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McCabe Foundation donates $100,000 to support VNA Hospice House Endowment Fund

McCabe Foundation donation

Recently, The Robert F. and Eleonora W. McCabe Foundation made a one-time grant of $100,000 to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice House Endowment Fund in support of programs and services provided at VNA’s Hospice House in Vero Beach. The gift was made at the direction of long-time VNA supporters, Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. McCabe, who serve on the McCabe Foundation board. The McCabes were also significant donors to the capital campaign to establish Indian River County’s only Hospice House, serving the community since 2000. Their generosity helps to ensure a peaceful environment and compassionate end-of-life care will be available to hospice patients for many years, and will be recognized with a plaque on the Hospice House’s ‘Promises Made Promises to Keep’ donor wall. The McCabe’s continued generosity toward VNA’s Hospice House is also recognized by the home’s Grand Garden Room, which bears their name.

“The Visiting Nurse Association’s mission of providing care for all regardless of financial situation has been important to Bob and me for more than 25 years. This organization is a valued partner in the healthcare continuum of services in our community,” said Ellie McCabe. “We were honored to support the VNA Hospice House capital campaign to care for those in need of comfort and peace in a home-like setting. Our Foundation’s current gift to the VNA Hospice House Endowment Fund will help to ensure the philanthropic investment, we and other donors made, is available for years to come.”

Credited with inspiring and mentoring several of Indian River County’s philanthropic movements, the McCabes presented VNA Co-founder, Ann Marie McCrystal, VNA and Hospice Foundation Vice President, Kerry Bartlett, CFRE and VNA President & CEO, Mary Linn Hamilton, with their generous donation at a luncheon on March 24. During the luncheon, the McCabes announced that after 61 years, the McCabe Foundation will be dissolving this month. The couple plan to continue their philanthropic efforts through a donor-advised fund at the Indian River Community Foundation. The VNA and Hospice Foundation was one of five community organizations to receive a one-time grant from the McCabes during the luncheon.

“Bob and Ellie have been philanthropic leaders in our community as well as in their respective home towns for decades. They saw this pivotal point in their lives as the perfect opportunity to leave a legacy to nonprofits that have been a passion for them,” said Ann Marie McCrystal. “More importantly, they decided not to wait to make this generous gift, as they wanted to personally see the impact of what they have done and hope to do in the future.”

VNA’s Hospice House has served as a haven for families navigating end-of-life care and services for more than 17 years. Because of donors like the McCabes, the VNA and Hospice Foundation is able to provide funding to ensure all residents in need of hospice services receive care, regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more about the VNA and Hospice Foundation, or services offered by the VNA visit

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