Southeastern Health Foundation Advocates to raise money for exoskeleton

By: By Heather Walters - Contributing columnist

Southeastern Health Foundation Advocates are young professionals from throughout Robeson County who understand the importance of Southeastern Health to the well-being of our community.

The advocates work together to raise awareness and money to support the initiatives and needs that have been identified by Southeastern Health’s leadership and its board of trustees. Their fundraising efforts help the Southeastern Health Foundation meet goals for special projects that otherwise might not be funded or could possibly take longer to secure.

The 2016 Boots & BBQ event originally was planned for the week after Hurricane Matthew. Instead of cancelling the event, the group chose to reschedule the event for New Year’s Eve to make sure their 2016 fundraising goal was met to secure an additional isolette for Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal ICU.

The Foundation Advocates are looking forward to the upcoming 2017 Boots & BBQ event to be held Oct. 20 at the Southeastern Agricultural Center Horse Arena from 7 to 11 p.m. with catering by Fuller’s BBQ and live entertainment by The Mikele Buck Band. A live auction will begin at 9:30 p.m. The 2017 Boots & BBQ premiere sponsors are RGS Builders, which is sponsoring the band, Brisson Drugs for the bar and the Robeson County commissioners, who are sponsoring the food.

The money raised through sponsorships and ticket sales will go toward the purchase of a robotic exoskeleton for Southeastern Rehabilitation WoodHaven. The exoskeleton will help people who have suffered from stroke, back injury or other motor-skills injuries to be able to rehab with robotic assistance in the hopes that they will walk again on their own.

“Our goal is to surpass the amount of funds needed to purchase the vital equipment and have fun doing it,” said Advocates Chairwoman Christy Bryant. “If you are a business owner in the community that understands the importance of our community hospital, please consider sponsoring Boots & BBQ or any of the other Foundation events that give support to the hospital’s efforts. If you are a community member who wants to join us, know that you will have a great time while helping a great cause.”

For more information about the Boots & BBQ event or other Foundation giving opportunities, call 910-671-5583.
Southeastern Health Foundation Advocates plan event to raise the need funds

By Heather Walters

Contributing columnist

Heather Walters is the annual giving specialist for the Southeastern Health Foundation.

Heather Walters is the annual giving specialist for the Southeastern Health Foundation.