Standing with a Jayco pop up camper that is being raffled to benefit TCMH Hospice of Care are, from left: Bill Bridges, TCMH emergency medical services director; Courtney Owens, TCMH Hospice of Care director; Melanie Evans, TCMH Hospice of Care nurse; Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer; Matt Bowers, Wehr Motors; Jay Loveland, Wehr Motors general manager; and Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director.

The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation recently received a Jayco Series Sport 10 pop up camper to raffle for a fund that benefits area Hospice of Care patients.

The camper, made available through a partnership with Wehr Motors in Mountain Grove, will be awarded to a winner at the annual Chili Cook Off in November. The pop up camper has a $7,500 value. Wehr Motors’ donation covered much of the camper’s cost. Tickets are raffled for $10 each or $50 for six tickets.

The camper pops up to feature a queen bed on one end and a full bed on the other end. Between the beds and the cargo deck the camper will sleep five to six. The sectionalized tents on the camper have a five-year warranty against mildew, cracks, mold and scratches.

The cargo deck has a kitchen with a propane top that can be used inside or carried outside. The kitchen has a dinette area and a refrigerator.

An awning can be pulled out and anchored on one side of the camper. The camper can hold 10 gallons of potable water. The camper comes with a lifetime warranty that covers the lifter system, the bed platforms, the roof, the frame and the floor.

“We thought the camper would be something different and also very family friendly to raffle this year,” said Courtney Owens, Hospice of Care director.

Owens said the camper is currently parked at TCMH if anyone wants to see it.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation and Hospice of Care have a fundraising goal of $55,000 for the 2014 Chili Cook Off. Proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will go toward overall fundraising for the event.

Funds from the Healthcare Foundation’s Hospice Fund and the annual Chili Cook Off are utilized to provide end of life care for patients and their families regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for the service.

“Our hospice funds are used locally to benefit the patients we serve within a 40-mile radius of TCMH,” Owens said.

Raffle tickets for the camper are available through the Hospice of Care office located in the TCMH Office Annex and any of the 14 teams that are participating in this year’s cook off. Space is still available for two five-person cook off teams, according to Owens.

For additional information about raffle tickets contact Hospice of Care at 417-967-1279.

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