Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 3, 2013

Hospice Auxiliary Holiday Ball is festive and successful


CROSSVILLE — The Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary’s 24th annual Holiday Ball was held Sunday, Dec. 2 at Druid Hills Country Club. Auxiliary members and their husbands decorated Legends with beautiful silver and gold decorations and several Christmas trees to create the perfect setting for this festive evening. 

Event tri-chairs Sherry Koch, Jane Wicker and Cece Trachy would like to thank all who attended and participated in the silent and live auctions as well as the individuals and merchants who donated to the auxiliary’s major fundraising event of the year.

As guests arrived in their glittering holiday attire, bidding began in the Fireside Room for the many silent auction items. A fabulous gourmet dinner followed the silent auction along with dancing to the music of the Bill Sleeter Trio from Nashville.

Auctioneer Steve Robinson of Pioneer Realty once again kept the crowd’s interest with his fun, fast-paced style, quickly selling all 20 items. A special offering of Jack Daniel’s gifts, an auxiliary created gingerbread house, plus a beautiful tray of Amaretto and Roses items were awarded to three lucky ticket holders.

Vacation get-aways, jewelry, handcrafted items, gift certificates for dinners and massages were just some of the wonderful auction items donated by both businesses and individuals. The auxiliary thanks everyone who responded to the letters of request plus the many auxiliary members who donated terrific gift baskets.

Local Crossville participants were Crouch Investment Group, Inc., Fairfield Glade Community Club, Elsa's Resale and Furniture Gallery, artist Katie Smith, Sue Brown and Linda Chiaramonte of Collage in the Village Green Mall, Nature's Way Center for Massage Therapy with Terry Owens, Cumberland County Playhouse, woodworking artist Jim Bentley, Peavine Wine and Spirits, Cumberland Medical Center, Kristy's Salon, Kelly’s Spa Cottage, Anderson Shuttle Service, woodworker Rob Brown, Doris Small of Brownstones in the Village Green Mall, Massage by Beckie Cain, NCLMT, PGA, Director of Golf Steve Kraft, Beef and Barrel, 5th Street Marketplace, Fairfield Beauty Shop, PGA Professionals Jeff Houston and Jeremy Jones, Jaime Cox Massage at Cumberland Medical Center, Lois Rupert/Cookie Lee Jewelry, bead and fiber artist Judi Moenck, BaLou’s Furniture Gallery, LPGA professional Dawn Griffin, Laura and Tim Dumez and Cindy and Jim Marentette.

Donations from merchants outside of Cumberland County include Music Road Inn, Dollywood and Titanic Museum Attraction, Pigeon Forge; Grey Gables Bed 'N Breakfast, Rugby; Ober Gatlinburg, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Clarion Inn and Suites Hotel, Gatlinburg; The Lost Sea Adventure, Sweetwater; Bryan Symphony Orchestra at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville; Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame, Chattanooga; Bob's Package Store, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Knoxville; Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston; Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Tennessee Titans, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Predator's Hockey Team and The Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville; and Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA.

Local residents will benefit greatly from the auxiliary’s 24th annual Holiday Ball as they raised more than $14,000 for Hospice of Cumberland County and Cumberland House, the six-bed residential hospice facility. They are grateful that they can donate these funds to continue Hospice of Cumberland County's mission to provide comprehensive physical, emotional and spiritual care for individuals and families promoting the highest quality of living during life-limiting illness and bereavement. They thank everyone who so generously contributed to their fundraising effort for the only nonprofit local hospice organization in Cumberland County.