KeyBank Foundation Supports Star Hospice House

KeyBank press photo in front of The Star Hospice House

Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care is pleased to announce the $50,000 contribution from KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, to its Our House Campaign to build The Star Hospice House in Chautauqua County.

The hospice residence, which will be located adjacent to the CHPC administrative offices on Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood, is expected to be operational in 2021. Each year it will provide over 200 individuals who lack a caregiver, have complex medical conditions or can’t remain at home with a peaceful, dignified resting place in their final days.

“We at KeyBank are committed to supporting programs and organizations that are making a difference in Western New York.  The Star Hospice House will have a significant impact on the Chautauqua region by helping to improve care for those with terminal illnesses and experiencing the process of grief,” said Elizabeth Gurney, Executive Director of the KeyBank and First Niagara Foundations.  “The compassionate care offered by Hospice fills a critical need for patients with serious illnesses by providing the guidance, dignity and emotional support those patients and their families need.”

The hospice residence will be named The Star Hospice House in honor of the generosity of Stanley and Elizabeth Star, long-time residents of Chautauqua County. 

“We are grateful to KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation for their support of The Star Hospice House,” said Shauna Anderson, President & CEO of CHPC. “The Star Hospice House is taking shape to bring dignity and comfort to so many of our residents and KeyBank’s partnership is vital to its success.”

The Our House Campaign has raised $2.3 million. Due to pandemic-related cost increases associated with the construction, the campaign is being extended through the summer. The campaign is being guided by Bert & Mary Rappole, campaign co-chairs who have a long and deep commitment to CHPC’s mission.

The mission of CHPC is to provide comprehensive palliative/end-of-life care and education. CHPC provides hospice care for patients and families facing life-limiting terminal illness, palliative care for those with serious chronic illness, and bereavement support to individuals, families and organizations who have suffered the loss of a loved one. To donate to the Our House Campaign, learn more about the hospice house or the mission of CHPC, visit  or call (716) 338-0033.

KeyBank’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $170.3 billion at December 31, 2020. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,000 branches and more than 41,000 KeyBank ATMs and AllPoint surcharge free ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.

Founded in 1998, the First Niagara Foundation will carry out the philanthropic legacy of First Niagara Bank, which was acquired by KeyCorp in 2016. The Foundation, in partnership with KeyBank, supports not for profit organizations dedicated to empowering individuals and neighborhoods primarily in Western New York.

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