|Posted by secretofgiving on June 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM||comments (1)|
Reba McEntire was in Denison, Texas, this past weekend to break ground on a new Reba's Ranch House. The house will be built near the new Texoma Medical Center, which is currently under construction.
Reba says the new house will continue to provide a comfortable place for families to stay while their loved ones are being treated at the medical center nearby.
"It's going to be a beautiful facility where people can come and stay all night in the comfort of a nice home," Reba told KXII-TV. "Instead of having to stay in the sometimes crowded waiting rooms they can go down and stay at the Reba Ranch House in comfort, and that means a lot to me and my family."
Reba says she often hears back from the families who have stayed at the Ranch House.
"They write back and say how important it was and how rested they felt and how much more support they could give to their family members by getting a good night's sleep," she says.
The existing Reba's Ranch House has welcomed more than 24,000 visitors since 1992. Reba donated five years of proceeds from Memorial Day concerts to help fund construction of the original Ranch House.
|Posted by secretofgiving on February 23, 2010 at 8:56 AM||comments (1)|
Thanks for your support Got Country:)
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|Posted by secretofgiving on June 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
I recently got a chance to meet with Mrs. Reba McEntire and talk with her for a few minutes. I also told her about the Secret of Giving, so for us out there who are helping with the SOG and trying to raise money, I wanted to tell yall what she said. I told Reba that I didn't know if she had heard about it or not but that I thought someone from Reba Ranch House might have sent her something about the Secret of Giving. Reba said that yeah, she has heard about it from a few people and I told her that it was to honor her while raising money for the Ranch House all from her fans and we all have worked very hard on it. Reba said "Well say thanks for me, and that I really appreciate it! I know it must be hard work and I'm sure the people over at the Ranch House appreciate it too. Yeah, tell em' thanks a lot for me" She seemed really happy and was all smiles while I was telling her!
|Posted by secretofgiving on May 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM||comments (1)|
Reba McEntire was in town Saturday for the groundbreaking of "Reba's Ranch House" at the new Texoma Medical Center. Deeda Payton caught up with the local superstar at the event.
The Reba's Ranch House has been a home away from home for families of critically-ill patients for nearly 20 years. Now, the new facility is expected to be even bigger and better.
The original ranch house was built in 1992, with proceeds from five years of Memorial Day concerts by local superstar Reba McEntire.
Reba was born in Chockie, OK, which is approximately an hour away from Denison, and says she understands the need for a place like the ranch house.
"My family has been a part of the Texoma Medical Center for years, coming down here, getting medical help," says McEntire. "So, we understand what it's like to have to sit in a waiting room or wonder where you are going to sleep. So, that's why the Reba's Ranch House is so important to us, so people do have a place to go when they have friends and family in the hospital."
More than 24,000 people have found the comforts of home at the ranch house during their time of need. Guests may stay at the there for a minimal cost of $15 per night, or free, depending on the person's ability to pay.
And Saturday, the Texoma Health Foundation announced it's donating $2.4 million to continue the dream.
Denison Mayor, Robert Brady, says Reba's compassion and generosity makes her a role model.
"You are a blessing and an inspiration to all of us, and you represent all that is good about our country," says Brady.
But, in Reba's eyes, the people of Texoma are the true heroes.
"I love this area because you do still get up and say prayers," says Reba. "You do say 'I pledge allegiance to the flag,' and you still honor your service men and women. Why wouldn't you want to be a part of this community? Thank ya'll for having me."
Saturday's groundbreaking was the first stop in Texoma for the country singer. On Memorial Day, she is performing a benefit concert for Reba's Ranch House at Choctaw Casino.
- Deeda Payton, KTEN News.
|Posted by secretofgiving on May 7, 2009 at 10:03 AM||comments (0)|
May 6, 2009 by Edward Southerland
Ever since Texoma Medical Center announced plans to become a private, for-profit operation and build a new hospital at US 75 and FM 691, people all over North Texas and Southern Oklahoma have wondered what would become of Reba?s Ranch House. Since 1992, the Ranch House, named for and strongly supported by Country Music star Reba McEntire, has been a welcoming haven for families from outside the immediate Denison-Sherman area with loved ones in the hospital. The facility was started with the proceeds from five years of Memorial Day benefit concerts performed by McEntire. In seventeen years, more than 24,600 guests have stayed at the Ranch House and within its walls have found solace and support in personally trying times.
McEntire began her association with Texoma Medical Center as a patient after a near fatal tour bus accident.
Commitment Initially Unclear
The story in the Summer 2008 issue of Texoma Living!, which offered the public the first glimpse at the plans and proposed development around the new TMC, suggested that a new Ranch House probably would be built near the hospital, but the ?probably? aspect of the project continued to loom large in the minds of many on both sides of the Red River.
