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.