By Paula Walter
The Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation held its Taste of the Mountains on Friday, June 17th. The event was held this year at Villa Nove Vineyards in Butler under clear skies and expansive views of the mountains as far as the eye could see.
“The foundation is to be commended for selecting the lovely venue for the 4th annual Taste of the Mountains event,” said Courtney Greene, chair of this year’s event. “The Gays are gracious hard working hosts who opened their home, their hearts and vineyards to the people of Johnson County. It was my pleasure to serve as the 2016 chairperson.”
This year, the committee members of the foundation board decided proceeds from the Taste of the Mountains and its upcoming Surviving the Snake bike ride will go towards providing cardiac monitoring equipment for those with heart disease. Once purchased, this will finalize both the remodeling and expansion of the rehabilitation department at Johnson County Community Hospital.
Over the past years, the foundation, along with the assistance of many Johnson Countians, have helped raise funds for a pediatric emergency room, a chapel for a moment of solace and prayer, a newborn incubator, a digital mammography unit and waiting area and a nuclear medicine stress test machine. The funds for the physical therapy remodel and equipment are complete and the project starts next month.
An endeavor of this magnitude could not be complete without an army of volunteers, the hospitality of Linda and Wayne Gay and the delicious meal courtesy of The Tributary, desserts from Suba’s, flowers from ShayBrey and hours upon hours of planning and preparation. Blue Country provided the music and there were times familiar faces from around the county were spotted dancing throughout the festive evening.
Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey worked the crowd into a few bidding wars as he began the live auction, helping the foundation to achieve its goals. Additionally, there were many choices of items that had been donated in the silent auction. With Ramsey’s assistance, the Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation netted approximately $15,000.