Hound Ears Open event benefits Patients in Need

Winners of the tournament - Bill Deuink, Kevin Walsh,Ron Calhoun, and Scott Sullivan

Winners of the tournament – Bill Deuink, Kevin Walsh,Ron Calhoun, and Scott Sullivan

BOONE, N.C. – Building on a rich history of service to the High Country community, Hound Ears Club recently completed a successful fundraising effort, the 16th annual Hound Ears Open in August.

Hound Ears Club has been privileged for five decades to host an annual benefit to support our community healthcare initiatives through Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). The two-day event included a golf tournament, tennis tournament, putting contest, cocktail party, auction and raffle.

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Proceeds from this year’s tournament — just over $138,000 — benefit The Patients in Crisis Fund. The fund cares for patients’ and their families by providing for medication, transportation, housing, and other critical needs when they are receiving treatment from ARHS. Previously, Hound Ears Open support benefitted several other projects including the newly constructed Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge.

This fund was created to support people experiencing extreme financial crisis while they are undergoing medical treatment.

“It is because of dedicated community giving that we are able to offer these special services to our patients in need,” said Kindsay G. Reeder, Major Gifts Officer, Foundation, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.

Over the past seven years, the Hound Ears Open raised in excess of $750,000.

“The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System benefits our community in so many ways. We are honored to be working with them.  Hound Ears residents are very fortunate to have a modern medical system right here in our county,” said Hound Ears Club member and Open co-chair Alma Greene.

“My co-chair, Tim Miller, and I worked extremely well together and we could not have accomplished what we did without the partnership of ARHS staff and management, as well as the team at Hound Ears.”

For the past five decades, Hound Ears Club has supported many community-based projects benefitting the High Country’s regional healthcare system – including the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, Blowing Rock Rehabilitation/Davant Extended Care Center and the ARHS Cardiology Center in Boone.

“Hound Ears Club continues to be a loyal community partner for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System” said Rob Hudspeth, ARHS Senior Vice President for System Advancement. 

“Year after year Hound Ears joins together in a big way to financially support our annual initiatives to help make healthcare better in our community.  Their dedication and commitment to ARHS is second to none.  We appreciate their time, efforts and enthusiasm in making this tournament the best year after year.”

The history of the Hound Ears Open stretches back to 1970. Following the death of Hound Ears co-founder Grover Robbins from cancer, brothers Spencer and Harry Robbins launched a golf tournament to honor Grover’s memory; the Open continued to grow in scope and size from there.

Centrally located near Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, N.C., Hound Ears Club comprises 750 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1964, the private community’s golf course was recently named a “Top 100 Tar Heel” course by Business North Carolina for the 11th consecutive year. Memberships are available for residents and non-residents.

For more information, visit the Hound Ears Club website at houndears.com

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