Letter: Mountain Hope says thank you

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

Editor,

Pancakes and much more were on the breakfast menu for many Sevier County folks on Tuesday morning.

Thanks to Reagan’s House of Pancakes and a crew of volunteers, more than $1,600 was raised for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

For a donation of $5 to the clinic, hungry folks could help themselves at the buffet at two Reagan’s House of Pancakes locations on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge … and help themselves they did, to fabulous food that won rave reviews.

Mountain Hope is especially grateful to restaurant owner Steve Reagan and his wife, Robin.

They set up the fund-raiser as a way of thanking the community for choosing Reagan’s House of Pancakes as a Mountain Press Reader’s Choice award winner.

Our thanks also go to the volunteers who staffed the restaurants and to Tennessee State Bank for loaning some of its staff.

Volunteers who worked from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. were Cathy Dayton, Jessica Ellison, Scott Henry, Mary Ann Hines, Colt Hurst, Austin McCarter, Kim McCarter, Robin Reagan and Jarod Wilson.

Other volunteers were Phyllis Bottoms, Lori Beth Cole, Brandy Dominguez, Brooke Huskey, Robin Kurtz, Kristin Lewis, Ashley McGinnis, Jackie Ownby and Sharon Whaley. In addition, Sandi Moersdorf and Diann Simonis gave their time to help with the event.

All the proceeds benefit Mountain Hope, a non-profit clinic that provides a medical “home” to Sevier County residents and employees who have no health insurance. Patients pay what they can for their care, but it costs the clinic an average of $56 more per visit than we charge.

Events such as the breakfast help bridge that gap while enabling us to reach out to more patients in need of affordable, quality health care.

We are indebted to everyone who took part in such a successful event. We are blessed to be part of such a caring community.

Sincerely,

Ashley Justice

Director of Fund Development