Women Helping Women Luncheon
October 19, 2018
Blue Ridge Community College
Please make your reservation today for the annual Women Helping Women Luncheon on Friday, October 19th at 11:30 a.m. More than $2 million has been raised through this program that impacts and SAVES lives.
Guest speaker Kelly Corrigan is a New York Times best selling author and frequently has appeared as a guest on shows like The Today Show and as a columnist for publications including O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine; Glamour; and Good Housekeeping. Her message is inspirational and her storytelling is entertaining. We look forward to sharing the reveal of our 2018 Women of Hope —always a moving and inspirational part of the annual event.
Simply click here for Women Helping Women Event for ticket/reservation information. If you can’t join us this year, please consider making a gift to the WHW fund. For more information, call the Foundation office at (828)233-2700.
We look forward to seeing you as you join women who are giving strength, courage and hope to women in need.
Support Women Helping Women with the Purchase of a New York Times Bestseller by Kelly Corrigan
Corrigan is a mother, a writer, and the creator of CircusofCancer.org, a website that teaches people how to help a friend with cancer. She will be the keynote speaker at Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women luncheon.
You can currently purchase her books at the Foundation office. They will also be on sale at the luncheon on Friday, October 19. Following the luncheon, Corrigan will be available to autograph her book(s). All proceeds go to Women Helping Women—a program to support uninsured and underinsured women in our community.
Last Tuesday, August 14, we kicked off our Women Helping Women planning with our first committee meeting. Woman of Hope, Jan Richards, generously hosted the event at her home. While we enjoyed homemade quiche, pastries and coffee, we learned about the 21-year history of Women Helping Women.
Jan Richards spoke of her time as a Woman of Hope. She talked about how personal the program became when she was faced with a cancer journey of her own. Jan’s story is similar to those that we hear from many of our past Women of Hope.
A national Women of Hope movement, complete with a traveling display, inspired our Women of Hope award. Instead of recognizing prominent women from across the US, we wanted to create a locally-focused award that acknowledges women in our community who can then serve to inspire women who are embarking on their own journeys.
One of the original visionaries and current co-chair, Debbie Rouse, spoke to the committee members about how Women Helping Women has evolved throughout the years. At its time of inception, Hendersonville had the highest rate of breast cancer for both women and men in the state. This fact was attributed to the many women who did not have the funds required for a yearly mammogram. The idea was to host a luncheon where the cost of a ticket would cover the cost of a mammogram for an uninsured or underinsured woman. In its inaugural year, the Women Helping Women luncheon sold out.
What started as an initiative solely surrounding breast cancer, has expanded now to include women’s complete health. A common misconception about Women Helping Women is that it is a single day event, rather than a year-round program. Although our annual luncheon in October is our greatest fundraiser for this program, we strive to make women’s healthcare an important topic year round.
Over the years, this program has grown to include women from neighboring counties and to cover all types of women’s health, including mental health. Women Helping Women seeks to provide healthcare services to the uninsured or underinsured that will make their lives whole and happy.
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 www.pardeehospitalfoundation.org.
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 www.pardeehospitalfoundation.org 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 www.pardeehospital.org.
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.