Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 11, 2013

Hospice Auxiliary Holiday Ball a great success

By Sherry Koch
Sun contributor

CROSSVILLE — Celebrating the 25th Annual Hospice Auxiliary Holiday Ball, the Fairfield Glade Auxiliary hosted its major fundraising event of the year on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Druid Hills Country Club. In keeping with the silver anniversary theme, auxiliary members and their husbands decorated Legends featuring glistening silver and white additions and doves to symbolize Hospice. The sparkling decorations and beautiful Christmas trees can be enjoyed the entire month of December by all guests at Druid Hills. Event Tri-Chairs Sherry Koch, Cece Trachy and Kathy Small would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the silent and live auctions, as well as the many individuals and merchants who donated wonderful items to help our fundraising efforts.

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 and the live auction was handled by Gordon Stack of PEG Broadcasting. We are so appreciative for Gordon for taking on this task, which is much different from his radio broadcasting duties. The dancing continued until 10 p.m. with guests enjoying the terrific music of The Bill Sleeter Trio from Nashville.

Vacation get-away packages, jewelry, artwork, gift certificates for dinners and massages are just some of the auction items donated by both businesses and individuals. We thank everyone who responded to our letters of request, plus the many auxiliary members who donated beautifully decorated themed gift baskets. Local Crossville participants are: Crouch Investment Group, Inc., Fairfield Glade Community Club, Nature's Way Center for Massage Therapy with Terry Owens, Cumberland County Playhouse, Peavine Wine & Spirits, Hair Diva’s Salon, Kelly’s Spa Cottage, Anderson Shuttle Service, Woodworker Rob Brown, Doris Small of Brownstones Boutique and Spa, Cumberland Medical Center/Wellness Complex, Cahoots General Store, Massage by Beckie Cain, NCLMT, PGA Director of Golf Steve Kraft, 5th Street Marketplace, Fairfield Beauty Shop, PGA Professionals Jeff Houston & Jeremy Jones, Massages by Beth Cunningham and Barbara Sutch at CMC Wellness Complex, Lois Rupert of Cookie Lee Jewelry, Bead & Fiber Artist Judi Moenck, Kristy Meadows of Saffron Salon & Herb Co., Campbell’s Pool & Spa, Brenda Wright of Above & Beyond Salon, Stagecoach Place Café, Judy & Bob Henderson, BaLou’s Furniture Gallery, Cindy & Jim Marentette, Collage - Sue Brown and Linda Chiaramonte, and Day’s Gone By.

Donations from merchants outside of Cumberland County include Dollywood, Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge; Rugby’s Grey Gables Bed 'N Breakfast, Ober Gatlinburg, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Clarion Inn & Suites Hotel in Gatlinburg, The Lost Sea Adventure/Sweetwater, Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Bob's Package Store – Knoxville, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Tennessee Titans, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Predator's Hockey Team, and The Parthenon/Centennial Park in Nashville.

Our local residents will benefit greatly from our auxiliary’s 25th Annual Holiday Ball. The funds raised will benefit Hospice of Cumberland County’s Cumberland House, the six-bed residential hospice facility. We are grateful we 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. “Adding life to days when days can no longer be added to life” is the mission of our organization. We thank everyone who so generously contributed to our fundraising effort for the only non-profit local hospice organization in Cumberland County.