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Fourth Annual Signature Golf Classic Benefits Hospice
12/12/2016

Medalist Golf Club Hosts Exclusive Tournament

Signature Golf Classic

Hobe Sound, FL - Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Hospice Signature Golf Classic, Monday, Dec. 12, at Medalist Golf Club. Sixty-four local golf enthusiasts were paired with 23 PGA, Web.com and LPGA tour professionals to play the challenging, members-only course.  The Signature Golf Classic raises funds to support the valuable end-of-life care programs and services that Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea provide.

PGA stars Ryan Armour and Dominic Bozzelli along with LPGA golfers Jaye-Marie Green and Alison Walshe were among the notable players in attendance. Championship Tour players Bruce Fleisher and Dana Quigley were also spotted on the fairway.

“I would like to thank those who made this event so successful, including the sponsors, golfers, professionals and the exceptional staff at the Medalist,” said Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea Foundations, “I would especially like to thank Tournament Chairman and Medalist Golf Club member Tom Tracy. He has been instrumental in orchestrating this event for the past four years and we are grateful for his continued support.”

A cocktail reception and awards ceremony immediately followed the tournament. Round winners included: 1st Place Team— Jeff Welch, Mark Bryan, Jared Smith and Pro Will Wilcox; 2nd Place Team— Pete Falcone, Asher Raphael, Corey Schiller and Pro Seamus Power; and 3rd Place Team— Cressman Bronson, Scott Wilson, Raj Krishnasamy and Pro Justin Peters. Guests then enjoyed a gourmet buffet dinner and fine desserts from the Medalist’s executive chef.

All funds raised through the tournament support Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea in bringing compassionate care and reassurance into people’s lives in their times of greatest need. This year’s underwriters included Aflac, AMG, Bouchard Insurance, Coastal Wine & Spirits, ESPN 106.3, Ketel One Vodka, Knight Corporations, Medline Foundation, Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, PNC and Toshiba Business Solutions.

Voter Registration Available At Hospice Heart Luncheon
9/26/2016

Fundraiser Will Feature Political Satirist, Journalist P.J. O’Rourke

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – With Florida’s voter registration deadline fast-approaching, attendees of the Hospice Heart Luncheon will have the opportunity to register to vote at the event itself, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, at the Hilton West Palm Beach.

A representative from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office will be in attendance for anyone who wishes to register before the Oct. 11 deadline.

America’s leading political satirist, journalist and author P.J. O’Rourke will be the featured speaker at the event which will begin at 11:30 a.m. After he speaks, O’Rourke will engage in a Q&A session with attendees.Tickets (priced at $150 per person and $1,250 per table of 10) may be purchased by calling (561) 494-6888 or by visiting www.hpbcf.org.

Presented by PNC, all proceeds raised from the Hospice Heart Luncheon will benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation.

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater will serve as the event’s Honorary Chairman. A fifth-generation Floridian, Atwater was first elected Florida’s CFO in 2010 and was reelected in 2014. His commitment to public service began in 1993, when his hometown of North Palm Beach elected him Vice Mayor. Atwater has also served in the House of Representatives and as President of the Florida Senate.

A Toledo, Ohio native, O’Rourke is the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard. He has been a frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show Wait Wait….Don’t Tell Me! and has also been a columnist at The Daily Beast since 2011.

O’Rourke is the author of 20 books, including Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards. Using his signature wit and keen observational skills, the book reflects on O’Rourke’s 40-year career as a political commentator, spanning his confused hippie youth to his current state of right wing grouch maturity. The book is a hilarious and sobering look at why politics and politicians are a necessary evil – but only just barely necessary (https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/16446901-don-t-vote---it-just-encourages-the-bastards).

Inaugural Hospice Heart Luncheon to Feature American Political Satirist, Journalist P.J. O’Rourke
9/8/2016

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Named Honorary Chairman

Don't Vote It just encourages the bastards pj o'rourke

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – American political satirist and journalist P.J. O’Rourke will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Hospice Heart Luncheon on Friday, October 7, at the Hilton West Palm Beach.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and tickets (priced at $150 per person and $1,250 per table of 10) may be purchased by calling (561) 494-6888 or by visiting www.hpbcf.org.

Presented by PNC, all proceeds raised from the Hospice Heart Luncheon will benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation.

