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.”

Lavinia Zimmerman’s Story

Lavinia Zimmerman spends some of her down time volunteering for Pardee Hospital. Through her volunteer work with the hospital, Lavinia heard about the new Comprehensive Cancer Center that was to be built on 7th Avenue. This news struck a cord with Zimmerman. Ten years ago, Lavinia’s husband passed away after a fight with bile duct cancer.

Throughout her husband’s diagnosis and cancer treatment, Zimmerman traveled a great deal in order to find the best possible care for her husband, including participation in clinical trials. Lavinia knows first hand how stressful travel can be for cancer patients and their loved ones. She hopes the Cancer Center, located here in Hendersonville, will spare others from having to travel long distances to access the best possible care.

Read the full story here.
– Blue Ridge Now, January 1, 2016

Bernie Linder’s Story

Bernie Linder’s Story

Bernie Linder was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002. Linder was pleased with the excellent treatment he received from Dr. William Medina, his oncologist, and Dr. Stuart Glassman, his surgeon. But what stands out most in his mind, 14 years after cancer treatment, is the exceptional care he received from his cancer nurse navigator, Leann Noakes.

In a recent article in the Hendersonville Lightning, Bernie acknowledged that it is the doctors’ job to choose the right medication, dosage and timing, but that it was his nurse that made the treatment bearable. “What was important was her attitude,” he said. “She made it much more acceptable.” (more…)

General Frank Blazey’s Story

General Frank Blazey’s Story

Frank Blazey graduated from West Point in 1946, and went on to serve as a young Captain in the Korean War. He was awarded a Silver Star for his leadership as company commander in the 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Blazey served on the front lines in combat, in an advisory role in the early years of the Vietnam War, and then went back to West Point, where he earned an MBA. After his retirement from the military in 1974, Blazey worked for Coca-Cola and a manufacturing company.

When the Pardee Foundation called about the capital campaign for the new Comprehensive Cancer Center, Blazey shocked his visitors by saying, “I’ll make it easy for you.” He wanted to donate $25,000 in honor of his daughter, Gay Burgess Blazey, who died of colon cancer in 1990 at age 42. Pardee will name a chemotherapy treatment room in her honor. Blazey and his wife also had two sons, both of whom served in the military.

Read the full story here.
– Hendersonville Lightning, May 18, 2016

Hear A Donor’s Story

Hear A Donor’s Story

Have you ever wondered what motivates a donor to give to Pardee Hospital Foundation? With so many worthy causes out there, what is it specifically about the Foundation that inspires our community year after year? Did you know that you didn’t even have to read the rest of this blog post to hear why our community members partner with the Foundation?

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You can hear even more donor stories by checking out our YouTube page here.


So what impact do these friends have on the hospital? This year, contributions from our supporters have provided patients with (a short list):

  • room and equipment improvements in the Urgent Care and Rehab & Wellness Center
  • a new Hana Table that allows for more effective surgeries and faster recovery times during anterior hip replacement procedures
  • rehabilitation pool flooring renovations
  • ICU and Orthopedic recliner chairs
  • a bladder scanner
  • 187 IV pumps

We are so grateful for the steadfast support of these and all of our many partners. Without you, the Foundation would not be able to fund crucial enhancements at Pardee Hospital that are essential for patient safety and care. You help keep Pardee in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for patient safety.