Magic and Mindreading Show to Benefit Mountain Hope

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Fancy a little magic, mindreading and mayhem during the week of Halloween?

Erik Dobell and Chris Collins of Impossibilities show in Gatlinburg are putting on a special benefit Shocktober show for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic on Monday, Oct. 24.  “A Night of Hope and Magic” will showcase the Shocktober theme the performers are using all month.

Dobell is a master mentalist, creating the illusion of reading minds. Collins is the magical comedian. “I do the mind reading, he does the magic,” Dobell said.

“A Night of Hope and Magic” will be an interactive show, like Impossibilities,  in which the two have been starring since the spring in Gatlinburg. But “A Night of Hope and Magic” will have a Halloween twist, based on the theme of a haunted manor the two have purchased, Dobell said.

It will differ from Impossibilities, Collins said. “It’s still a family show, but it’s going to have a little bit of an edge to it. It’s also going to be very spooky… but in a fun way.”

The last week in October is International Magic Week, Dobell said, and Houdini, the famous escape artist, died on Halloween, so this is a fitting time for the show.

Dobell said he came late to his interest in mentalism, though as a boy he had enjoyed such brainy heroes as Sherlock Holmes and Batman. In his late teens he taught himself some magic tricks, and at a magic show in Ohio bought a book on mentalism and the psychology behind it. That’s when he got hooked.

Collins has the ability to blend audience participation with original magic and humor. It’s earned him the title of Magical Comedian. His magic is fast paced,exciting and different. He’s a professional entertainer with more than 20 years’ experience, including Las Vegas, comedy clubs and corporate events.

The non-profit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic provides quality medical and dental care at a reasonable price to Sevier County residents and employees who lack health insurance. Fund-raisers such as the Shocktober show are an essential part of keeping costs low at the Clinic, said Ashley Burnette, Director of Fund Development.

Tickets for the Oct. 24 event are available on line here or by calling 865.774.7684 and asking for Ashley. The Iris Theater is at the Space Needle, 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg. Tickets are also available from Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, 312 Prince Street, Sevierville.



Texas Roadhouse Hosts Fundraiser for Mountain Hope

TXRHNightSEVIERVILLE — Wouldn’t it be wonderful to donate money to a good cause while eating a luscious steak or tasty ribs?

Diners at the Texas Roadhouse in Governor’s Crossing will do just that on Sept. 20. The restaurant is offering a Dine to Donate night that will benefit the non-profit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

Ten percent of eligible restaurant sales between 5 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 will go as a donation to Mountain Hope. For their meal to be eligible, guests must present a Dine to Donate flyer to their server while ordering. Flyers are available and can be printed off at Mountain Hope’s web site, www.mountainhope.org, or at the Clinic’s Facebook page. They are also available at the front desk of the Clinic at 312 Prince Street in Sevierville.

The Clinic provides quality medical and dental care at reasonable cost to Sevier County residents and employees who have no health insurance. “We are delighted that the Texas Roadhouse is supporting our efforts with this special evening,” said Clinic Fund Development Director Ashley Burnette. “Because we don’t charge our patients the full amount of what it costs us to treat them, we rely on businesses to help us bridge the gap. We applaud Texas Roadhouse’s community spirit.”

The Clinic has been serving the county’s uninsured since 1999, and currently has more than 21,000 people on its active roll.

Click here to download and print the flyer you’ll need to support Mountain Hope when you dine at Texas Roadhouse on Sept. 20: Fundraiser Flyer

Mountain Hope Gift Wrap Event at Ole Smokey Moonshine

Volunteers Needed to Wrap Gifts

Mountain Hope Gift Wrap Event at Ole Smokey MoonshineOnly about 115 shopping days to Christmas! (Written Aug. 31)

Now is the perfect time to schedule an activity that helps others while dovetailing perfectly with your Christmas shopping.

Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is looking for volunteers to wrap gifts for a couple of hours starting on Black Friday (November 25) and continuing every day through Christmas Eve. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit clinic, which serves Sevier County residents and employees with no health insurance.

The location Ole Smoky Barn, 131 The Island Drive in Pigeon Forge. Volunteers are asked to sign in for two-hour shifts (or longer) any time between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to turn a Christmas shopping outing into something more,” said Ashley Burnette, director of fund development for Mountain Hope. “Just think — you can shop in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, then wrap gifts for a couple of hours to benefit others. You could even wrap the gifts you just bought.”

What’s more, you can shop with a friend and then both of you can have fun wrapping together. Two volunteers at a time are needed at each location.

There’s another way you can help the project. You can donate Christmas wrapping paper, tape, scissors, bows, and ribbon by taking it to the Clinic at 312 Prince Street in Sevierville.

To sign up for your shift, contact Ashley at 774-7684 or by e-mail at aburnette@mountainhope.org.  You can also sign up for a shift online:


Shifts at the Ole Smokey Barn in Pigeon Forge at the Island

The Clinic provides quality medical and dental care at low cost to the county’s uninsured. It now has more than 21,000 patients of record. Fund-raisers such as the gift wrapping project are one way of bridging the gap between what patients can afford and the actual cost to the clinic of providing care.


Mountain Hope Thanks Ober Gatlinburg and Gatlinburg Sky Lift for Sevier County Days Donations

Oberttram-510x343 hat-couple-on-lift-2-510x383There’s a longtime local tradition of tourism attractions offering Sevier County Days to local residents at reduced prices. It’s an opportunity for Sevier Countians to enjoy the attractions that normally cater mainly to tourists.

Recently two Gatlinburg businesses, Ober Gatlinburg and the Skylift, took Sevier County days a step farther by donating the proceeds to Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. In this way, local folks benefitted twice, both by having fun and by supporting their neighbors, the Clinic’s patients.

We are grateful that management at the Skylift and Ober generously decided to support the non-profit Clinic in this way. Providing quality medical and dental care to local citizens with no health insurance does not come cheap. We charge our patients an affordable fee, but the actual cost to us for each patient visit is much more than we recoup from patients. To make up the difference, we depend on support from local businesses as well as grants and private donations. Fundraisers such as the two Sevier County Days events are most welcome.

Our thanks go out to Ober Gatlinburg and to the Skylift for their wonderful community support.

Warm regards,

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Ashley Burnette

Director of Fund Development



Ober Gatlinburg Fundraiser for Mountain Hope

Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson County Days at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg Sevier County DaysGatlinburg, TN – Ober Gatlinburg will offer Sevier, Cocke and Jefferson County Days from Saturday, June 4th through Friday, June 10th with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

A $3 donation (per person) can be exchanged for an Attraction Wristband that includes Ober Gatlinburg’s Aerial Tram, Alpine Slide, Ice Rink, Wildlife Encounter, Scenic Chairlift, Water Raft Rides, Carousel, Amaze’n Maze, Mini-Golf and Chair Swing!

Qualifying Sevier, Cocke or Jefferson County residents or Sevier County Employees, may bring one guest or their spouse & dependent children. Eligible participants must be over the age of 16, possess a valid Sevier, Cocke, or Jefferson County ID or recent pay stub from a Sevier County business and valid ID. For more information call 865-436-5423.

The Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is located in Downtown Sevierville and us the only health care ministry in Sevier County that exclusively treats the medically uninsured.  Since the population of Sevier County is largely based on tourism and many jobs are seasonal in nature many citizens are without medical insurance. Mountain Hope was founded to provide a medical home to those in need of care. The clinic provides primary medical care, limited dental care, and helps patients apply for pharmaceutical assistance. They also make referrals to outside medical specialists for conditions that cannot be treated on site.