Hendersonville, NC- On Saturday, April 8, Foundation staff, supporters and cornhole enthusiasts will gather on the tennis courts of the Hendersonville Country Club for our fourth annual Charity Cornhole Tournament. This family-friendly event features music, children’s activities, food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Registration begins at 12 p.m. and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $50 per team of two or $25 for individuals, and $5 for spectators. Individual players will be assigned a partner by tournament staff to form a team of two. Children 16 and under can attend for free. The competition will feature a double elimination style tournament and prizes will be awarded to the top teams.
“This charity event, packed with activities, food and music, is fun for the whole family whether you are an experienced cornhole player or novice,” said Kim Hinkelman, Executive Director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “Monies raised by the event will directly benefit cardiology patients at Pardee Hospital. We hope to see you there.” Lead sponsors include Hendersonville Country Club, Carolina Village, Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick, and Horizon Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC.
Event registration is now open. Participants can register online for the tournament or by calling the Foundation office at (828) 233-2700.
Joseph Laughter and Scott Keels are keenly aware of what the future holds for our community and the impact that the Pardee Cancer Center will have. Long time residents of Henderson County, these two embody the wonderful sense of community that is shared here.
Joseph celebrated 30 years in business in November 2016 with his landmark retail store, Joseph Laughter Clothier, well known among the savvy male (and female) shopper in Henderson County and beyond. Partner Scott of Scott Keels Designs is an accomplished designer having worked with many residents and businesses in the community for over 20 years.
They both have thankfully been healthy over the years and not needed extended stays or care in the hospital. However, they have known loved ones and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer and see the toll it takes.
”My store is a place where customers become friends,” said Joseph. “I’ve been so touched by stories of people with cancer over the years…customers who are suddenly gone. I wonder if some of those people would have been here today with early diagnosis or a more advanced treatment facility like we have today.”
When asked why they chose to give to the Cancer Center, the couple both said it was the facility and all that it represents. Joseph was born at Patton Memorial Hospital and has watched Pardee evolve and become what it is today. It was important to him and Scott to be a part of this newest phase of Pardee.
“For anyone thinking of a gift, I would simply say just walk into this beautiful and welcoming lobby. You will be inspired and amazed at how much is being done here for the most advanced treatment of cancer. You will want to be a part of this future,” says Laughter.
Designer Scott Keels was inspired by the design of the building and treatment spaces. Having been in various health care spaces over the years, Scott notes that they can be confusing to navigate and not always designed with the patient in mind. “The new Cancer Center is very welcoming and designed for the patient,” notes Scott. “I see this building as being a huge asset not just for right now, but in the future. This will be an amazing influence in our community, with the school and the cancer center all together in one space.”
Both applaud the modern design of the building and how well it can handle and showcase the local pieces of art found throughout.
Both Joseph and Scott were impressed by the advanced technology, research, and personal touches found in the new Cancer Center. The linear accelerator, cancer research suite and healing garden adjacent to the infusion treatment bays were all elements that resonated with them and reinforced their view of the impact this facility will have in the future.
Love. Care. Share.
“People think they have to leave to go to Duke or somewhere else for their cancer treatment,” said Joseph. “You really don’t have to. There’s nothing nicer than being at home. This facility makes that possible.” Joseph and Scott asked that “Love. Care. Share.” be added to the plaque outside the room they’ve named, because “that’s really what it’s all about.”
After just three months, we are excited to announce the Brian Robinson $1 million Community Challenge for the Foundation’s Capital Campaign has been met. We are incredibly grateful to Brian and the nearly 180 people who donated to the campaign with individual gifts ranging from $25 to $50,000. Of those donors, 64 gave $1,000 or more to the campaign and 55 people made their first contribution to Pardee Hospital Foundation. Surprisingly, the challenge’s three largest gifts were all from new donors who were inspired by Robinson’s challenge to the community and decided to pledge their support to their new hometown as well.
Many will remember that Brian Robinson pledged $500,000 to the $6 million Capital Campaign in a surprise public announcement at our 19th Annual Women Helping Women luncheon on October 28. There, Robinson issued a challenge to the community to raise an additional $250,000, which he would match dollar for dollar to reach a total of $1 million. This is the largest gift to the campaign since it began in April 2015, pushing the total raised to date to $5 million from just 515 donors.
