Get Breaking News

Enter your email address to sign up.

Receive special offers from
Originally published: 2012-08-16 11:48:49
Last modified: 2012-08-16 11:48:49

HCWF holds ‘Croquet for a Cause’ fundraiser

Jamie Shell / (

Representatives and supporters of High Country Women’s Fund spent an afternoon on the lawn at Linville Resorts to benefit a worthy charity during HCWF’s “Croquet for a Cause” fundraising effort on Sunday, Aug. 12.

The event raised a gross amount of $8,409. 

A number of individuals walked away from “Croquet for a Cause” with prizes and bragging rights. Mary Painter and Barbara Hall won the tournament, while the team of John Alexander and Jill York finished as runners-up during the 12-team competition. A total of 43 people participated at the event.

Entertaining the group at the event was The Allman Family Band from Winston-Salem, while Honorary Event Chair Chessie McRae Crosby served as costume judge. Crosby was instrumental in bringing croquet to the Linville area, contributing to Avery County boasting more croquet courts per capita than any community in the United States.

Crosby’s eye for fashion awarded best costume prizes in the following categories: Best Female: Edwina Jackson; Best Male: Bill Selsor; Best Couple: John Alexander and Jill York.

HCWF awarded special recognitions to a pair of deserving individuals, as Bill Hartmann and Ralph Norman were honored for their volunteer efforts in managing game play. Linda Norman and Margaret Hayden were also honored for their leadership and commitment to the organization.

A highlight of the day was the raffle of a $700 engraved croquet set donated by a pair of couples, Linda and Ralph Norman and John and Roberta Taylor. Tricia Wilson emerged as the victor of the raffle.Money raised will go to various agencies that apply to HCWF for grant funding.