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

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 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

A Special Thank You

A Special Thank You

So many have contributed to the Foundation over the years. Those donations have enabled Pardee UNC Health Care to continue to provide advanced compassionate care to our community and have touched the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. Listen as Anthony Franco and Jay Thorndike share their personal stories.

Jay Thorndike

Because of your generosity, Pardee UNC Health Care has been able to expand its cardiology department to include Interventional Cardiology, which allows patients to receive life-saving heart care close to home.

Anthony Franco

Opening its doors in December, the Cancer Center houses the most advanced services and facilities possible, and allows Pardee UNC Health Care to provide more convenient care, better research and education capability, increased synergy among providers, and better outcomes for patients.

Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala

Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala

Our annual Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala, a Black Tie Affair, held on Saturday, June 17 was another huge success with more than 400 attendees who helped us raise a record-breaking $130,000 to benefit Pardee UNC Health Care and its mission to bring advanced, compassionate care to Henderson County and Western North Carolina. The gala included dinner, dancing, live music, a silent auction and a raffle.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual Physician of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year awards.

Now in its the fifth year, the Foundation presented the Physician of the Year Award, which is given to a Pardee physician whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care and a commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the community to Peter Goodfield, M.D., F.A.C.C. Dr. Goodfield is a board-certified cardiologist at Pardee UNC Health Care and sees patients at Hendersonville Cardiology Associates. He founded and currently serves as medical director of the HeartLife Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Pardee and as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having previously served as chief of staff, over the past 11 years, Dr. Goodfield has served on the Pardee board of directors, during which time chaired the Performance Improvement Committee, was a member of the Joint Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee and vice chair at various times. He served as a member and then chairman of the hospital’s Institutional Review Board from 1993 to 2013. He has served as principal investigator in dozens of clinical trials at Pardee and has published research in several medical journals. Dr. Goodfield joins the ranks of Dr. Eric Byrd, Dr. Ken Shelton, Dr. James Caserio, and Dr. Stuart Glassman who were previously recognized for exemplifying the spirit of the award.

For the 14th year, the Foundation presented the Philanthropist of the Year Award, which recognizes a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee UNC Health Care, Pardee Hospital Foundation and the improvement of the community’s health care to Mary Olson. Mrs. Olson is a patron of Pardee Hospital Foundation, supporting the Capital Campaign, sponsoring the annual black-tie gala, and serving as a sponsor and committee member of the Women Helping Women initiative since its inception. Olson retired from more than 40 years of teaching in California in 1993 when she and her husband John moved to Flat Rock. She is a patron of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, an avid supporter of the arts and was involved in the American Kennel Club for a number of years showing Dandie Dinmont Terriers.

The evening concluded with dinner, dancing, silent auction, and raffle drawing. This year’s raffle offered a chance to win a 7 Night Parisian and French Riviera getaway

for two, including airfare credit and hotel accommodations. Congratulations to Dr. Heather North, our raffle winner. Bon Voyage!

Each year the gala thrills our guests with creative themes, lavish decorations, delicious food and entertainment. We couldn’t do it without our talented and dedicated volunteers. Gala Committee members: Cristy Ballcells, Co-Chair; Kelly Ford, Co-Chair; Elissa Hamlin, Co-Chair; Kandi Hendricks, Co-Chair; Cortney Jackson, Co-Chair; Kathy Carpenter; Carolyn Collins; Amy Donaldson; Lisa Edney; Deanna Ellis; Patsy Farmer Jones; Sarah Gibbs Carpenter; Tyra Kirby; Heather Kogoy; Cindy Maxwell; Sarah McSwain; Miller Medina; Lynde Mickey; Lutrelle O’Cain; Linda Overstreet; Leigh Patschke; Jan Richards; Judy Smith; Ali Thomas and Suzanna Waddell. Thank you!

Businesses who donated their time or materials to make the event special included: Boomerang Custom Laser, Champagne Event Services, Classic Event Rental, Cooper Construction Company, Inc., Dining Innovations, East West Village Rentals, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flowers by Larry, Gateaux Cakes & Pastries, Magnificent Journeys, Rubberband, and U-Rent-A-Plant.

A Black Tie Affair

A Black Tie Affair

We are getting excited about our annual gala, A Black Tie Affair, to be held Saturday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the Technology Building at Blue Ridge Community College. The event features a night of dinner, dancing, live music, silent auction, and raffle.

This year, we’re offering silent auction items for online, pre-event bidding. Online bidders will be able to preview and bid on all available items in advance of the gala, giving attendees more time to enjoy the event. Furthermore, the online auction is now open to everyone — even those who cannot attend the event and those living out of town.

Registration is easy with these step-by-step instructions.

Click here to register for the silent auction, see available items, make a bid, or purchase a raffle ticket.  Register today and begin bidding on June 9th.

In addition to our auction items, we are also selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a Parisian and French Riviera get-away valued at  $5,000. Tickets are $100 each and only 250 raffle tickets will be sold. If France isn’t your ideal destination, use the $5,000 credit to purchase an alternative trip package more to your liking. The raffle is open to everyone; you do not need to be present to win.

The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the annual Physician of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year awards. This is the fifth year that the Foundation will present the Physician of the Year Award, which is given to a Pardee physician whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care and a commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the community. This year, the 14th annual Philanthropist of the Year award will be given to a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee UNC Health Care, to Pardee Hospital Foundation and for the improvement of the community’s health care.
We are pleased to offer individual tickets, along with young patron tickets, available for purchase. For information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Pardee Hospital Foundation at 828-233-2700 or visit