Patron’s Party Swings For Chestnut Ridge

Patron’s Party Swings For Chestnut Ridge
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Since he was the event chair, Bo Henderson surely didn’t get the dates mixed up with the Highland Games as he greets Ted and Marty Couch in full Scottish regalia.

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.”

ARHS senior vp Rob Hudspeth welcomed the many donors who have, in aggregate, contributed more than $14 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.

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

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