To every child who has played soccer at the YMCA in the last several years, she is Coach Kiki, but to us, Kiki Matthews is so much more, including this month’s Volunteer of the Month!
Born in Syracuse, Kiki grew up in upstate New York. She moved to Cleveland, where she thrived as a Marketing Executive for several companies, most notably the Duck Tape division of Manco. While there, Kiki met and married her husband of 39 years, Vaughan. They have one son, Will. After they retired, Kiki and Vaughan moved to Hendersonville.
Always having a caring heart and love of community, Kiki has given her time and talents to several organizations, most of which improve the lives of children. In Cleveland, she invested time in the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a crisis nursery. After moving to Hendersonville, she (with her orange whistle!) is known for her involvement as a YMCA soccer referee, President of Trout Unlimited and the Henderson County YMCA, as well as serving on the Camplify and Hendersonville Country Club Boards.
Kiki became involved with Pardee Hospital Foundation after playing in our annual Tournament of Champions golf event, and has served on the committee for several years now. She not only brings experience and amazing organizational skills, but also secures a roll of branded Duck Tape for every participant each year!
Through her involvement with Hendersonville Country Club, Kiki has taken the Club’s efforts to support Women Helping Women to a whole new level. Once a ladies’ golf event, Kiki has encouraged and invited all Club women to attend and participate in their annual event. This year, not only will women and men be golfing, but the ladies will also be playing tennis, mahjong, bridge, or simply attending the luncheon. Kiki is committed to helping the Club realize their potential in supporting the Women Helping Women program through education and philanthropy.
Pardee Hospital Foundation is blessed to have our Board Chair’s “better half” as a loyal and generous volunteer. We admire her easy-going and thoughtful, yet hard-working personality, and when faced with choices, Kiki often reminds her committee, “that’s why they make chocolate and vanilla”. Thank you, Kiki, for all the many ways you support Pardee Hospital Foundation!
We are so thankful to those who have attended Inside Pardee over the last six months! (Can you believe that it’s been that long?) We held an Inside Pardee Friday, July 20 with Dr. Craig Miller, who spoke about the various vascular services offered at Pardee Hospital. We sure learned a lot!
We will not be hosting an Inside Pardee for the month of August, so go and enjoy your Apple Festival weekend! We will be back in September.
Every year we reach out to the community to invite you to be a part of our Women Helping Women initiative.
The featured speaker for the 2018 Women Helping Women Luncheon is Kelly Corrigan, best selling author, breast cancer survivor and host of “Exactly,” a popular podcast.
Constantly noted as one of the best storytellers around, Kelly connects audiences in a very intimate and empowering way. Described as touching, heartwarming and empathetic, Kelly is just as likely to be called cool, funny, smart and irresistibly authentic. Her moving words elevate the experiences of everyday life and uplift our darkest moments with humor, humanity and unforgettable eloquence.
A gifted storyteller and talented interviewer, Kelly Corrigan has touched hearts and captured audiences as the author of back-to-back-to back New York Times bestselling books, including Glitter and Glue, and The Middle Place, her poignant personal story of battling breast cancer while caring for her father who was also undergoing cancer treatment. She has been called “the Poet Laureate of the ordinary” by Huffington Post, and lauded by everyone from Lena Dunham to Imbolo Mbue. Corrigan strikes on unusual balance on stage between David Sedaris-funny and Brene Brown-authentic. Her work with The Nantucket Project leading conversations about what matters most has taken her point of view to new levels. Forever after what she calls “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan seeks to understand the matters of the world in all their natural complexity.
Kelly is currently the host of Exactly, a podcast on KQED, the most listened-to public radio station in the country. Described as a combination of the brainy ideas of TED, the satiric, informative wit of The Daily Show and the low-key, friendly probing of NPR’s Terry Gross, Kelly asks “the smartest people writing today the biggest questions you can think of” with her wit-laced, conversational style. Guests have included B.J. Novak, Jason Segel, Margaret Atwood, John Cleese and other notables discussing topics ranging from the origins of creativity to the power of forgiveness. She is also an accomplished columnist, appearing in O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Glamour and Good Housekeeping. She is also a dedicated volunteer and education activist.
As a speaker, she is known for customizing presentations and making audience members feel as though she is speaking directly to them. By connecting through the universal bonds of family, friendships, life journeys and overcoming obstacles and challenges, Kelly inspires others and empowers them to overcome and make the best of any situation or challenge.
We hope you’ll join us for our annual luncheon on October 19! Invitations will be mailed out in the next few weeks, and tickets will be available for purchase soon!
In today’s society, people spend the majority of their free time surfing their phones. If you’re sitting on your couch, eating your breakfast or enduring a long commute, chances are that you have looked at your mobile device at least once.
The Foundation is grateful for our board members’ dedication to Pardee Hospital and for the time they so selflessly give to supporting our mission. In July we welcomed six new board members.
Dr. Kohlan Flynn, a retired educator, served as Assistant Superintendent for Henderson County Schools.
Kandi Hendricks has served several years as a volunteer for Pardee Foundation. She is a realtor at Beverly-Hanks.
Dorsa McGuire is a retired non-profit executive bringing valuable experience and knowledge to our board.
Carey O’Cain is a retired executive for a large commercial contractor and currently is the Mayor of Laurel Park.
Andrew Riddle is Managing Director of Riddle Development.
Mark Stone, Senior Vice President at First Citizens Bank, played an integral part in the Pardee Cancer Center capital campaign before joining the Foundation board.
With this new group joining our returning dedicated members, we are looking forward to an exciting and productive year!