History

1984

The Foundation began as the idea of Ed Terry, Dr. Ebby Edwards and Judge Hewitt Tomlin in a conversation on Pine Tree Drive.

March 13, 1985

The name given the Foundation was the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Foundation.

April 19, 1990

The Tree of Life was dedicated in the lobby of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

May 1991

The first $1 Million Hole-In-One Shootout was held.

July 29, 1993

Camp Bluebird began.

April 15, 1996

The name was changed to the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation with five community chapters.

March 12, 1999

The first Storm Aid Concert was held with the Oak Ridge Boys performing. $100,000 was raised and presented to the Chamber of Commerce for the rebuilding of homes in South Jackson.

March 2, 2000

Barbara Bush spoke on behalf of the Foundation at the Civic Center. Her appearance was on Super Tuesday when her son, George W. Bush, won enough delegates to become the Republican nominee for president.

April 16, 2001

Paul Harvey spoke on behalf of the Foundation at the Civic Center.

April 29, 2002

Max Lucado spoke on behalf of the Foundation in the Civic Center. He also met with cancer patients in Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

August 12, 2003

Storm Aid was held at the Jackson Generals Ball Park to rebuild homes from the tornado that struck Downtown Jackson and East Jackson. More than $550,000 was raised with a record crowd of more than 7,200 in attendance.

April 2004

The Foundation began the "Teacher of the Year" awards.

December 7, 2004

A fundraiser for Dianne Odell took place at Fairgrounds park with Gary Morris in attendance.

December 2005

Ayers Children's Medical Center was established with a charitable commitment from Jim Ayers.

July 2007

LeRoy Neiman painted "The General" for the Foundation which depicts the city of Jackson's namesake, Andrew Jackson on horseback. The original is on display in the West Tennessee Arts Center in Humboldt

April 17, 2007

The Foundation celebrated a record $10 million in assets.

August 24, 2012

Groundbreaking for the Kirkland Cancer Center took place.

July 2013

The Foundation exceeds $25 million in assets.

July 15, 2014

The Foundation begins its 30th year and announces a new media campaign and rebranding that includes a new logo.

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