“We certainly expect that P.J. O’Rourke will offer a brilliant and humorous look at the ongoing political season,” said Greg Leach, Foundation President. “We encourage everyone to purchase their tickets as quickly as possible as seating is limited for P.J.’s only scheduled area appearance. We’re looking forward to raising funds for special services that help hospice patients and families during their most difficult time.”

Joining O’Rourke at the event will be Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater, who will serve as the event’s Honorary Chairman. A fifth-generation Floridian, Atwater was first elected Florida’s CFO in 2010 and was reelected in 2014. His commitment to public service began in 1993, when his hometown of North Palm Beach elected him Vice Mayor. Atwater has also served in the House of Representatives, and the Florida Senate.
 
A Toledo, Ohio native, O’Rourke is the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard. He has been a frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show Wait Wait….Don’t Tell Me! and has also been a columnist at The Daily Beast since 2011.
 
“Sometimes, as a political humorist, I feel like I should apologize,” said O’Rourke. “What good does political humor do? Boy, we political humorists have made a lot of fun of these two presidential candidates. And, look, we’ve still got them.

“But, humor lowers stress. And, that’s a good thing, especially this election year. And, humor lowers inhibitions. If humor lowers inhibitions about giving generous contributions to a great cause like Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation, that’s a good thing too.”

O’Rourke is the author of 20 books, including the one he will discuss at the Hospice Heart Luncheon – Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards. Using his signature wit and keen observational skills, O’Rourke reflects on his 40-year career as a political commentator, spanning his confused hippie youth to his current state of right wing grouch maturity. The book is a hilarious and sobering look at why politics and politicians are a necessary evil – but only just barely necessary.

Winners Crowned at Horizons Fishing Tournament
6/28/2016

Event Benefited the Children’s Bereavement Programs of Hospice of Palm Beach County, Hospice by the Sea Foundations

team aboard the Miss Bella 
Angler Kevin Wheat (center) and the team aboard the Miss Bella, which brought in the winning catch of the Horizons Fishing Tournament, a wahoo weighing in at 56.3 pounds.


RIVIERA BEACH, FL – The 17th annual Horizons Fishing Tournament recently took place at Riviera Beach Marina, which attracted anglers from around South Florida.
Benefiting the Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea Foundations, the tournament offered over $25,000 in cash and prizes, including a $5,000 grand prize for the heaviest kingfish, dolphin or wahoo.

Winning the grand prize after reeling in a Wahoo that weighed 56.3 pounds was Kevin Wheat, who was aboard the boat “Miss Bella.”

Other first-place class winners included Kylie Webber (Kingfish, 40.6 pounds); Cynthia Gialiardo (Dolphin, 8.6 pounds); Raymond Hans (Wahoo, 46.4 pounds); Patrick Marasco (Snapper/Grouper, 13.6 pounds); Logan Clevenger (Junior Division, Kingfish, 25.6 pounds); Belinda Machiela (Ladies Division, Kingfish, 20.7 pounds); and Ryan McGinnis (The Winners Circle and The Big Kahuna, Wahoo, 39.8 pounds).

Additionally, the boat “Sword A Broke” walked away with three awards – Richard Black Memorial Award, 3 Fish Aggregate Award and the Fishing For My Loved One Award. The latter was in memory of Carol Gache.

The Most Donated Fish Award went to Goin Raptor after collecting fish that weighed in at a total of 92.9 pounds. 

“Yet again, we were thrilled to see the number of dedicated participants in this great event,” said Greg Leach, Foundation President. “The funds raised will go a long way in assisting our Sea Star Program and children’s bereavement services. We thank everyone for supporting the tournament.”
During the tournament, there was a fishing clinic for children participating in the Foundation’s bereavement program to learn to become anglers. The day of sun and fun ended with the official weigh-in, followed by an awards ceremony with food, drink, raffles and entertainment

19th Annual Hospice Regatta Held in Fort Lauderdale
5/26/2016

Regatta Multihull Division winners

WPLG Channel 10 reporter Layron Livingston (far left) and Larry Geller and Brian Broad, Multihull Division winners of the 19th annual Hospice Regatta (Photo Credit:  Leonard Bryant)

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The 19th annual Hospice Regatta, presented by Holman Automotive, drew attention to the shores off Fort Lauderdale Beach last Saturday as more than 30 sailboats competed in the race, which benefited Hospice by the Sea’s and Hospice of Broward County’s programs and services for patients in the local community.

At the race to the finish line, it was Bret Moss who collected the grand prize trophy. Other first-place winners included Contrails with Skipper Jim Wallace (ARC Division); Magic Marine with Skipper Moss (Beach Cat Division); Meantime with Skipper Timothy Leonard (Cruising Canvas Division); Third Tri II with Skippers Broad and Geller (Multihull Division); and Breeze with Skipper Valeri Safiullin (PHRF Division).

Following the action on the water, participants and fans gathered at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club for an entertaining awards ceremony. The evening event, emceed by WPLG Channel 10 reporter Layron Livingston, included food, drinks, live entertainment, a silent auction, raffles and more. 

“Just as in past years, the Hospice Regatta continues to be a fantastic, well-attended event dedicated to supporting the special programs provided by Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Broward County,” said Greg Leach, Foundation President. “From the Skipper’s Meeting, to the exciting race on the water and the evening awards ceremony, which is always a great time, we are truly grateful to all who competed, supported and volunteered at this year’s Regatta.”

Major sponsors for the event included Holman Automotive, AT&T, Bouchard Insurance, Publix Supermarkets Charities, Gordon H. Heaver, PNC and Marina Bay Marina Resort.

For the past 37 years, Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Broward County have made a difference in the lives of countless families by bringing compassionate care and reassurance into the lives of patients and families in times of great need. Funds raised by the Hospice by the Sea/Hospice of Broward County Foundations through events such as the Hospice Regatta provide the highest standard in end-of-life care to our community through unique programs such as caregiver support, music therapy, pet therapy, and grief support services for children and adults.

Hospice Foundations Host Mimosas & Mallets Brunch At International Polo Club
4/13/2016
Jennifer Schnipper, Monty and Christine Lambert Jeremy and Sharon McNeill, Mr. and Mrs. Taurn   Bhalla, Shannon Foster, Christine Pitts
Jennifer Schnipper, Monty and Christine Lambert Jeremy and Sharon McNeill, Mr. and Mrs. Taurn Bhalla, Shannon Foster, Christine Pitts

WELLINGTON, FL – Polo and Philanthropy were the stars of the afternoon as Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation recently hosted the 3rd Annual Mimosas & Mallets Brunch at the International Polo Club in Wellington.

With more than 70 attendees, the event has become a popular season staple within the polo community and beyond.

The exclusive event began with a sumptuous Champagne Brunch served field side on the exclusive Mallet Grille patio. Guests then were able to sit field side or in the stands to enjoy the opening match of the 112th US Open championship competition, between teams White Birch and Valiente. During the match, attendees were invited to participate in the champagne divot stomp, a polo match halftime tradition involving spectators making an experience out of “stomping” divots made on the field by the polo horses’ quick starts, stops and turns.

“Thanks to our event supporters and sponsors, we are able to fulfill our mission to provide exceptional, compassionate care for all who need it. Because of their generosity, the entire community is able to benefit from specialized hospice programs and services that far exceed what is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance,” said Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, Hospice by the Sea Foundation and Hospice of Broward County Foundation. “We are very grateful for those who came today to Mimosas & Mallets in support our organization and the important work that we do.”

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, Hospice by the Sea Foundation Honor Major Donors
3/23/2016
Bill & Kathy Quinn, Randy Prange Ellen & Ed Wolf Marian Nease, Bishop W. Oshea Granger
Bill & Kathy Quinn, Randy Prange Ellen & Ed Wolf Marian Nease, Bishop W. Oshea Granger

PALM BEACH, FL – The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation recently held the annual Chairman’s Reception to honor major donors.

The invitation-only event was again graciously hosted by Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach, which provided its private rooftop terrace overlooking famous Worth Avenue.

Donors were welcomed and feted in style by Wally Findlay Galleries Chairman & CEO Jimmy Borynack, a long-time supporter of Hospice and member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

“We’re always eager to recognize our supporters’ commitment to our mission,” said Bishop W. Oshea Granger, Foundation Chairman. “Our donors enable our hospice to continue to provide exceptional, compassionate care to all who need it.”

“We can’t thank our donors enough for helping enhance the quality of life for our patients and families. Thanks to their generosity, the entire community benefits from patient care and bereavement programs that far exceed what is covered under the Medicare hospice benefit,” added Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation.

