Registrations being taken for revised Hospice Hustle

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Published on September 01, 2020 with No Comments

Registration is open online for Hospice of the Calumet Area’s annual Hospice Hustle cycling event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ride has gone virtual in order to encourage safety and social distancing. Participants can register to ride a 15-, 25-, 50-, 75- or 100-mile course of their choosing and will be able track and share their progress utilizing a special app.

The 16th annual Hospice Hustle will begin Friday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 13. Registration is $35 and cyclists will be entered into a special drawing to win one of several door prizes sponsored by Nick’s Liquors, Crown Brewing, Centier Bank and Truly Teas. All proceeds help provide care for hospice patients and their families.

The Hospice Hustle is a community effort; two individuals who know this more than anyone are the event co-chairs, Bill Hasse and Dr. Gus Galante.

Hasse’s company, Hasse Construction, and Dr. Galante’s practice go the extra mile for Hospice of the Calumet Area, having had their lives touched by its care. Since 2005, with the help of fellow cyclists and supporters, they have helped to raise more than $450,000 to ensure that Hospice of the Calumet Area’s services remain available to Northwest Indiana and neighboring Illinois communities.

For 39 years, Hospice of the Calumet Area has been dedicated to improving the quality of life through compassionate care for individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness.

This year, community support is needed more than ever. The co-chairs are asking other community members and businesses to come together for Hospice of the Calumet Area through sponsorships. Major sponsors to date are Community Healthcare Systems, Peoples Bank, First Merchants Bank, Strack & Van Til, Largus Graphix Solutions, Gustavo E. Galante, M.D., Hasse Construction, Deen-Gross Eye Centers, Horizon Bank, Braman Insurance Services, CBC Surgery Center.

A variety of tiers are available, so no matter the scale of the business, any community business, organization or individual can make a difference.

To register and learn more, visit

For further information, including sponsorship details, contact Jenifer Okamura at 219.922.2732 or email at

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The Rothchild family, from left, Greg Sr., Andrew, Greg Jr., Jacob and Melissa, has been supporting the Hospice Hustle for the past seven years, riding in memory of their loved ones cared for by Hospice of the Calumet Area.



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