Nominations for the 2013 Women of Hope are now being accepted.
Nominations are now being accepted for Pardee Physician of the Year. This award is presented annually to recognize a physician at Pardee Hospital whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate patient care, and a commitment to improving the lives of countless hundreds of people throughout the community. The award seeks to identify and recognize multi-accomplished physicians who have enriched the field of medicine and who have demonstrated a love of the profession of medicine.
Pardee Hospital along with the Flat Rock Playhouse are currently hosting an inaugural Festival of Trees for this upcoming holiday season that will benefit local community charities. Go by and see the Christmas Trees located at the downtown location of the Flat Rock Playhouse. Make sure to place a silent auction bid on the Pardee Hospital tree. All the proceeds raised by the tree sale will benefit the Pardee Hospital Foundation.
Pardee Hospital Foundation recently elected officers and board members for the 2012 year. Lynn Matykiewicz, retired financial analyst, will serve as President. Ryan Harman, owner/broker of Edward Jones, will serve as Vice President of Development and Fundraising. Donalee Wermeister, retired human resources manager, will serve as Vice President of Board Development. Michael Wollinger, City Executive at Mountain 1st Bank, will serve as Treasurer and James Wert, retired from the Dupont Corporation, will
serve as Secretary.
Other board members include Stephanie Bailey, Greg Burnette, Rich Cooke, Jim Honeycutt, Kellie Kanipe, Mary Jackson, Sharon Koffman, W. Mark McCollough, M.D., Ross Sloan, Alan Verm, M.D., Ragan Ward,
Deborah Wilkinson, Jay Kirby, President/CEO of Pardee Hospital, Larry Freeman and Peggy Judkins.
Pardee Hospital Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization, educates the community on ways to support Pardee Hospital and its services with charitable giving. The best known events which the Foundation sponsors are
the Tournament of Champions, the Women Helping Women Program which assists low-income patients with their care, and the Health Care Philanthropist of the Year Award. During the Foundation's 16 year
history, over $28 million has been raised and contributed by individuals, businesses and private foundations to enhance and expand the health care services at Pardee.
There's Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now charities are starting what they hope will become a national day for giving that will join the holiday lexicon: Giving Tuesday.
As of Monday morning, #GivingTuesday had 2,106 partners listed on the movement's website, including corporations, nonprofits, schools and religious groups.
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The idea for the campaign sprung from Henry Timms, deputy executive director of the Jewish community center 92nd Street Y, and Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation. Timms began thinking about the concept during the holidays last year, and the idea gained momentum this past spring.
"When 92Y's Henry Timms called he explained the opportunity this way, 'We have a day for giving thanks, two days for getting deals. Why shouldn't there be a day for giving back?'" Calvin said. She said the UN Foundation loved the idea.
"There are so many creative ways that people can volunteer and donate in today's world of social media," Calvin said. "A national day of giving back around the holiday shopping season just makes sense. It helps people everywhere make the most of their philanthropic side."
The organizers, including public relations firm Fenton Communications, are asking partners who have the capability of collecting data to report how much they raise on Tuesday, how many people volunteered at an event, or other relevant information. They hope to report those figures Wednesday.
But will Giving Tuesday catch on, especially in light of the expected increase in retail holiday sales?
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Devin Hermanson, senior marketing director of relief organization World Vision, said he hopes so.
According to a phone survey by Harris Interactive and World Vision, 83 percent of Americans say they would prefer to receive a meaningful gift that would help someone else instead of a traditional gift like clothing or electronics.
However, the percentage of people willing to give a charitable gift as a present has fallen.
Last year, 51 percent of U.S. adults said they would be "more likely" to give a charitable gift as a holiday present. This year, that percentage dropped to 45 percent.
"Holiday shopping is treated like an Olympic event," Hermanson said. He hopes the same attention will be paid to Giving Tuesday.
Click here to give to the Pardee Foundation.