‘Meet the Winemaker’ Reception at Morton’s The Steakhouse Raises Funds for Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, Hospice by the Sea Foundation
3/10/2016

Brewer-Clifton Winemaker Greg Brewer

Brewer-Clifton Winemaker Greg Brewer (left) greeted Susan Esson at “Meet the Winemaker” reception

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Morton’s The Steakhouse in West Palm Beach recently hosted a “Meet the Winemaker” reception as a fundraiser for the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation.

Guests were able to meet Brewer-Clifton winemaker Greg Brewer and enjoy wines showcasing the fantastic terroir of California’s Santa Rita Hills. Few wineries in the world have achieved the level of acclaim accorded Brewer-Clifton.

The event was courtesy of Hospice Foundation Board member Tylor Field, III, who is Vice President, Wine & Spirits, of Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Since 2005, Field has guided Morton’s leadership in developing and providing a diverse world-class selection of fine wines and spirits to complement and enhance the fine dining experience of guests at Morton’s steakhouses around the world.

‘Dinner with the Winemaker’ at Morton’s The Steakhouse Supports Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, Hospice by the Sea Foundation
3/9/2016


Dinner with the Winemaker

BOCA RATON, FL – Morton’s The Steakhouse in Boca Raton recently played host to a “Dinner with the Winemaker” fundraiser for the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation.

The event featured wines from Anderson’s Conn Valley and included owner and winemaker Todd Anderson as a co-host. There was also a silent auction featuring selected wines from Anderson’s Conn Valley and other vintners.
   
The event was courtesy of Hospice Foundation Board member Tylor Field, III, who is Vice President, Wine & Spirits, of Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Since 2005, Field has guided Morton’s leadership in developing and providing a diverse world-class selection of fine wines and spirits to complement and enhance the fine dining experience of guests at Morton’s steakhouses around the world.

Foundation Board member Robert M. Friedman and his wife Karen served as event co-chairs.

Hospice Foundations Returning to International Polo Club With Mimosas & Mallets Brunch
3/9/2016


Mimosas & Mallets

Jennifer Foland, Amanda Baughman, Jennifer Schnipper and Stacy Bellows.

WELLINGTON, FL – The 3rd annual Mimosas & Mallets brunch, to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation, is scheduled for Sunday, April 3, at the International Polo Club in Wellington.

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased by calling (561) 494-6888 or by visiting www.hpbcf.org.

The event begins at 12:45 p.m. with a sumptuous champagne brunch served field-side at the exclusive, members-only Mallet Grille Patio. Guests will then take their seats for the opening match of the 112th U.S. Open Championship.

The champagne divot stomp at halftime and the trophy presentation at the end of the match will complete the experience.

“We’re thankful for the continued support of the polo community and Palm Beach Illustrated for making this event a success,” said Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation. “Attendees can enjoy a great day of championship polo and know that they are helping to fund much-needed services for hospice patients and their family members.”

7th Annual South East Rods & Customs Hospice Benefit Open Car Show Scheduled for Sunday, March 13
2/24/2016

Will Feature Hot Rods, Rock n’ Roll Concert, Car of Dreams Museum

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The 7th annual South East Rods & Customs Hospice Benefit Open Car Show will take place Sunday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Car of Dreams Museum (133 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach).

Organized by South East Rods & Customs and the Car of Dreams Museum, the show is free to the public.

For a donation of $10 to benefit the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation, attendees can also get a rare view of one of the nation’s premier car collections, housed in the museum by owners John and Jeanette Staluppi. Please note that the museum doors close at 2:00.

Last year, more than 750 people crowded the museum to see the eye-catching cars.

The museum’s new Coney Island theme features much of the memorabilia that is reminiscent of the iconic amusement park. The design features bumper cars, a beachfront boardwalk with a Carvel ice cream store, a Nathan’s restaurant as well as hand-painted murals of the Parachute Jump and the world famous Cyclone rollercoaster.

Throughout the day, entertainment will be provided by such bands as “Spanky & Dino” and “The Whitestone Band” as well as DJ’s Butch & Jennifer. Show awards will also be distributed at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to register as a participant, please visit www.hpbcf.org/cruise-in.

Greg Leach Appointed to Second Term As Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors For Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
2/16/2016

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, Hospice of Broward County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation, was recently appointed to a second term as Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors for Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is an award-winning hospital that ranks highly nationwide for stroke and cardiac care. It is one of only four hospitals in the U.S. to be accredited for percutaneous coronary intervention, cardiac catheterization and carotid artery stenting by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence. The hospital also ranks in the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke by Healthgrades.

