Coffee for a Cause

Coffee for a Cause

Pardee Hospital Foundation Collaborates With Sweet Gypsy Coffee Co. to Launch “Coffee For a Cause”

Sales will benefit first all-women coffee cooperative in Sumatra and Indonesia and local Women Helping Women program

Hendersonville, N.C. – Pardee Hospital Foundation announced today the official launch of “Coffee for a Cause,” a collaboration with local coffee shop Sweet Gypsy Coffee Co. designed to support women in coffee-producing nations and women locally who need assistance with medical care or diagnostic screenings. Up to $10 of the purchase price of a bag of the Kokowagayo Sumatran coffee will go directly to support the Women Helping Women program. The coffee can be purchased at Sweet Gypsy Coffee Co. located at 431 N. Church St. in Hendersonville or at the Pardee Hospital Foundation office located at 561 Fleming St., also in Hendersonville.

“This is such an exciting collaboration for us,” said Kimerly Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “It’s always a thrill to partner with a local business, especially when it benefits both women who need medical assistance here in Henderson County and women working to better their lives in coffee-producing nations like Sumatra and Indonesia.” 

Hinkelman and Sweet Gypsy Coffee Co. owner Lisa Rethi started discussing the idea after last year’s Women Helping Women Luncheon. Rethi was a participating vendor at the event and wanted to do something to support the program that would last more than that one day or one event. The two women determined that a signature coffee to benefit the Women Helping Women program would be an ideal way to accomplish that goal.

Women Helping Women is a Foundation program that supports women who have been or will be patients at Pardee by offering needed financial and emotional support. Since 1998, Women Helping Women has raised more than $2 million to provide the resources, strength, courage, and hope patients need to conquer various medical conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.

“Coffee for a Cause” was selected as the local brand for this signature coffee to emphasize the connection between the purchase of coffee and the benefits to women locally and abroad. The Café Feminino cooperative produces the coffee for this endeavor. The word “Kokowagayo” means Gayo Women’s Coffee Cooperative and is the first women-only cooperative in Sumatra. It was formed in 2014 and as of today, has more than 470 members.

The coffee tasting notes describe the coffee as having a rich, smooth flavor with notes of black cherry and chocolate. A one-pound bag will be sold for $20, with up to $10 per bag going to Women Helping Women. For more information on the coffee or the Women Helping Women program, call 828-233-2700 or visit

Pardee Memorial Hospital Foundation was approved as a nonprofit Foundation in January 1996. The Foundation exists to educate and inspire the community to support Pardee UNC Health Care. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $30 million in pledges and cash gifts for Pardee services. For more information, visit or call 828-233-2700.

Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit

A Special Thank You

A Special Thank You

So many have contributed to the Foundation over the years. Those donations have enabled Pardee UNC Health Care to continue to provide advanced compassionate care to our community and have touched the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. Listen as Anthony Franco and Jay Thorndike share their personal stories.

Jay Thorndike

Because of your generosity, Pardee UNC Health Care has been able to expand its cardiology department to include Interventional Cardiology, which allows patients to receive life-saving heart care close to home.

Anthony Franco

Opening its doors in December, the Cancer Center houses the most advanced services and facilities possible, and allows Pardee UNC Health Care to provide more convenient care, better research and education capability, increased synergy among providers, and better outcomes for patients.

Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala

Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala

Our annual Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala, a Black Tie Affair, held on Saturday, June 17 was another huge success with more than 400 attendees who helped us raise a record-breaking $130,000 to benefit Pardee UNC Health Care and its mission to bring advanced, compassionate care to Henderson County and Western North Carolina. The gala included dinner, dancing, live music, a silent auction and a raffle.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual Physician of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year awards.

Now in its the fifth year, the Foundation 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 to Peter Goodfield, M.D., F.A.C.C. Dr. Goodfield is a board-certified cardiologist at Pardee UNC Health Care and sees patients at Hendersonville Cardiology Associates. He founded and currently serves as medical director of the HeartLife Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Pardee and as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having previously served as chief of staff, over the past 11 years, Dr. Goodfield has served on the Pardee board of directors, during which time chaired the Performance Improvement Committee, was a member of the Joint Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee and vice chair at various times. He served as a member and then chairman of the hospital’s Institutional Review Board from 1993 to 2013. He has served as principal investigator in dozens of clinical trials at Pardee and has published research in several medical journals. Dr. Goodfield joins the ranks of Dr. Eric Byrd, Dr. Ken Shelton, Dr. James Caserio, and Dr. Stuart Glassman who were previously recognized for exemplifying the spirit of the award.

For the 14th year, the Foundation presented the Philanthropist of the Year Award, which recognizes a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee UNC Health Care, Pardee Hospital Foundation and the improvement of the community’s health care to Mary Olson. Mrs. Olson is a patron of Pardee Hospital Foundation, supporting the Capital Campaign, sponsoring the annual black-tie gala, and serving as a sponsor and committee member of the Women Helping Women initiative since its inception. Olson retired from more than 40 years of teaching in California in 1993 when she and her husband John moved to Flat Rock. She is a patron of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, an avid supporter of the arts and was involved in the American Kennel Club for a number of years showing Dandie Dinmont Terriers.

The evening concluded with dinner, dancing, silent auction, and raffle drawing. This year’s raffle offered a chance to win a 7 Night Parisian and French Riviera getaway

for two, including airfare credit and hotel accommodations. Congratulations to Dr. Heather North, our raffle winner. Bon Voyage!

Each year the gala thrills our guests with creative themes, lavish decorations, delicious food and entertainment. We couldn’t do it without our talented and dedicated volunteers. Gala Committee members: Cristy Ballcells, Co-Chair; Kelly Ford, Co-Chair; Elissa Hamlin, Co-Chair; Kandi Hendricks, Co-Chair; Cortney Jackson, Co-Chair; Kathy Carpenter; Carolyn Collins; Amy Donaldson; Lisa Edney; Deanna Ellis; Patsy Farmer Jones; Sarah Gibbs Carpenter; Tyra Kirby; Heather Kogoy; Cindy Maxwell; Sarah McSwain; Miller Medina; Lynde Mickey; Lutrelle O’Cain; Linda Overstreet; Leigh Patschke; Jan Richards; Judy Smith; Ali Thomas and Suzanna Waddell. Thank you!

Businesses who donated their time or materials to make the event special included: Boomerang Custom Laser, Champagne Event Services, Classic Event Rental, Cooper Construction Company, Inc., Dining Innovations, East West Village Rentals, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flowers by Larry, Gateaux Cakes & Pastries, Magnificent Journeys, Rubberband, and U-Rent-A-Plant.

A Black Tie Affair

A Black Tie Affair

We are getting excited about our annual gala, A Black Tie Affair, to be held Saturday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the Technology Building at Blue Ridge Community College. The event features a night of dinner, dancing, live music, silent auction, and raffle.

This year, we’re offering silent auction items for online, pre-event bidding. Online bidders will be able to preview and bid on all available items in advance of the gala, giving attendees more time to enjoy the event. Furthermore, the online auction is now open to everyone — even those who cannot attend the event and those living out of town.

Registration is easy with these step-by-step instructions.

Click here to register for the silent auction, see available items, make a bid, or purchase a raffle ticket.  Register today and begin bidding on June 9th.

In addition to our auction items, we are also selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a Parisian and French Riviera get-away valued at  $5,000. Tickets are $100 each and only 250 raffle tickets will be sold. If France isn’t your ideal destination, use the $5,000 credit to purchase an alternative trip package more to your liking. The raffle is open to everyone; you do not need to be present to win.

The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the annual Physician of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year awards. This is the fifth year that the Foundation will present 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. This year, the 14th annual Philanthropist of the Year award will be given to a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee UNC Health Care, to Pardee Hospital Foundation and for the improvement of the community’s health care.
We are pleased to offer individual tickets, along with young patron tickets, available for purchase. For information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Pardee Hospital Foundation at 828-233-2700 or visit

Fourth Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament

Fourth Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament

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 support Pardee Cancer Center

Joseph Laughter and Scott Keels support Pardee Cancer Center

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.”

Inspired Giving

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.

Inspired Design

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. 

Inspired Care

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.”