Foundation raises nearly $5,000 for EMS ambulance

Charles Warner Editor

October 22, 2013

UNION COUNTY — The Union County EMS is nearly $5,000 closer to getting a new ambulance following one of two fundraisers the Union County Health Care Foundation will hold on its behalf this year.

Foundation Executive Director Catherine Childers announced Monday that the foundation’s annual Charity Golf Classic had raised nearly $5,000. Childers said that the event, which was held Oct. 4 at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club, was designed to help the foundation achieve its goal of raising $20,000 to help purchase a new ambulance for the EMS. She said the event was a way of helping the foundation accomplish a serious goal in a way that was fun for those participating.

“I am proud to say we are well on our way of raising $20,000 for the Union Hospital District and what a better way to do it than by playing golf at a wonderful golf course,” Childers said. “Having fun raising money for a worthy cause is what it is all about.”

Childers said that 11 teams participated in the event with the Henderson Plumbing team of Chris Hamilton, Brian Henderson, Joey Gregory, and Nick Small winning 1st Place Low Gross. She said the team of Wayne Blyler, Garrett Blyler, Jantzen Childers, and Bob Wall won 1st Place Low Net.

“The foundation would like to thank the eleven teams that participated,” Childers said.

In addition to the teams that competed, Childers also thanked the event’s corporate sponsors for their support of the event. The sponsors for this year’s golf classic were:

• Gold Sponsor: Dollar General, Union County

• Silver Sponsor: Arthur State Bank, City of Union

• Bronze Sponsor: Lockhart Power, Managed Print

• Member Sponsor: State Rep. Mike Anthony, Ark Hospice, Dr. John Baarcke — Family Dentistry, Rich and Andrea Cocovich, Correll Insurance Group, Randall “Chump” Hanvey, Holcombe Funeral Home, Peachy Kleen Laundry Service, The Jeter Stores, Inc., Tire & Auto Service Center of Union, Union Family Pharmacy, and Wicks Locksmith, LLC.

Childers’ announcement of the results of the golf classic comes less than a week after Union Hospital District CEO Paul Newhouse announced that the district had been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio. In the first year of the two-year grant the district will receive $130,000 which, along with the $20,000 raised by the foundation, will be used to purchase the ambulance for the EMS.

In the second year, the district will receive $120,000 which will be used to help build a helicopter landing pad next to Wallace Thomson Hospital. This part of the grant comes with the stipulation that the district raise $60,000 from the community by September 2014.

The Union County Health Care Foundation is a network of caring individuals whose goal is to identify and secure additional funding to supplement the efforts of Wallace Thomson Hospital, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, EMS, and the local medical community in providing high quality, cost effective health care.

In order to do this, the foundation owns 30 percent of American HomePatient, Union’s local supplier for CPAP and oxygen. This partnership pays for all the foundation’s administrative costs, which allows 100 percent of all funds raised to be applied to its mission. At the present time the foundation has raised a little over $1.7 million for the health care needs of Union County.

Those funds have been raised by the foundation through charitable donations and fund raising events such as the Charity Golf Classic and the Christmas Tour of Homes.

Childers announced Wednesday that this year’s Christmas Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4-7 p.m. She said that a list of homes participating in the tour and tickets will be available Nov. 4. Like this year’s golf classic, the funds raised through the tour of homes will go toward the purchase of an ambulance for the EMS.

This will be the second Christmas Tour of Homes the foundation has sponsored. The first, which was held in 2012, featured six stops including the Cross Keys House, Meador Home, Hill Home, Nicholson Mansion, First Baptist Church, and Wallace Thomson Hospital. The tour, along with that year’s golf classic, was part of the foundation’s efforts to raise funds for the purchase of a Cardiovascular Diagnostic Stress Testing System for the hospital.

For more information about the Tour of Homes or to make a donation to the Union County Health Care Foundation, contact Catherine M. Childers at 864-301-2466 or by email at cchilders@wallacethomson.com.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com