FESTIVAL OF HOPE RAISES MORE THAN $87,000 FOR HEART DISEASE, CANCER AND DIABETES Festival of Hope raises more than $87,000 The 10th annual Festival of Hope has raised more than $87,000 for area patients with heart disease, cancer and diabetes

FESTIVAL OF HOPE RAISES MORE THAN $87,000
FOR HEART DISEASE, CANCER AND DIABETES
Festival of Hope raises more than $87,000

The 10th annual Festival of Hope has raised more than $87,000 for area patients with heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
amp”There’s No Place Like Hope” was the theme for this year’s event presented by Project Hope and North Mississippi Medical Center on Feb. 27.
Avonlea Assisted Living Center raised $4,829 to win the corporate category. North Mississippi Medical Center’s Facts and Figures Team was the winning hospital team, raising $13,000. Hatley Beta Club took first place in the community category by raising $1,500. Mabel Murphree won the individual fundraising honor by raising $7,900.
For the second year in a row, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department beat the Tupelo Fire Department in the Battle of the Badge lip sync contest.
The NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center Team won Best Decorated Team Site, followed by the Renasant Bank Team in second place and Avonlea in third.
The NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center Tea! m won first place in the Team Talent Contest; the NMMC Food and Nutrition Team won second, and the NMMC Heart Institute Team placed third.
In the Birthday Cake Contest, the NMMC Facts and Figures Team placed first, followed by the NMMC Human Resources Team in second place and the NMMC Radiation Oncology Team in third.
Mabel Murphree served as honorary chairperson for this year’s event. Jane Pickett was honored with Project Hope’s annual Special Angel award. Outback Steakhouse donated the evening meal, with all proceeds benefiting Project Hope.
For more information about Festival of Hope, call 377-3867 or 377-4143, or visit www.projecthopems.com.
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John Heer, president and chief executive officer of North Mississippi Health Services, a presenting sponsor for all 10 years of Festival of Hope, congratulates Jane Pickett of NMMC’s Facts and Figures Team upon being selected as the Special Angel for 2009. The award recognizes an individual each year who has shown extraordinary support for Project Hope and its causes. In addition, Pickett’s team raised $13,000 to win top hospital honors at this year’s festival.
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Tracie Ramey of NMMC’s Patient Focused Improvement Team enjoyed Festival of Hope as Glenda the Good Witch along with her Munchkin daughter Aubrey, 3.
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Ruthy Goree, Judy Crump, Carla Weeden and Kritala Mabry of NMMC’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Team won Festival of Hope’s talent contest with their rendition of “Ease on Down the Road.”
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Rosalyn Campbell, Charlotte Pratt and Gloria Fields were three of the NMMC Human Resources Team’s flying monkeys. The Human Resources Team won second place in the birthday cake contest.

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Tin Man George Hand and NMMC’s Heart Institute Team won third place in the talent contest.
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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office defended its Battle of the Badge title with a rousing lip sync gospel medley.

Bobby Pepper