Taste of the Mountains raises $22,000 for JCCH to buy neonatal incubator
MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. – The second annual Taste of the Mountains fundraising gala was a big hit, raising $22,000 to help the Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation purchase a neonatal incubator for newborns who need extra support.
The sold-out event was held March 8 at RedTail Mountain Golf and Country Club and included silent and live auctions, wine tasting, a gourmet dinner provided by RedTail Mountain and desserts provided by local restaurants.
The event was moved to RedTail for the first time in order to accommodate more people.
“We want to thank everybody involved,” said Chastity Trivette, assistant administrator at Johnson County Community Hospital and director of Ancillary Services. “It turned out to be a wonderful event. Our fundraising goal was $17,766 so we surpassed that.
"It's very important to the community and the hospital to have this neonatal incubator for our newborn babies."
The JCCH Foundation over the last few years has raised money to benefit the hospital’s patients and their families through creating a pediatric emergency room, a chapel near the hospital lobby, and a digital mammography unit.
Guests to Taste of the Mountains were treated to a meal of appetizers, salad, a choice of Aged Beef Prime Rib or Herb-Roasted Quarter Chicken with “Shady Valley” Cranberries, sides of mashed potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, green beans and homemade yeast rolls, and desserts from nine local restaurants/establishments.
There were 17 live auction items, donated by local businesses and individuals, including golf packages, a quilt, theater passes, an all-day boat rental, an airplane flight and a Florida getaway. Among the 59 silent auction items were dinner and theater packages, artwork, jewelry, photo sessions, books, gift certificates to local businesses and much more. Once again, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey gave a spirited performance as auctioneer for the live auction items.
“I am very humbled by the outpouring of generosity,” said Karen Clark, corporate director of Fund Development for Mountain States Foundation. “We especially want to thank the Taste of the Mountains committee and the Johnson County Community Hospital board members for their hard work in making this event a success!”