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 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.

FRP Production of Wit to Benefit WHW

FRP Production of Wit to Benefit WHW

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.

A Foundation On A Mission – Part Two

A Foundation On A Mission – Part Two

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.

A Foundation On A Mission – Part One

A Foundation On A Mission – Part One

It is a daily occurrence here at our office to have folks stop by and ask for directions. Most people are looking for their doctors, but some need help finding their vacation rental, their lawyer, or even the nearest doughnut shop. (And really, don’t we all need to know where to find the nearest doughnut shop?) We have become a direction hub, and we’ve heard it all.

Two of the most common follow up questions after the direction inquiry are “So what ARE you all exactly?” and “What is it that you DO?” We’d like to answer these questions by sharing our mission.

By the books, the mission of Pardee Hospital Foundation is to
inspire and educate the community to support Pardee Hospital.

Established in 1953, Pardee Hospital is a 222-bed, not-for-profit community hospital that provides quality, compassionate care to improve the health of the communities it serves.

First, how do we inspire our community? For one of the best examples, register for our Women Helping Women luncheon on October 30th and see for yourself!

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WHW is a program that supports women in WNC by offering both financial and emotional support to those who need it. By attending and contributing to this event, you’ll support those who are without the means to pay for the screenings, treatments, and care they need.

Every year, Women Helping Women event speakers share powerful, inspiring stories. This year, Samantha Harris (of Dancing With The Stars and Entertainment Tonight) will share her triumphs and struggles overcoming an awful hurdle – a breast cancer diagnosis. Her positivity and energy are contagious, and you may leave with inspiration enough to save the world!

Check back in the next couple of weeks to hear more about the second part of our mission: educating the community.

If you’re already feeling inspired to get involved with PHF, let us know by contacting us, donating, or registering for the Women Helping Women luncheon. (We’re almost at half capacity, so reserve your seat soon!)