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.
Click here to check out photos of the event.
The field of golfers was full at our 21st Annual Tournament of Champions golf tournament held on Monday, May 2 at Kenmure Country Club. Participants played 18 holes of golf in either the morning or afternoon tournament, followed by an awards ceremony and dinner in the evening. Besides competing for the lowest score, participants also took their chances on longest drive, closest to the pin on four holes, and a hole-in-one contest. (more…)
Our 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, April 23rd at Hendersonville Country Club was a huge success with more than 150 people in attendance. We enjoyed a great day of outdoor fun with music by Sound Extreme, kids activities, and food from Mojo’s BBQ food truck. This year, we raised more than $10,000 through team registration and sponsorship. Lead sponsors include Hendersonville Country Club, Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick, Hendersonville Eye Care, James & Kelly Longman, and Horizon Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC. (more…)
OCTOBER 7, 2015: Emmy-nominated actor and seasoned TV host Samantha Harris will share her journey with breast cancer as keynote speaker at the Women Helping Women luncheon on Oct. 30. This will be the 18th annual Women Helping Women event hosted by Pardee Hospital Foundation; proceeds go toward funding breast cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women.
Read Beth De Bona’s article in The Times News for more.
Do you have plans for this weekend? Might we humbly suggest visiting the Flat Rock Playhouse downtown stage Saturday night to catch a reading of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit?
Wit, for those unfamiliar, is the intimate story of one woman’s journey following her cancer diagnosis. Viewers will hear the story as told from the main character’s point of view. With a minimal cast, it is the evolution of the patient, a renowned English scholar and professor, throughout her treatment that fascinates. A poignant reflection on intellect and compassion, writer Margaret Edson has created a shockingly humanistic experience for audiences. This true masterpiece, combined with the artistry of our friends at Flat Rock Playhouse, promises to deliver a memorable theatre experience. (Word to the wise: bring a tissue. When we say poignant, we mean poignant.)
Less tissue-worthy is the fact that all proceeds from this one night only performance will benefit Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women program.
What’s Women Helping Women?
- Pardee Hospital Foundation founded Women Helping Women in 1998 to address a morbid trend: Henderson County had the second highest death rate for breast cancer in the state.
- Today, thanks in large part to Women Helping Women and other charitable health-care programs, we have reduced the morbidity rate in Henderson County well below the state average to the lowest 15 percentile – 85th out of 100 counties in the North Carolina.
- Since 1998, Women Helping Women campaigns have raised more than $1.7 million for equipment, facility renovations, screenings and health-care services for women. In 2014, Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women campaign raised $145,000 to add to the on-going Women Helping Women fund for financial assistance for uninsured women for their healthcare needs at Pardee Hospital.
- Nearly 1,000 women have received financial assistance from Women Helping Women funds since 1998.
Showing is at 6:00 pm on October 24th. Tickets are only $10 and are available by calling the Flat Rock Playhouse box office at 828.693.0731 or by clicking here.
Thanks for checking back to find out about the second half of our mission – educating our community to support Pardee Hospital. We’re really excited to introduce you to our newest program that is leading the way in community health education and outreach: The Faith Community Health program.
Faith Community Health is a dynamic partnership facilitated by the Foundation between faith communities, Pardee Hospital services and physician groups, and community resources.
This collaboration allows the caring strengths of congregations, the clinical expertise of health providers, and a network of local resources to work together to promote holistic health. Pardee Hospital nurses volunteer their time and talent to partner with their home faith communities, providing a direct line of care through screenings, learning opportunities, and health counseling. Members of these faith communities not only benefit from the proximity to health resources but also from the opportunity to communicate potentially sensitive concerns with a familiar face. Within a manner of months, we already have seven local churches partner with us to bring the program to their congregations, and five nurses have undergone training to participate.
This program is a great extension of our work within Women Helping Women in which we support women in WNC by offering both financial and emotional support to those who need it.
If you aren’t already familiar with our Women Helping Women program, there are tons of opportunities in October to get engaged!
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Come join us for a staged reading of WIT at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown on October 24. (Call the Playhouse at 828.693.0731 for tickets. Only $10 each!)
We hope you will join us for this year’s Women Helping Women luncheon on Friday, October 30th at 11:30 AM at the Blue Ridge Community College. Register here.