Solomons Man Enters Md. Senior Citizens Hall of Fame - Southern Maryland Headline News

Solomons Man Enters Md. Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Russ Horton, of Solomons, was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for his hospice work in Calvert County. (Submitted photo)
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Nov. 4, 2008)—Russ Horton, of Solomons, joined the Class of 2008 inductees into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie Sunday, October 23. Horton was nominated by Calvert Hospice for his support of Hospice families and bereavement clients and involvement in fundraising for Hospice House.

“Russ has supported bereaved clients with compassion, care and a deep spirituality,” said Ann Lavezzo, Calvert Hospice volunteer coordinator. "As a family service volunteer, he sits with patients, offers gentle support, accompanies family members on their journey, and provides respite care."

Horton also started an annual Hospice fundraiser, Mardi Gras. The event, held at Asbury-Solomons, not only raises funds for Calvert Hospice, but also raises awareness about Hospice services.

Having lost two children of his own, Horton chooses to support bereavement clients who have also lost a child. He willingly shares his counseling skills and life experiences to console others whether he is assisting with the Time to Heal: Death of a Child bereavement support group or traveling the county to comfort grieving families.

Horton has played an integral role in the activity of the local Compassionate Friends chapter. The Compassionate Friends is an international organization dedicated to grief support after the death of a child. Mr. Horton has served as chapter leader and a national board member.

“His leadership skills, dedication and willingness to serve the community make him exceptionally deserving of entry into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of fame,” said Lavezzo.

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