Letter: Mountain Hope says thanks for support of Pirates’ Ball

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 11:32 PM


A variety of “pirates,” complete with hats, eye patches and in some cases swords, overran Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies March 7 as the aquarium hosted the annual Pirates’ Ball, a fundraiser for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

Thanks to the efforts of many people, the evening lived up to its reputation as one of the most fun events of the season. We at Mountain Hope are especially grateful for the generosity of Ripley’s. The aquarium’s watery backdrop is the perfect setting for the Pirates theme. The aquarium staff was wonderful to work with, both in the planning stages and during the event. Our special thanks go to Ryan DeSear, aquarium manager; Margaret Halpert and Chuck Winstead.

Our loyal clinic volunteers helped in many ways, including greeting guests, taking tickets, handing out hats and beads and organizing the door prizes. They included: Carol Pierce-Burr, Anna Garber, Justin Jornd, Kate Justice, Reuben Morales, Johanna Ponce, Diann Simonis, and Judy Watson.

“As always, Ryan DeSear and his staff were amazing hosts. The aquarium provided wonderful food and a beautiful setting, while The Tim Kellar Band provided lively music that our guests enjoyed throughout the evening. Our thanks also go to Gatlinburg City Commission, who allowed guests to park free at the aquarium parking lot,” said Mary Vance, Executive Director of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

All proceeds go to Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, which provides quality health care to Sevier County residents and employees who do not have health insurance. As a non-profit organization, we depend on the generosity of the public and on special events such as the Pirates’ Ball to cover the difference between the low rate we charge and our costs to provide quality medical care. We appreciate our guests and everyone who helped make the Pirates’ Ball such a fun, successful evening.

Linda Shults

Board President

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic