June 29, 2016

HHF’s Casino Night raises $25,000 for Law Enforcement and Community Health First Grants

The Laurel Ridge Country Club transformed into a classy Las Vegas-esque venue Saturday, May 21, as dancing, games, music, drinks, silent auction items and food were offered at Haywood Healthcare Foundation’s annual Casino Night.

From local law enforcement and government officials, to community supporters of the Haywood Healthcare Foundation, everyone showed up in their finest attire, ready for a good time.

Music and lighting by DJ Jeanne Naber of Soundbug kept dancers on the floor and photographer Rick Hall took portraits of guests as they arrived. Items from both the silent and live auctions, as well as door prizes, made their way home with successful bidders and patrons.

Special guests Sheriff Greg Christopher and Chief Bill Hollingsed expressed their thanks for the AEDs provided to law enforcement by HHF in 2015. Plans are to increase coverage for cardiac emergencies in the county with additional AEDs to be carried in law enforcement vehicles.


This year, $25,000 was raised; a portion of the proceeds will go toward purchasing  AEDs. Additional proceeds will be used to fund Health First Community Grants, which provide assistance to local nonprofit and government agencies and schools for healthcare programs and projects.

Haywood Healthcare Foundation wishes to thank all the sponsors, donors, guests, volunteers, trustees, Executive Director Susan Anderson, foundation administrator Marge Stiles, committee co-chairs Diana Laursen and Christopher Williams and committee members Joan Barnes, Julia Freeman, Ginger Lang, Maria Lubinski, Dan and Deener Matthews, Dr. Charles Thomas and Melanie Williams for their contributions of time and effort in planning for Casino Night 2016.

For more information on Haywood Healthcare Foundation, visit, find HHF on Facebook or call 452-8343.

Originally posted in The Mountaineer.