Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 27, 2013

Card sharks deal for Hospice

By Rebekah K. Bohannon Beeler
Signals contributor

CROSSVILLE — A Card Party was held on Saturday, February 23, at the Thunderbird Recreation Center to benefit Hospice of Cumberland County. For a $10 donation, attendees were served lunch, entered into a drawing for door prizes and had an entire afternoon of friendship, fellowship and fun while supporting a great cause. 

Players were decked out like casino dealers with cards, dominoes, automatic shufflers and a healthy dose of competitiveness playing Hand and Foot, Bridge, Skip Bo, Russian Bank and Rummy-O.

“We had a successful turnout considering many of our members are out of town this time of year,” said Brenda Toodle, president of the Lake Tansi Hospice Auxiliary, Hospice of Cumberland County board member and card playing enthusiast who won two games. “Hospice of Cumberland County is unlike any other because it is the only non-profit hospice. We don’t turn anyone in need of hospice care away.”

Hospice of Cumberland County is supported by the Lake Tansi Hospice Auxiliary and the Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary. It is the only non-profit hospice in the area. As such, they rely heavily on the auxiliary committees to create fundraising events so they can continue providing care for those in need, regardless of whether or not those patients are insured.

“Hospice is so very important to support, and all the money stays right here in Cumberland County to help our community,” said Helen Davis playing an encouraging hand of Hand and Foot.  Davis’ contender, Gladys Butler added, “And one day we might even need it.”

Elbow deep in a six player nail-biter, Joy Ernst said, “Cards are fun and challenging and this is a really good fund raiser. Hospice is an excellent program. And friends get the opportunity to spend the day together.”  

For information on events like this or more about Hospice of Cumberland County call 484-4748 or visit