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Pardee Foundation recognizes 2012 Health care Philanthropist

Beginning in 2004, Pardee Foundation has recognized philanthropy to Pardee Hospital, as well as other healthcare organizations, by recognizing one individual annually through the “Healthcare Philanthropist Award.”  The award exemplifies outstanding volunteerism and support of Pardee Hospital and Pardee Foundation, community involvement and philanthropic support and community leadership.  Through the recognition, the award nominee encourages others to support Pardee and the community through generous giving. At the June 30 event, Pardee Foundation recognized the generosity of Eleanora Meloun, a long-time Hendersonville resident. Mrs. Meloun came to Hendersonville in the 1950’s with her husband Chuck as he endeavored to expand and grow the General Electric business in this community.  They were later transferred to Pennsylvania and Chicago but returned to their Hendersonville home for good. A strong advocate for “our community hospital, Pardee,” Mrs. Meloun’s giving is often done anonymously. She has supported major projects at Pardee, along with other community organizations.  She volunteered for many years with Pardee’s Auxiliary and has been a life-long volunteer. From referring friends to Pardee physicians to hosting educational events for Pardee to actively managing her own good health through exercise and an always positive attitude, Eleanora is a staunch believer and supporter of health issues in our community. Myra Grant, retiring Executive Director of Pardee Foundation says, “Throughout my career at Pardee, Eleanora has always been supportive of my efforts and those of Pardee Hospital. As I leave Pardee I can only strive for the same spirit of community and enthusiasm for life as that shown by Mrs. Meloun.” The Boys Club also honored Mrs. Meloun as a “local hero”; the Community Foundation honored her with the Sauer Award. The award was presented by 2009 Healthcare Philanthropist, Dr. Phil Sellers. The June 30th donor event also honored the 16 years of service to Pardee for Myra Grant, retiring Executive Director of Pardee Foundation. The Board of Directors of Pardee Foundation established the Myra N. Grant Women’s Initiative Endowment to honor her work. This special fund will provide resources for women’s programs and services at Pardee Hospital. Earlier this year, Ms. Grant was honored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce with the Athena Award, an international award recognizing mentoring of women, leadership and community service.

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