Arkansas Hospice presents the first Michael V. Aureli Compass Award to Sharon Aureli

By David Edwards on May 17th, 2022


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November 15, 2022 (North Little Rock, Ark.) – For a second year, Arkansas Hospice is brightening the holidays for patients facing life-limiting illnesses through its Elf Squad.

“The Elf Squad was a wonderful success last year,” said Harriet Hawkins, Arkansas Hospice’s director of volunteers. “Our patients come from all walks of life. They love getting gifts like socks, slippers, blankets and large-print puzzle books. These items might seem small, but they can provide comfort and joy for these fellow Arkansans facing what will most likely be their last holiday season.”

There are two ways to join the Arkansas Hospice Elf Squad:

  1. The public is invited to take ornaments from Elf Squad trees at participating merchants and locations throughout Arkansas Hospice’s 43-county service area. The back of each ornament has a small list of potential gifts. Once items have been purchased, ornaments should be taped to unwrapped gifts and returned to the same location. Gifts will be collected through Dec. 14.
  2. Support Arkansas Hospice programs like the Elf Squad that benefit our fellow Arkansans by giving online.

All Elf Squad tree locations and how to give online can be found online at arkansashospice.org/elfsquad.

“It’s our goal to deliver gifts to as many patients as possible again this holiday season,” Hawkins said. “Whether you prefer to buy gifts or to donate online, your generosity is truly appreciated.”

Last year, the Arkansas Hospice Elf Squad placed gifts in the hands of more than 500 patients, with this year’s total projected to be higher. As the state’s largest non-profit provider of hospice services, Arkansas Hospice cares for patients and their families in 43 counties. The Elf Squad is part of the Arkansas Hospice Volunteer program in conjunction with the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, which increases awareness and raises funds for the mission of Arkansas Hospice.

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About Arkansas Hospice

Caring since 1992, Arkansas Hospice’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional, and spiritual care. The hospice care provider is the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards, as well as numerous other awards for quality of care, including Hospice Honors Elite from HEALTHCAREfirst, as well as the only hospice in Arkansas to be certified by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit service to Arkansas’ veteran population. For more information, visit https://www.arkansashospice.org.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A highlight of Arkansas Hospice’s recent Party at the Plaza event was the presentation of the organization’s first Michael V. Aureli Compass Award to Sharon Aureli for her vital contributions to the nonprofit organization during its 30-year history.

The award is named for Sharon’s late husband, Michael Aureli, who was the founder of Arkansas Hospice and died in 2011 as a patient in the organization’s care.

For nearly 11 years, Sharon has been a key figure at Arkansas Hospice in her own right. In 2013, she joined the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, where she served for many years before being named the Foundation Board Chair in the fall of 2018. Since then, she’s moved over to the Arkansas Hospice Governing Board, where she continues to play an active role.

In addition, Sharon is extremely accomplished in her own career as a nurse. In 2015, she was named a Health Care Hero and Nurse of the Year by Arkansas Business for her work at Baptist Health.

The Michael V. Aureli Compass Award was presented during Arkansas Hospice’s new signature event, Party at the Plaza, on Saturday, April 23, at North Little Rock’s Argenta Plaza. While Sharon knew beforehand that she would receive the award, she did not know until the presentation that it would be named for her husband.

Paying tribute to Sharon during the presentation were Arkansas Hospice Foundation Board Chair Kim Pruitt, Arkansas Hospice Board Chair Barbara Sugg, and Arkansas Hospice President & CEO Judy Wooten.

Pictured from left: Kim Pruitt, Barbara Sugg, Sharon Aureli with granddaughter Taylor Melancon, and Judy Wooten

Upon presentation of the award, Wooten stated, “She’s a person of great faith, and commitment to the mission of Arkansas Hospice. For the last 30 years, Sharon has been with us every step of the way. She’s been a constant companion and supporter, pointing the needle to the true north of care and compassion for those facing serious illness and loss. She truly has what we call a ‘hospice heart.’”

Prior to the event, those wanting to join Sharon in supporting the mission of Arkansas Hospice were invited to become a “Friend of Sharon” for a $100 donation in her honor. Donations to be a Friend of Sharon and support the mission of Arkansas Hospice in her honor are continuing online at https://bit.ly/3sHvEq5.


CLICK HERE to view a video of the award presentation.


The next Michael V. Aureli Compass Award presentation is slated for April 2023 in conjunction with the next Party at the Plaza benefiting Arkansas Hospice.

About Arkansas Hospice

Caring since 1992, Arkansas Hospice’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional, and spiritual care. The hospice care provider is the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards, as well as numerous other awards for quality of care, including Hospice Honors Elite from HEALTHCAREfirst, as well as the only hospice in Arkansas to be certified by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit service to Arkansas’ veteran population. For more information, visit https://www.arkansashospice.org.

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