Women of Hope Nominations

Women of Hope Nominations

Women Helping Women, an initiative of the Pardee Hospital Foundation, provides financial support to women who are uninsured or under-insured to obtain healthcare services without concern for financial barriers. Since 1998, Pardee Foundation’s Women Helping Women program has raised over $2.7 million for financial assistance as well as for the purchase of equipment, facilities and services for women at Pardee Hospital.
Women of Hope recipients are announced at the annual Women Helping Women luncheon held annually. This year the luncheon will take place Friday, October 18, 2019 at Blue Ridge Community College.
Pardee Hospital Foundation is pleased to honor women in our community for sharing their stories of courage, determination, and will in their lives and in the lives of their families as they faced cancer and other diseases. Women nominated must be local residents. Preference is given to nominees who have received or are receiving treatment at Pardee Hospital, or who have survived a health crisis, such as breast cancer and other cancers, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Nomination forms are available at the Pardee Foundation Office, 561 Fleming Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739, (828)233-2700, or online at pardeehospitalfoundation.org.

Deadline for applications is September 1.

Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

Before you know it, October 18th will be here and it will be time for the Pardee Hospital Foundation’s annual Women Helping Women luncheon.
For 22 years, Women Helping Women has been an initiative to help provide financial resources for women needing healthcare in our community. The luncheon is a major source of funding, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests.
Please plan to join us as we enjoy a lovely lunch, honor the Women of Hope recipients, and are inspired by our guest speaker, Tracey Conway.
Conway, an Emmy Award winning actress and comedienne shares her story of literally dropping dead on stage from sudden cardiac arrest. Her chances of survival were barely one in 20, but after six defibrillator shocks, paramedics brought her back to life. She has turned her story, “Cross my Heart and Hope to Live,” into a series of lively and poignant anecdotes that touch and inspire.

21st Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon

21st Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon

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.



Kelly Coriggan Book Sale

Kelly Coriggan Book Sale

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.

Women Helping Women Committee Meeting

Women Helping Women Committee Meeting

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.

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.