HCA raises $1,300 for cancer charity

Nov 09, 2012
Photo by: Donated photos FOR A GOOD CAUSE — Pictured above is a symbolic check being donated from HCA’s headmaster Blake Stanbery to Hope Chest board member Tony Newsome. Below, pictured are HCA’s 2012 winter court queen Tessa Shepherd, Sarah Womack (junior), and last year’s queen, Grace Lynch who is now at Charleston Southern University.

Haywood Christian Academy added the color pink to its Black & White Charity Ball at The Gateway Club this year. The school raised $1,300 total for The Hope Chest for Women and a local family battling the disease. This was the sixth year that HCA held its charity ball to honor a local non-profit chosen by the student council.

Tony Newsome, a member of the Hope Chest board of directors, was on hand to accept the check from HCA’s headmaster Blake Stanbery. Newsome shared his gratitude to those in attendance and was thankful that the students supported a place that provides hope.

“What the Hope Chest offers all women, regardless of geography or economics, is something that money can’t buy,” said Newsome. “Help could be as simple as a shoulder to cry on or referral to a welcoming support group.”

At the Hope Chest for Women, Executive Director Kathy Haney and her staff are there to give women across Western North Carolina what they need the most while they are undergoing treatment for breast or gynecologic cancer. It could be paying for medication, assistance with a power bill or just a gift card to defray the cost of gasoline for frequent trips to Asheville for chemotherapy treatments. Haney was surprised by the gift.

“We are always touched by people like Haywood Christian Academy who hear about The Hope Chest and connect us with an event that benefits so many others,” she said.

A portion of the funds raised was given to a family that has two children at the school and the mother was recently diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of cervical cancer. About a third of the women who come through the Hope Chest are battling cancers other than breast cancer.

“It was quite an emotional night, and probably the most special ball we’ve had,” said Headmaster Stanbery. “I was proud of our student council to decide to help this family. The love expressed by our school is more valuable than any check we could present them.”

Other festivities of the evening included the presentation of the winter court and the crowning of a queen voted on by the student body. Tessa Shepherd, a senior at HCA, received this year’s crown. Shepherd is deciding on a college and plans to study nursing. The remainder of the night was spent dancing, enjoying food and celebrating the blessing of generosity.

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