Leach joined the Hospice organization in 2008 and is responsible for providing leadership to Foundation employees, donors, the Board of Directors and related parties, while conducting fundraising activities for annual support, memorial gifts, special projects, endowments and deferred giving.

Actively involved in the community, Leach is a past Chairman and Board Member of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and Past Chairman of the PGA Corridor Association. 

He’s also a former Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association’s seven-state Greater Southeast Affiliate and was a recipient of the American Heart Association’s highest award – The “Heart of Gold” Award.

Additionally, Leach is involved with many community outreach programs including being a former board member of The United Way, Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park and others. 

A Florida native, Leach has been a member of the Northern Palm Beach community since 1988.

Fountains Country Club Golf Tournament Draws Crowd for Charity
2/16/2016

LAKE WORTH, FL – The 34th annual Fountains Country Golf Tournament to benefit hospice patient care programs for Hospice of Palm Beach County and Broward County as well as Hospice by the Sea, recently took place.

The winning foursomes included Barbara Orloff, Eny Condren, Ellen Hirshfield and Lisa Kreiner (Ladies); Jerry Storch, Mel Lillian, George Sigel and Jerry Eisenman (Men’s); and Larry/Amy Levine and Al/Marcia Lovenger (Couples).

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $1.8 million in support of hospice care for the community.

After a round of golf on one of the area’s most challenging courses, the event also included a cocktail reception and dinner.

Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Names Three New Board Members
2/3/2016

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Jennifer Brancaccio, Mark Cook and Jeremy Hurd have been elected to the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Board of Directors.

A Florida State graduate, Jennifer Brancaccio is the Market President (SE Florida & the Keys) for Iberiabank. She is actively involved with the United Way of Palm Beach County, serving on the Community Impact Committee and the Women’s Leadership Council.  She also volunteers with other charity organizations in Palm Beach County including Habitat for Humanity and the American Heart Association.

Mark Cook is President of Royal Palm Management, Inc., a commercial property management firm. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Cook also serves on the Boards for the Town of Palm Beach United Way, South Florida PBS, the American Cancer Society, the Palm Beach Civic Association and the Palm Healthcare Foundation. 

Jeremy Hurd is EMS Captain of the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. A graduate of Bob Jones University, he serves on the Board for The Florian Program and volunteers with such organizations as Christ Fellowship, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Children’s Home Society and the Big Heart Brigade. 

“We’re honored that Jennifer, Mark and Jeremy have agreed to join our Board,” said Greg Leach, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation President. “We will benefit greatly from the insight and perspective they have garnered from years of dedicated community service.”
Other Board members include Bishop W. Oshea Granger, Chairman; William E. Quinn, II, Vice Chairman; Thomas C. Quick, Secretary; Robert M. Friedman, CLU, Treasurer; Richard P. Callahan, Immediate Past Chairman; James R. Borynack; Thomas G. Burns, CPA; F. Malcolm Cunningham, Jr., Esq.; Tylor Field, III; Pamela S. Goodman; Stuart B. Klein, Esq.; Albert J. Travasos, CLU; and Beth Walton.

Sea Star Program’s Camp Good Grief Helps Grieving Children
1/21/2016

Camp Good Grief

Photo Credit: Socrates Morilla

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Fifty children attended the Sea Star Program’s Camp Good Grief last weekend at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp.

Held by TrustBridge Health Bereavement Centers, the program was provided for grieving children ages 8 to 17 from Palm Beach County and Broward County.

The free of charge, three-day/two-night camping experience included outdoor activities, games and organized cooperative activities, music and art.

Campers also enjoyed support and friendship as they shared their stories, while having the opportunity to identify ways to cope with loss and change, improve self-esteem, learn to recognize and validate feelings, identify safe ways to express grief and recognize that having fun is still a part of life.

“We’re thrilled that these children were able to experience this wonderful camp,” said Bishop W. Oshea Granger, Chairman, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation. “We’re hopeful that through their shared experience, they can help each other find a ‘new normal.’”

“We are also grateful to our many donors, including the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, who made this healing experience possible. We’re so thankful for their support.”

To view a video of Camp Good Grief in action, go to youtu.be/gk_MN3xiJoc . If you would like more information on our bereavement programs for children and adults, call (561) 227-5175 or visit www.hpbc.com.

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