“The enthusiastic response to Brian’s challenge has been gratifying and heartwarming,” said Kimerly Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “With less than $1 million to go, we are reaching out to people to encourage them to help us finish this historic achievement and become a part of the future of health care in Henderson County. Not only will the Cancer Center treat and cure thousands of our friends, family members and neighbors over the next 25 years, but the Health Sciences Center will help to educate and produce a majority of health care providers who will take care of us for the next 50 years.”
“I am honored to match the community’s generous $250,000 contribution, bringing the total to $1 million for the new Cancer Center at Pardee,” said Robinson. “Our community is strongest when we work together and I am proud to call Henderson County my home.”
The Cancer Center opened in December 2016 through an innovative collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, Wingate University and Blue Ridge Community College. The new, state-of-the-art health sciences building also houses Pardee Surgical Associates as well as existing programs in allied health care, pharmacy, and physician assistant studies from Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University.
Robinson is originally from east Tennessee and became affiliated with the region as an actor with the Flat Rock Playhouse many years ago. He only recently decided to put down roots in Henderson County to make it his permanent residence, buying a home in Flat Rock in 2015. When asked why this gift and why give to the Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital, Robinson notes that he’s been blessed with good health his whole life and like so many others, took it for granted. It was on a two-week intensive health retreat last fall in California that Robinson says he underwent a transformative experience that at the time wasn’t apparent. It was only upon his return and a visit to the Cancer Center with his friend and capital campaign committee member Debbie Rouse that the true impact of his retreat surfaced. This behind the scenes tour was instrumental in Brian’s “aha” moment and we’re so grateful that it happened.
Jean Ann Rushton is the Regent of the Joseph McDowell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Hendersonville.
“We are a service organization and always want to support projects in our community,” says Rushton. “Several members of our chapter have faced cancer, either themselves or as caregivers. We wanted to give back to Pardee because we believe having a strong cancer center here in Henderson County is so important.”
Rushton personally has had experience with Pardee. Her sister received cancer treatment and her husband has had several minor surgical procedures at the hospital. “Pardee is so convenient to us and we received wonderful care,” she says. “The doctors and nurses were very helpful and friendly, the facility was nice and clean, and the service was excellent.”
In commemoration of the Joseph McDowell DAR Chapter’s 100th anniversary, members raised money to name a nurse navigation room in the new Cancer Center. “We are so proud to have our name outside the nurse navigation room,” she says. “Pardee’s nurse navigation program really helps people when they are first diagnosed all the way through their cancer journey.”
Rushton says the Joseph McDowell DAR Chapter is honored to support the Cancer Center at Pardee. “Our chapter is really delighted to have a cancer center of this caliber so close to home. To have access to this level of care is phenomenal for Henderson County residents.”
Join our community challenge today to raise $250,000 to help our family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones receive better outcomes and more convenient care.
Brian Robinson recently moved to Flat Rock and decided to firmly put down roots. Actually, he is digging in and connecting with the community in a tremendous manner:
On Thursday, October 27, Brian decided to make a $500,000 pledge to the Pardee Cancer Center capital campaign. On Friday, October 28, at the annual Women Helping Women luncheon, Brian announced to a crowd of over 460 community leaders that he not only had pledged that amount, but that he would like to issue a challenge to the community to raise an additional $250,000, of which he will match dollar for dollar, in order to reach a total goal of $1 million.
Originally from a small town in east Tennessee, Brian became affiliated with the region as an actor with the Flat Rock Playhouse many years ago. He made Flat Rock his permanent residence when he bought his home in 2015. When asked why this gift and why give to the Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital, Robinson responds with passion and enthusiasm that he’s been blessed with good health his whole life and like so many others, took it for granted. It was on a recent two-week intensive health retreat in California that Robinson says he underwent a transformative experience that at the time wasn’t apparent. It was only upon his return home to Henderson County and a visit to the Cancer Center with his friend and capital campaign committee member Debbie Rouse that the true impact of his retreat surfaced. This behind the scenes tour was instrumental in Brian’s “aha” moment.
“I was so overcome and overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of this place,” said Robinson. “I knew that this Cancer Center was going to be a place of healing – both physically and spiritually – and I wanted to be a part of it in a significant way.” Robinson went on to meet with Foundation executive director Kimerly Hinkelman to discuss his intention to contribute. It was at that meeting that he came up with the idea of challenging the community to join him. The thought at the time was “why not engage more people in this caring community?” Let’s harness the power of giving and see this campaign through to completion.
“I give because it is my duty. I have been blessed with the most precious of gifts: good health. This place of hope will restore that gift to those less fortunate.”
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