Plans are underway for the HHH Patrons’ Luncheon set for October 2013!
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF
THE HHH PATRONS’ LUNCHEON!
Balfour Beatty/Balfour Resouce Group
Enterprise Electric, LLC
HHH PATRONS’ LUNCHEON RAISED $282,000 AND ANNOUNCED FIVE ROOM EXPANSION
On Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, HHH of Nashville hosted the seventh, annual Patrons’ Luncheon featuring comedian/musician Gary Mule Deer at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown, and the Nashville community generously entrusted HHH with over $280,000 to serve patients and patient families seeking medical treatment in Nashville hospitals.
Co-chaired by Susan & Luke Gregory, Sharalena & Dick Miller, and Tori & John Wimberly with Janet & Jim Ayers and Lee Ann & Orrin Ingram serving as honorary co-chairs, this year’s luncheon featured a special announcement by James Looper, HHH Board Chair—the addition of five, new rooms to the HHH Residential program. These additional accommodations, officially opening on October 17th, mean that HHH of Nashville now serves 35 families a night in residential programs!
The generosity and dedication of presenting sponsors The Ayers Foundation, Earl Swensson Associates, Inc., and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who underwrite event costs, ensures that every dollar raised goes directly to serve patients and caregivers in need of a home away from home while seeking medical treatment in any Nashville hospital.
Since the first Patrons’ Luncheon in 2006, raising over $2.3 million to date, HHH has tripled the size of its residential programs and has started working with fourteen Partner Hotels in the area to provide respite nights for additional families. HHH’s Waiting Room Adoption program has grown to 55 hospital and clinic waiting rooms, and HHH continues to offer Day Services and Community Education Workshops. In 2011, HHH of Nashville offered 1,668 families services through Residential, Day Service and Partner Hotel programs. An additional 50,000 families were reached through Waiting Room Adoption.
In a ballroom festive with aubergine-painted pumpkins sparkling in silver and gold glitter, HHH presented videos of former guests and community leaders, each sharing his/her unique perspective on the HHH mission. “I just can’t say enough good about [HHH],” was repeated many times.
Traditionally, a former HHH guest has spoken, but this year patrons heard from a guest currently living at HHH. Kim Drain from Michigan spoke movingly and powerfully about what has been to date a three-month stay at HHH of Nashville with her daughter Layken. Layken delivered baby girl Charyle prematurely after a dangerous pregnancy and Kim and Layken have a home at HHH while Charyle continues her hospitalization. Kim shared a vivid picture of HHH as not just a place to stay but as a family, highlighting the bonds that guests create with each other and the invaluable support that a home away from home provides to guests many miles from friends and relations.
After Kim shared her journey, patrons made personal gifts or pledges that resulted in $280,000 to support HHH and the more than 1,700 families who will find a home away from home there in the year to come.
“Our patrons are incredible people—members of our extended HHH family, and as one of our former guests said, we hope they receive the same joy and blessings from giving that they make possible for the patients and families we serve,” said Nancy Denning-Martin, HHH Executive Director. “This incredibly generous community has made it possible for us to add five, new and desperately-needed rooms at a time when the need for our services continues to grow. We are humbled and grateful.”