The annual Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala, a Black Tie Affair, held on Saturday, June 11 at the Technology Building at Blue Ridge Community College was a huge success with a record-breaking 400 attendees who helped us raise more than $120,000 to benefit the new Comprehensive Cancer Center. The new Center will consolidate pre-existing cancer services into one central location that will house the most advanced services and facilities possible. The center will allow Pardee Hospital to provide more convenient care, better research capability, increased synergy among providers, and better outcomes for patients. This facility will underscore Pardee’s dedication to the health of the community it serves, allowing families who deal with a cancer diagnosis to feel supported and confident throughout a challenging time.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual Physician of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year awards. It was an honor to celebrate this year’s Physician of the Year, Dr. Eric Byrd. This is the fourth year that the Foundation has presented the Physician of the Year Award, which is given to a Pardee physician whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care, and a commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the community. Dr. Byrd was nominated by several of his patients as well as fellow Pardee Hospital doctors for exemplifying these characteristics.
Dr. Byrd practices Internal Medicine at Carolina Mountain Internal Medicine and is a current part-time Pardee Hospitalist physician. Dr. Byrd joins Dr. Ken Shelton, Dr. James Caserio, and Dr. Stuart Glassman as winners of the award. Also recognized were husband and wife, William “Bill” and Dot Moyer as Philanthropists of the Year. This year marked the thirteenth annual Philanthropist of the Year award, which is given to members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to Pardee Hospital, to Pardee Hospital Foundation, and towards the improvement of community health care.
Bill and Dot worked as attorneys at prestigious law firms in Philadelphia before moving to Henderson County in 1990. Both became active in community affairs serving on numerous civic and charitable boards including lending their time and talent to Pardee Hospital. Bill spent a total of twelve years serving on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, eight years as Chair, and currently serves on the Board of Pardee Hospital as well as the Asheville Regional Airport. Dot currently serves as Board Chair for Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Vice President, Foothills Equestrian Trails Association, Board and Executive Committee Member, Flat Rock Playhouse Board of Trustees.
Dr. Byrd as well as Mr. and Mrs. Moyer are fantastic representatives of our community. Pardee Hospital is a better place because of them and we would not be able to provide the care our community deserves without these individuals. We thank them for the dedication, time, and talent.
The evening concluded with dinner, dancing, silent auction, and the announcement of the big raffle winner. This year’s raffle offered a chance to win a 7 Night Celebrity Atlantic Cruise for 2 with 3 sun-drenched days in Bermuda, including airfare credit and hotel accommodations. Congratulations to Mike McGlinsky, our raffle winner!
The Alice in Wonderland-themed event was pulled together with significant donations of time and materials from local businesses, Gala Committee members, and Pardee Hospital Foundation staff. Businesses who donated their time or materials to make the event special included: AAA Vacations, Bethany Joy Art, Champagne Event Services, Classic Event Rental, Common Saints, Dining Innovations, Empire Distributing, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flowers by Larry, Gateaux, Infused Lighting, Publix, Sam’s Club, and U-Rent-A-Plant.
The Foundation was pleased to work with Flat Rock Playhouse Studio 52 students who entertained attendees with a scene from the recently sold out production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.