By David Rogers. June 25, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s efforts to complete the fundraising may have gotten a real shot in the arm Saturday night at the annual Patron’s Party, hosted this year by Blowing Rock Country club, when Senior Vice President for System Advancement Rob Hudspeth dropped a bombshell.
“We have $1.8 million left in this campaign,” Hudspeth told the crowd of 124 financial supporters of The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge Post Acute Care and Rehabilitation Center. “We have a friend of the project, though, who pledged to me recently that if we could raise the $800,000, he would contribute the million.”
That put a capper on a fun evening enjoyed by all, each of whom had ponied up $250 to enjoy drinks, dinner, music and camaraderie.
The annual Patron’s Party is a “black tie” affair, the proceeds of which go toward the Chestnut Ridge capital campaign. It is the first in a series of events in support of the soon-to-be-completed healthcare facility on the northern outskirts of Blowing Rock.
Hudspeth played a video of the Chestnut Ridge campus as it looks today, with the grand opening currently scheduled for late July or early August.
For those wanting to salivate, dinner featured a “surf and turf” entree of halibut and filet mignon, served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and a steamed vegetable medley, preceded by the Country Club’s “Tomato Tower” salad. Dessert included salted caramel ice cream, a slab of peanut brittle, and a “spritz” of chocolate.