Proceeds from the Boone, N.C. club ‘s recent tournament will benefit a post-acute care rehabilitative facility.
The 12th annual “Hound Ears Open,” a two-day event held at the Boone, N.C. club on August 8th and 9th that included a golf tournament, putting contest, cocktail party, live auction, silent auction and raffle, raised over $150,000 for Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s proposed post-acute care rehabilitative facility. This year’s Open represented the third phase of Hound Ears Club’s five-year goal to contribute to the creation of the facility, which will capitalize on what’s termed a “neighborhood concept” to 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 Libba Gaither, who along with fellow member Alma Greene served as co-chair for the Open. “We had something for all ages. It was wonderful to see all the many participates enjoying this benefit in support of Appalachian Healthcare System.”
For the past five decades, Hound Ears Club, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the resort town of Blowing Rock, N.C. with a golf course designed by George Cobb in 1964, 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, and 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,” said Richard Sparks, President and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. “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.”