Bert Wright, a Haven Hospice volunteer and master at the reins, rode a horse-led buggy lent to the organization by C. D. Wall of Bunnell.


Haven Hospice Wins Dr. Canakaris Award
2014 Potato Festival Parade Award Winner

Bunnell, Florida (June 3, 2014) – Under clear blue skies, Haven Hospice joined with 27 other parade groups on May 17 for the City of Bunnell 2014 Potato Festival Parade. The annual festival, in its sixth year, commemorates the contribution of potato farming to the area’s agricultural history.

The group representing Haven Hospice was led by Dahlia and Eric Louie carrying the Haven Hospice banner. Additional volunteers walked behind the banner in their purple volunteer t-shirts. Bert Wright, a Haven Hospice volunteer and master at the reins, rode a horse-led buggy lent to the organization by C. D. Wall of Bunnell.

Haven Hospice, represented by its active and enthusiastic volunteers, won the Dr. Canakaris Award and trophy for being the best representation of a civic organization’s or non-profit agency’s mission or vision.  Dr. John Canakaris, the namesake for the award and a long-time resident of Flagler County, was known for the opening of Bunnell’s first clinic, first hospital and the Flagler County Free Clinic which is still in operation today. “What an honor it is to receive this award, especially in the name of Dr. Canakaris who was a medical pioneer in the Flagler County area,” said Jordan Heaps, administrator for the DeLand Haven Hospice team which includes the Bunnel office.  

The mission of Haven Hospice, a not-for-profit community hospice organization, is to provide comfort, care and compassion for patients and families regardless of their ability to pay. This is made possible by the dedication of Haven volunteers, staff and supporters. For more than 35 years, Haven Hospice has had the honor and privilege to serve more than 68,000 patients and families in Florida.