Hope Hospice in Dublin will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a series of special events, beginning with its first By Your Side Awards Luncheon at the Castlewood Country Club on March 26.

The nonprofit hospice-care organization will honor two individuals who were instrumental in its founding and development, Peter P. Wong and Richard “Dick” Martin.

In 1978, Martin, a banker and a deacon at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, led early discussions among concerned residents about how to solve a problem: Families who wanted to care for a dying loved one at home could not do so without skilled nursing assistance and education. To stay in the hospital would wipe them out financially. He’d seen enough, as he said a year later, “to set up a program [to] help terminally ill patients die in dignity with as little financial worry as possible.”

A letter went out to local churches and personal networks that year seeking community support, whether in time or dollars. The fledgling Hope Hospice was operated entirely by volunteers, including Wong, a Tri-Valley oncologist who served as the first medical director. Martin became Hope’s first chaplain, providing spiritual care to hospice patients and families. All of the nurses, the bereavement team, and office workers also volunteered their time.

The inaugural Peter P. Wong Legacy Award will be presented to the family of the late physician, who was with Hope Hospice for over 30 years. The first Richard L. Martin Service Award also will be presented to members of his family.

Dublin Mayor David Haubert will be master of ceremonies for the awards presentation and fundraiser. Dr. Kuljeet Multani, associate medical director at Hope Hospice, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Multani is a palliative care physician with Palo Alto Medical Foundation and in-patient physician at Stanford Health ValleyCare in Pleasanton.

Tickets for the By Your Side Awards Luncheon are on sale at HopeHospice.com/byyourside.