Hats for Hope supporters earn thanks for their efforts

May. 03, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

Editor:

Unusual hats, pretty hats, crazy hats and flowery hats adorned the heads of guests at Hats for Hope, the brunch and silent auction held March16 at RiverStone Resort & Spa in Pigeon Forge. The proceeds benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

We at the Clinic are deeply grateful to those who helped make this event such a success, especially Teresa and her staff at the RiverStone for their wonderful support. Our thanks also go to singer Jarrod Wilson, who entertained the guests; to Barbara McGill and Lisa Reagan, and Sarah Valentine who judged the contest for best hats in various categories; The Mountain Press for publicizing the event; and to volunteer helpers Shari Chambers, Kate Justice and Doug Justice.

We are also indebted to Barry and Steven of Parkside Rentals, Cupid’s Petals Florist, and Paula Rawson for their hard work in assembling and arranging auction items.

Generous sponsors of the brunch and silent auction included David Reller of IHOP and Tennessee State Bank.

Hats for Hope was the favorite event of the late Dr. Alyene Reese, Clinic founder, and remains a favorite of her friend Antoinette Ogle.

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, a non-profit organization, provides quality health care to medically uninsured residents and employees of Sevier County. Fundraisers such as Hats for Hope are one important way to bridge the gap between what our patients can afford to pay and what it costs us to provide services to them.

Everyone who participated, who donated items for the auction, or who had a hand in Hats for Hope has contributed to making health care in Sevier County a little more accessible. Thanks again for your participation.

Sue Ellen Riddle

Board of Directors

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic