Letter: Clinic thanks those who made fundraiser success possible

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 11:46 PM


Spurred on by an enthusiastic crowd, local police and fire personnel competed fiercely Jan. 27 in Climbing for Hope, an event at the Lumberjack Feud that benefited Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Though the final tally has yet to be made, we know that the evening was a great success.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this success. The staff and management of the Lumberjack Feud made the event possible and ensured its smooth operation, particularly Rich Benjamin, Melanie Benson, Crystal Dennis, Penny Jones, Derek Knudsen, Adam Lethco, Andrew Mattison, Charles Peters, Kenzie Sperry, Matthew Samler, Joey Spurlock, Leigh Veness, and Josh Whittall, and other Lumberjack staff who committed their time to Climbing for Hope.

Police personnel squeaked to a narrow win over firefighters. In the winning police team were Nathan Hatfield, Michael Maddron, Donnie Mashburn, Kim Ogle and Devin Smith. Firefighters were represented by Steve Ebb, Chris Heckman, Zakk Nichols, Tony Patty, Keener Shanton and Stephanie Specht. TK from WIMZ and Karl Warnke of WVLT were celebrity pole climbers. Great job, all of you!

Celebrity servers added to the fun. They were Jeannie Allen, Dr. Josh Chambers, Summer Blalock-Wilson, Christina Center, Carina Denney, Miranda Dixon, Debbie Dowling, Jennifer Duerer, Kevin Griffin, Dr. Doug Guyot, Derek Hodges, Jackie Leatherwood, Dr. Eric Littleton, Doug Justice, Paula King, Kenny Maples, Allen Newton, Ashley Parker, Greg Payne, Sue Ellen Riddle, Jay Teter, and Kevin Wilson, as well as representatives from Doc’s Magic Shop and the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club.

Donating auction items and prizes were Robert Alewine, The Apple Barn, Paul Bennett of Fire House Subs, Bristol Motor Speedway, Crowne Royal Resort of Branson, Mo., Dr. Richard Dew, Food City Stores of Gatlinburg and Sevierville, Healthy Balance Meals, Heritage Bank of Jonesboro, AR, Jim Gray Galleries, Ann Lindsey, The LumberJack Feud, Michael Maddron, Mr. Tablecloth, Ober Gatlinburg, Ole Smokey Moonshine, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Diann Simonis, Smoky Mountain Cheesecake Café, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, Wilderness in the Smokies.

Thanks also to Gigi’s Cupcakes, which donated prizes for the baking contest.

Our volunteers, who helped the evening run smoothly, included Linda Shults, Anna Garber and several from Tennessee State Bank: Jarrod Wilson, Ashley McGinnis, Janie Hodge, Lori Beth Cole, Connie Meredith, Cody Proffitt, Kate Rife, Jaclyn Hardin, Shannon Whaley, magicians from Doc’s Magic Shop and the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club.

Special thanks go to auctioneer Tim Milks; Abby Dovey, who performed the National Anthem magnificently; the youth bluegrass group Little Gravy for their pre-show entertainment; Sharpshooters, for taking photos and PepsiCo for its sponsorship.

Overall sponsorship of the event, for which were are extremely grateful, came from Citizens National Bank.

This evening of fun will allow the staff and volunteers of the non-profit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic to continue providing quality medical and dental care to Sevier County residents and employees who have no health insurance. When the community comes together to put on an event like Climbing for Hope, everyone wins.


Ashley Justice

Director of Fund Development

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic