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April 28, 2015

Haywood Healthcare Foundation recognizes grant recipients

Haywood Healthcare Foundation recognizes grant recipients Apr 28, 2015

grantRepresentatives from 24 different organizations or efforts were on hand last week when the Haywood Healthcare Foundation awarded its first round of grants to benefit health-related causes in the county.

The Haywood Healthcare Foundation issued its first round of grants this month and recognized the recipients at its board meeting last week.

The organization was formerly known as the Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation, but transitioned to a new mission once the nonprofit Haywood hospital was sold to Duke LifePoint, a for-profit business.

For 23 years, the Foundation raised funds to support the hospital, whether it was in the form of new equipment, a new wing or needed remodeling projects. Once the hospital business model changed, the Foundation’s original purpose ceased, leaving members with the option of disbanding or refocusing its mission.

As there were plenty of unmet healthcare needs in the community, the group became the Haywood Healthcare Foundation and has used most of the proceeds from its fall golf fund-raising event to provide grants to organizations working in this arena.

More than $81,000 was awarded to 24 efforts looking to make a difference in Haywood. The grants covered everything from mental health and dental care to initiatives focused on nutrition and education.

The organization is planning a major fundraiser on May 16 when it holds a Casino Night at the Maggie Valley Country Club. All funds raised from the event will be used to combat Haywood County’s number one health problem, the abuse of prescription drugs.

The event will include both a live and silent auction, plenty of gaming activities, with winners paid in prizes. Tickets are $100 each, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a drink ticket. Call 452-8383 for more information.