Smyth County Community Hospital | News Article

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

HealthTrust’s Riverboat Casino Gala raises $51,000 to benefit Smyth County youth through summertime wellness camp

Nearly 200 gala attendees enjoyed dinner and cocktails, classic casino games like bingo, roulette and blackjack, and a silent auction during the event at Holston Hills Community Golf Course.


MARION, Va. – The Smyth County Hospital HealthTrust went with a riverboat casino theme for its seventh annual fundraising gala last month, and the gamble paid off. The event at Holston Hills Community Golf Course grossed $51,000 to help create a summertime wellness camp for local fourth- and fifth-graders.

The HealthTrust is Smyth County Community Hospital’s nonprofit foundation and raises money for community needs. The wellness camp will teach students about the lifelong benefits of good nutrition, exercise and healthy habits.

“The HealthTrust is working in concert with several community organizations to help fourth- and fifth-graders develop a healthier living style through activity and nutrition,” said Gary Peacock, chairman of the HealthTrust. “We hope to provide a foundation for the children that they will continue after camp. We will encourage them to be an example to other students, family members and friends.”

The HealthTrust is partnering with the hospital, the Smyth County school system, the Lifetime Wellness Center, the Hungry Mother Lutheran Camp and Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences to develop the program for the camp, which will try to reinforce the curriculum during the summer that the school system taught the previous school year. Activities will include hiking, swimming, biking, fishing and a “mudder” run, and a focus will be put on teaching students about growing and preparing food and developing healthy eating habits.

More details about the camp will be released soon.

Nearly 200 gala attendees enjoyed dinner and cocktails, classic casino games like bingo, roulette and blackjack, and a silent auction featuring a week at The Grand Mayan Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico; a week at Blue Ridge Village in Banner Elk, North Carolina; and various other prize packages.

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“The gala was a great success and we want to give a big thanks to the HealthTrust and to everyone who volunteered or attended,” said James Tyler, vice-president/chief executive officer of Smyth County Community Hospital. “Our mission is to improve the health of the people in our region, and that’s not restricted to just treating patients at our hospital. It also means community outreach and helping people develop healthier lifestyles. This summer wellness camp will be a great way to reach young students and teach them at an early age how to be healthy.”

For more information about the Smyth County Hospital HealthTrust, visit