Recently, the Texoma Health Foundation, the organization now responsible for the project announced that, yes indeed, a new Reba?s Ranch House will be built on a tract of land donated by Tom and Peggy Johnson located adjacent to the new hospital. Texoma Living! talked with Michelle Lemming, president and CEO of THF about the plans for the Ranch House and THF.
?The Texoma Health Foundation is an outgrowth of the sale of TMC in 2007. The Foundation transitioned from a ?supporting foundation? created to raise funds in support of TMC, to a ?community public foundation? with a mission to improve the health of residents in THF?s service area, regardless of provider.,? said Lemming. It is a much broader scope and also includes grant-giving to other non-profits; all of which are new to the Foundation.
In addition, the Reba?s Ranch House was one of the assets received by THF in the sale. As a result, the new House will make a similar transition by expanding services historically supporting only TMC, to a hospitality house available to families of patients in any hospital in THF?s four-county service area. The broadening of services will result in a need for processes and increased communication with new partners.
$2.4 Million Dedicated to Ranch House Project
As with all programs received by THF, the Board took this new obligation seriously. With the responsibility for the property came questions. What resources is it going to take to manage the House indefinitely? Are the services the best use of funds and a priority need in the four counties (Grayson and Fannin in Texas, Bryan and Marshall in Oklahoma)? Is Reba still going to be involved? How much funding will be needed for construction and ongoing management of the House? Will there be funds for the new facility?
The THF devoted almost a year to answering these question to assure the success of the project. In October of 2008, THF concluded that the new House would, in fact, be built and agreed to allocate $2.4 million in new funds in order to make the project a reality.
Where It All Began
In 1985 Dr. Darrius Maggi, asked the singer to come to Denison and to help raise money for TMC. Reba agreed. After a few years, Reba was told of family members sleeping in hallways and waiting rooms in TMC with no place to stay. After more concerts and more fundraising made possible through numerous volunteers and local donors, the Ranch House opened in 1992.
?Through the years, the concerts benefited other projects as well,? said Lemming. ?There was fundraising to establish Reba?s Mobile Mammography Unit and Reba?s Rehab. Both programs are still supported by, and remained with TMC following the sale.?
Through all these changes, Reba could have easily made the decision to step away from the project and the new Foundation. But instead, the consistent message was how deeply Reba truly cared for people in the area and her connection to the first program developed through benefit concerts.
As a result, THF will break ground for the new Ranch House on May 23, with Reba turning over the first spade of earth. Lemming said that in addition, the THF Board created a voting seat on the Foundation. Her COO represents her on the board and has flown in for every meeting. He is a tremendous asset to THF and the connection allows Reba to be aware of and have input in all of THF projects, including the House,? said Lemming.
After the groundbreaking, THF will host a sponsor reception and on Sunday, May 25, will host the traditional Reba?s Charity Golf Classic at the Denison Country Club. Both events will support the capital campaign for the House.
The new Ranch House, revealed here for the first time, was designed by the Dallas based architect firm HKS at no charge to the Foundation. The design for the House includes twelve guest rooms with private baths, four more than the current facility, a kitchen, library, and courtyard garden. The kitchen offers space to prepare meals and serve meals provided by area churches. The facility will also house the offices of the Health Foundation. The Ranch House is scheduled to open in early spring of 2010.
Lemming said that THF is looking for additional donations and has set a goal of $1.5 million in donations of construction materials and furnishings for the new House; in addition to a monetary goal of $850,000, of which $198,497 has been raised through the 2007 and 2008 Memorial Day events.
The House would not be here without Reba, along with a long history of support of donors and volunteers. The legacy of the Reba?s Ranch House is a consistent focus and extremely important to THF. The Foundation is honored to be in a position to help continue the dream.
|Posted by secretofgiving on April 20, 2009 at 11:57 AM||comments (1)|
Friday was a huge day for the Secret of Giving. We have had another milestone happen. Late Friday evening I recieved news that come Monday morning all radio stations syndicated with CMT will recieve news about what the fans are doing to honor Reba through Reba's Ranch House.
WAY TO GO FANS!!!!
|Posted by secretofgiving on March 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by secretofgiving on February 25, 2009 at 12:41 PM||comments (0)|
I just wanted to let everyone know. We will be holding more auctions soon!! Here are some of what you will have the opportunity to bid on.
Signed photos giving to us by:
Lee Ann Womack, Charlie Daniels, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Jack Ingram and the Oak Ridge Boys also from the Oak Ridge Boys we have their NEW CD and book signed by all.
Newly added signed Reba show photo by Steve Howey, and home addition game of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"( that Melissa Peterman signed along with Jeff Foxworthy this is the game she practiced with for the show:) she also sent us 2 signed photos.