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 pardeehospitalfoundation.org.

Fourth Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament

Fourth Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament

Hendersonville, NC-  On Saturday, April 8, Foundation staff, supporters and cornhole enthusiasts will gather on the tennis courts of the Hendersonville Country Club for our fourth annual Charity Cornhole Tournament. This family-friendly event features music, children’s activities, food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Registration begins at 12 p.m. and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $50 per team of two or $25 for individuals, and $5 for spectators. Individual players will be assigned a partner by tournament staff to form a team of two. Children 16 and under can attend for free. The competition will feature a double elimination style tournament and prizes will be awarded to the top teams.

“This charity event, packed with activities, food and music, is fun for the whole family whether you are an experienced cornhole player or novice,” said Kim Hinkelman, Executive Director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “Monies raised by the event will directly benefit cardiology patients at Pardee Hospital. We hope to see you there.”  Lead sponsors include Hendersonville Country Club, Carolina Village, Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick, and Horizon Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC.

Event registration is now open. Participants can register online for the tournament or by calling the Foundation office at (828) 233-2700.

Brian Robinson’s Community Challenge Reaches $1 Million Goal

Brian Robinson’s Community Challenge Reaches $1 Million Goal

After just three months, we are excited to announce the Brian Robinson $1 million Community Challenge for the Foundation’s Capital Campaign has been met. We are incredibly grateful to Brian and the nearly 180 people who donated to the campaign with individual gifts ranging from $25 to $50,000. Of those donors, 64 gave $1,000 or more to the campaign and 55 people made their first contribution to Pardee Hospital Foundation. Surprisingly, the challenge’s three largest gifts were all from new donors who were inspired by Robinson’s challenge to the community and decided to pledge their support to their new hometown as well.

Many will remember that Brian Robinson pledged $500,000 to the $6 million Capital Campaign in a surprise public announcement at our 19th Annual Women Helping Women luncheon on October 28. There, Robinson issued a challenge to the community to raise an additional $250,000, which he would match dollar for dollar to reach a total of $1 million. This is the largest gift to the campaign since it began in April 2015, pushing the total raised to date to $5 million from just 515 donors.   

“The enthusiastic response to Brian’s challenge has been gratifying and heartwarming,” said Kimerly Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “With less than $1 million to go, we are reaching out to people to encourage them to help us finish this historic achievement and become a part of the future of health care in Henderson County. Not only will the Cancer Center treat and cure thousands of our friends, family members and neighbors over the next 25 years, but the Health Sciences Center will help to educate and produce a majority of health care providers who will take care of us for the next 50 years.”

“I am honored to match the community’s generous $250,000 contribution, bringing the total to $1 million for the new Cancer Center at Pardee,” said Robinson. “Our community is strongest when we work together and I am proud to call Henderson County my home.”

The Cancer Center opened in December 2016 through an innovative collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, Wingate University and Blue Ridge Community College. The new, state-of-the-art health sciences building also houses Pardee Surgical Associates as well as existing programs in allied health care, pharmacy, and physician assistant studies from Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University.

Robinson is originally from east Tennessee and became affiliated with the region as an actor with the Flat Rock Playhouse many years ago. He only recently decided to put down roots in Henderson County to make it his permanent residence, buying a home in Flat Rock in 2015. When asked why this gift and why give to the Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital, Robinson notes that he’s been blessed with good health his whole life and like so many others, took it for granted. It was on a two-week intensive health retreat last fall in California that Robinson says he underwent a transformative experience that at the time wasn’t apparent. It was only upon his return and a visit to the Cancer Center with his friend and capital campaign committee member Debbie Rouse that the true impact of his retreat surfaced. This behind the scenes tour was instrumental in Brian’s “aha” moment and we’re so grateful that it happened.


Jean Ann Rushton and the Joseph McDowell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Support Pardee Cancer Center

Jean Ann Rushton and the Joseph McDowell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Support Pardee Cancer Center

Jean Ann Rushton is the Regent of the Joseph McDowell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Hendersonville.

“We are a service organization and always want to support projects in our community,” says Rushton. “Several members of our chapter have faced cancer, either themselves or as caregivers. We wanted to give back to Pardee because we believe having a strong cancer center here in Henderson County is so important.”

Rushton personally has had experience with Pardee. Her sister received cancer treatment and her husband has had several minor surgical procedures at the hospital. “Pardee is so convenient to us and we received wonderful care,” she says. “The doctors and nurses were very helpful and friendly, the facility was nice and clean, and the service was excellent.”

In commemoration of the Joseph McDowell DAR Chapter’s 100th anniversary, members raised money to name a nurse navigation room in the new Cancer Center. “We are so proud to have our name outside the nurse navigation room,” she says. “Pardee’s nurse navigation program really helps people when they are first diagnosed all the way through their cancer journey.”

Rushton says the Joseph McDowell DAR Chapter is honored to support the Cancer Center at Pardee. “Our chapter is really delighted to have a cancer center of this caliber so close to home. To have access to this level of care is phenomenal for Henderson County residents.”

Join our community challenge today to raise $250,000 to help our family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones receive better outcomes and more convenient care.

Foundation Hosts Cancer Center Dedication Ceremony

Foundation Hosts Cancer Center Dedication Ceremony

Almost two years ago we broke ground on the new Pardee Hospital Cancer Center. It’s hard to believe that last week, we gathered to celebrate its opening with an Open House and Dedication ceremony.

Throughout the planning and construction of this center we have been blessed by the generosity of our community who have made financial donations in its support. We have also heard the stories of people like Natascha Lance, Pam and Joe McLaughlin, Bernie Linder and many others whose lives have been touched by cancer and who recognize the significance and impact this center will have on our community.  With these folks in mind, we planned a Dedication Ceremony to not only acknowledge those who have made significant gifts, but to also bless the center and all who walk through its doors.

The Dedication was attended by Foundation staff and volunteers, Pardee Hospital staff, and several local clergymen including Father Martin Schratz, Immaculata Catholic Church; Reverend Dr. Joel Hafer, St. James Episcopal Church; Pastor David Hinkelman, Advent Lutheran Church; Pastor Steve Scoggins, First Baptist Church; Pastor Greg Williams, Grace Lutheran Church; Reverend Mark Ralls, First United Methodist Church; Reverend Anne Morgan, First Presbyterian Church; and Reverend Mildred Twitty, St. Paul’s Tabernacle Church.

Those in attendance toured the facility and offered prayers for all who would receive their treatment there. It was an emotional morning as we saw the fruits of our labor brought to life in this facility designed to bring advanced healing close to home. This Cancer Center has the capacity to treat 85 to 90 percent of all cancers in Western North Carolina. We ended Tuesday morning, with this final blessing, “May all who enter here find peace in this place of hope.” As the center begins to see its first patients this week, we pray that this blessing endures.

Click here to view photos from the Cancer Center Dedication.