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Hound Ears Open Fundraising Exceeds $150K for ARHC’s Post Acute Care Facility in Blowing Rock

he 2014 Hound Ears Open benefitted Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s proposed post-acute care rehabilitative facility in Blowing Rock.

Sept. 9, 2014. Building on a rich history of service to the High Country community, Hound Ears Club recently completed a successful fundraising effort, the 13th annual Hound Ears Open on Aug. 8-9.

Proceeds from the Open, as well as other donations, exceeded $150,000. The two-day event included a golf tournament, putting contest, cocktail party, live auction, silent auction and raffle.

The 2014 Hound Ears Open will benefit Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s proposed post-acute care rehabilitative facility in Blowing Rock. The Open represents the third phase of a five-year goal to contribute to the creation of the post-acute care rehabilitative facility. The facility will capitalize on a neighborhood concept and provide rehabilitation services, memory support care, extended care, palliative care and primary care in an on-site outpatient clinic.

“This year’s Hound Ears Open was so much fun,” said Hound Ears Club member and Open co-chair Libba Gaither. “Our two-day event of a putting contest, silent and live auctions and a raffle had something for all ages. It was wonderful to see all the many participates enjoying this benefit in support of Appalachian Healthcare System,” she added. Along with Gaither, Hound Ears Club member Alma Greene served as co-chair.

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.

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.

“[Spencer and Harry Robbins] were the first to step up and make a substantial commitment to healthcare in this community,” Richard Sparks, President and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, said. “The tremendous support of Hound Ears Club greatly increased our ability to provide specific services such as cardiac care and cancer care for the people of our region.”

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 sixth consecutive year. Memberships are available for residents and non-residents.

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