Mega Motorsports, of West Plains, donated a portion of the 2017 Kawasaki UTV to the TCMH Healthcare Foundation to benefit TCMH Hospice of Care. Making the donation from Mega Motorsports were, from left, John Wells, Kelley Wake and Brandon Creech to Jay Gentry, Healthcare Foundation director.

The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation has received a 2017 Kawasaki Mule SX 4X4 utility vehicle to raffle for the Hospice of Care fund, which benefits area Hospice of Care patients.

The UTV will be awarded to a winner Nov. 5 at the TCMH Healthcare Foundation’s annual Chili Cook Off. It also benefits Hospice of Care.

“We always have a large item with raffle tickets for our teams to use to raise funds for their team, and this year we partnered with Mega Motorsports in West Plains for the utility vehicle,” said Jay Gentry, Healthcare Foundation director.

The UTV has an $8,600 value. Mega Motorsports’ donation covered much of the four-wheeler’s cost. Tickets are raffled for $10 each or $50 for six tickets.

The UTV features a fourstroke, automatic transmission with four-wheel drive capability. The UV towing capacity is 1,100 pounds, and the cargo bed will hold up to 400 pounds. It can be viewed in front of TCMH.

“We have raffled a side-by-side UTV at previous events, so we know it’s something that interests people,” Gentry said.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation and Hospice of Care have a fundraising goal of $45,000 for the 2016 Chili Cook Off.

Proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will go toward overall fundraising for the event.

Funds from the TMCH 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,” said Courtney Owens, TCMH Hospice of Care director.

In the past year, funds raised through the cook off were used to pay for medications for patients that did not have any insurance. Funds were also used to purchase materials and to provide bereavement services through Hospice of Care.

“The funds raised for Hospice of Care by the Chili Cook Off help us meet needs of area patients and family members that we might not be able to help otherwise,” Owens said.

Raffle tickets for the UV are available through the Hospice of Care office in the TCMH Office Annex, the front registration desk at TCMH, the Auxiliary Gift Shop and any of the 13 teams that are participating in this year’s cook off.

Space is still available for additional cook off teams, Owens said. For additional information about raffle tickets or entering as a 2016 Chili Cook Off Team, contact Hospice of Care at 417-967-1279.

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