Donor Stories

After just three months, we are excited to announce the Brian Robinson $1 million Community Challenge for the Foundation’s Capital Campaign has been met. We are incredibly grateful to Brian and the nearly 180 people who donated to the campaign with individual gifts ranging from $25 to $50,000. Of those donors, 64 gave $1,000 or more to the campaign and 55 people made their first contribution to Pardee Hospital Foundation. Surprisingly, the challenge’s three largest gifts were all from new donors who were inspired by Robinson’s challenge to the community and decided to pledge their support to their new hometown as well.

Jean Ann Rushton is the Regent of the Joseph McDowell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Hendersonville.

“We are a service organization and always want to support projects in our community,” says Rushton. “Several members of our chapter have faced cancer, either themselves or as caregivers. We wanted to give back to Pardee because we believe having a strong cancer center here in Henderson County is so important.”

Brian Robinson recently moved to Flat Rock and decided to firmly put down roots. Actually, he is digging in and connecting with the community in a tremendous manner:

On Thursday, October 27, Brian decided to make a $500,000 pledge to the Pardee Cancer Center capital campaign. On Friday, October 28, at the annual Women Helping Women luncheon, Brian announced to a crowd of over 460 community leaders that he not only had pledged that amount, but that he would like to issue a challenge to the community to raise an additional $250,000, of which he will match dollar for dollar, in order to reach a total goal of $1 million.

David and Deanna Ellis are both from a small town in Tennessee that creates a unique perspective on the impact that a dedicated group of people can have on the delivery of critical health care within their community.

After David finished medical school at Tulane, the couple moved to Charleston for David’s residency at MUSC. When they began to look at places to live, they knew they wanted to be somewhere with a change of seasons – after spending so many years in the hot weather, they were ready to have fall, winter and spring! When David came to Hendersonville and toured the area with Dr. Marion Ross, he fell in love with it immediately. They knew they wanted to settle in a smaller town and live in a place where they could be active contributors to their community. They had two small children at the time, and wanted a safe place for them to grow up.

Jim and Shirley Crafton are both longtime supporters of Pardee Hospital. Both have either worked or volunteered their time at Pardee over the years and see their support for the Cancer Center as simply the right thing to do.

Shirley has been a volunteer with Pardee since 2000, where her mother Ruth Tillman volunteered before her. They shared their sewing skills by volunteering their time in “Workshop 2”. It is there that Shirley makes clowns and other items that are sold in the hospital gift shop. Shirley also volunteers in the Garden Café as her schedule permits.