When local folks had fun at Ober Gatlinburg earlier this summer, it was good for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.
The resort offered Sevier County Days to local residents and employees, who enjoyed the attraction and sampled what it had to offer while paying a discounted rate. Ober Gatlinburg and its owners, the Anders family, have generously donated the proceeds of this year’s Sevier County Days to the Clinic by presenting a check for $9,701.
“We appreciate the generosity of Ober Gatlinburg and the Anders family,” said Ashley Burnette, the Clinic’s director of fund development. “This is a shining example of how local businesses can support us by raising funds.” Mountain Hope provides medical and dental care to people with no health insurance, many of whom work at local tourism businesses. In return, the business community has been generous with its support of the Clinic.
The Clinic charges patients much less than it costs to provide their care, and must raise the difference through grants, donations and fundraisers. “Local businesses are an important source of support for us,” Burnette said. “Not only do they raise cash for us, they also donate goods and services when appropriate. We are grateful to Ober and all our other business supporters.”