dave and Danni Lougee (featured on the left) and Sharon and Donn Davis (featured on the right), shared their commitment to hospice and the impact of compassionate care for families especially at home. This focus will be highlighted throughout the event with this year’s Wizard of Oz inspired theme, “There’s No Place Like Home.


In addition to the festive cocktail reception, delicious dinner, dancing and music by ENCORE at the Gala, Capital Caring supporters will have a chance to win one of three amazing trips in the annual vacation raffle. This year’s destinations include Bali, Bermuda and Barcelona. Tickets are available now by clicking here. Only 100 tickets will be sold and ticket holders do not need to be present at the Gala to win.

For more information on the 2019 Passion for Caring Gala, click here, or email Katie Tran-Lam at

Capital Caring to Host Briefing on Capitol Hill


Mid-Atlantic’s Largest Hospice to Host Briefing on Capitol Hill and  11th Annual Hospice Comes to Washington Reception
C-TAC and Dentons law firm to be honored for championing advances in care

WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of the 11th annual Hospice Comes to Washington Reception, and in observation of Older Americans Month, Capital Caring – the largest nonprofit hospice provider in the mid-Atlantic – invites the community to a policy briefing on Capitol Hill May 9, and the 2018 Hospice Comes to Washington Reception and Networking Event on May 10.

At the May 9 policy briefing, Capital Caring President and CEO Malene Davis will moderate a panel discussion on Policy, Progress and Future Prognoses: Legislative Options to Improve Care for Those with Serious, Advanced Illness. Congressional leaders and a broad, diverse set of policy experts – from consumers to patient advocates, hospice innovators and coalition leaders – will share information about federal policy options to improve care for those with serious advanced and life-limiting illnesses.

Invited keynote speakers include: Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA); Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD); and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).

This briefing will be held in partnership with the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC); The American Heart Association; National Partnership for Hospice Innovation; and the National Coalition on Health Care.

On May 10, Capital Caring will host the 11th Annual Hospice Comes to Washington. This reception and networking event will kick-off a month-long initiative honoring older adults, reshaping the dialogue on care and advancing the agenda to better serve all Americans now and for generations that will follow.

During the reception, the Champion of Care Award will be presented to C-TAC for the organization’s work to transform care for all Americans facing advanced illness. Additionally, the Community Impact Award will be presented to Dentons, the worlds’ largest law firm, for the company’s efforts in supporting Capital Caring by providing resources to help ensure all patients in need have access to hospice, palliative care, and bereavement support.

Policy Briefing: Legislative Options to Improve Care for those with Advanced Illness – Open to public and media

Wednesday, May 9 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Russell Senate Office Building room 485


  • Keysha Brooks-Coley, Vice President, Federal Advocacy and Strategic Alliances,   American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Tom Koutsoumpas, President and CEO, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation
  • Andrew MacPherson, Senior Policy Advisor, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC)
  • John Rother, President and CEO, National Coalition on Health Care

Hospice Comes to Washington Reception and Networking Event – Open to public and media

Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., Concert begins at 7:30p.m.


InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf

801 Wharf Street Southwest

Washington, DC 20024


For 40 years, Capital Caring’s mission has been to simply improve care for those facing life-limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education, and advocacy. Since its founding by committed volunteers in Northern Virginia, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to more than 120,000 patients and their families. Nearly 800 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 moms, dads, and kids every day in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring supports all those who need care, regardless of their ability to pay, and is proud to provide nearly $3.3 million in charitable care to families in need annually.



Capital Caring Hosts 2017’s First “Business Buzz”

As part of our popular Business Buzz program, Capital Caring welcomed more than 30 representatives from our business partners to the Capital Caring Adler Center on the Van Metre Campus on Thursday, February 9, for a special luncheon and presentation. Without the support and partnership of our technology providers, our medical equipment providers, our pharmacy partners, and even our accounting and investment portfolio managers, Capital Caring would not be able to provide the world-class service our community has relied on for the past 40 years. These organizations represent some of our region’s most influential and community-minded businesses.


Kim Brancato, the Executive Director of the Capital Caring Adler Center shared a beautiful story about the impact our volunteers, nurses, and social worker had on one particular patient who was so moved by the music being played on the piano in our Great Room and the calming touch of a pet therapy dog that her abdominal pain completely subsided. Len Adler, who along with his wife, Dale, provided the funds to build the Capital Caring Adler Center, then shared a poem that helped plant the seed in his heart about supporting Capital Caring in such a profoundly generous way. We are forever grateful for the dedication the entire Adler family has shown over the past years. And finally, Dawn Draayer, our Major and Corporate Gifts Officer, provided a sneak preview of the many events (and future Business Buzz luncheons) Capital Caring has planned for the rest of our 40th anniversary year.

DawnDWe would like to offer our sincere appreciation to all those who joined us for the first Business Buzz event of 2017. To learn more about future events, or to learn how your support could help Capital Caring simply improve care for those with advanced illness, email Dawn Draayer at or visit our Corporate Partnership Program page.