Drums & Dragons Goes Virtual for 2020!

Be The Change That Our Community Needs to Paddle Forward!


63 supporters

$15,000 goal

Team Member

MountainCare, Inc


by 27 supporters

$10,000 goal


MountainCare, Inc. is a small nonprofit in Western North Carolina serving almost every audience in our region, from children to seniors and families to individuals, across all income levels. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay for services.

MountainCare was formed in February 2019 when HCA purchased Mission Hospital. Five independent entities within the Mission network joined to create one stand-alone agency, including Adult Day Services, Grief Support, Music Therapy, Rathbun House, and the Seating & Wheeled Mobility Clinic. Though our organization is new, our programs are not. We are committed to maintaining critical, nonprofit services that have existed for decades within our community.

MountainCare’s team members have been participating in Drums and Dragons since it’s beginning. We consider it our biggest fundraising opportunity each year, and a chance for our team to show the community how much we love what we do through a friendly competition.


  • Adults with dementia and neurocognitive impairments in need of specialized care
  • Individuals with CP, SCI, MS, ALS, and other conditions requiring use of a wheelchair
  • Children and adults grieving the death of a loved one
  • Hospice patients benefitting from music therapy experiences for symptom management
  • Families who need a place to stay when their loved one is hospitalized, often unexpectedly


  • Almost 4,000 individuals and over 2,000 families a year
  • Neighbors in 98 zip codes across the region
  • Clients from infants to 105 years young
  • The only Adult Day Program in Henderson and Transylvania counties
  • The only hospitality house in the region
  • Western North Carolina’s leading physical therapist providing complex seating and wheelchairs


“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for this program and especially these people.” - anonymous

“I care about everyone [at MountainCare] and I know they care about me. I know everyone who works there appreciates us. I feel it. I really feel it. There’s no better place. I could go on and on, but just to say: I’ve had the best care that I’ve ever had in my life. . . It’s a wonderful place to go to and feel important.” - Laddie, Adult Day Participant

“[MountainCare is] my lifeline. My mom loves going each day. Without them her quality-of-life would decline dramatically.” - anonymous

“The staff is truly amazing. Loving people who love their work.” – anonymous

“Grief support has been instrumental in my ability to process my loss and grief and to move forward in my life.” – anonymous

“I found [my grief counselor] to be very easy to talk to and able to help me see things in a clearer way.” - anonymous

"The new MountainCare Seating and Wheeled Mobility clinic is an extreme value to our community! It is important that people who depend on mobility equipment and specialized seating have a resource they can turn to that is knowledgeable of everyone’s specific needs... while making sure the equipment provided is fitted properly. This is essential in preventing health issues such as pressure ulcers and problems with chronic pain. Having a local resource ... goes a long way towards helping us maintain the highest quality of life.

I know this first hand. I am a 26-year-old woman with cerebral palsy who has been seeing Barbara at the seating clinic since the age of one when she helped my parents obtain an adaptive stroller ... A year later, Barbara helped teach me how to drive a power chair and, with many hours of practice and patience, I became one of the youngest kids in North Carolina to receive insurance approval for a power wheelchair at the age of three. I have seen Barbara for a new power chair every 5 years ever since then with countless adjustments to my custom seating in between." - Suzanna Hare

Previous guests at Rathbun House have said the following:

"Comfort was written over everything here"

"Thankful for the sanctuary of this lovely place"

"This House just hugs you when you enter"

"The House is a night light when you're in darkness"

"The hospitality and beauty of the House is amazing"

"Everything was amazing, so helpful during this taxing time"



MountainCare, Inc


27 supporters

WNC Bridge Foundation


9 supporters

Irene Wortham Center, Inc.


9 supporters



5 supporters

Blue Ridge Health


2 supporters

St. Gerard House


3 supporters

Community Table


1 supporter


Created By

WNC Bridge Foundation

EIN: 56-2110357



This year, due to the ongoing pandemic we've had to temporarily hang-up our paddles and move to a virtual format. Our goal is to keep the virtual event health-driven and engaging while upholding the camaraderie-based, team-building nature of the event in our fundraising efforts.



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Virtual Drums & Dragons Month-Long Calendar of Events

Week 1 (9/21-9/27)

Congratulations to Bob Jackson, Elizabeth Williams, Nathan Johnson & Deb Curley-Dempsey ('cuz we simply couldn't pick only 3) for being chosen as the winners of Week # 1's Challenge "Stay Healthy, Stay Active."

Bob has run in three virtual Marathons since the pandemic began...and he runs to and from work each day!!! Deb has been chasing her toddler, has him helping tend her garden, and is ultimately spending as much time as possible out in the natural world to remain healthy & grounded. Elizabeth has Bodie and Molly to keep her outdoors...in rain or shine. And Nathan just biked up to Point Lookout! Way to stay healthy and active, friends!


Theme: Stay Healthy, Stay Active

Challenge: Show us what you've been doing to stay active and healthy throughout the pandemic. We want to see your photos, videos, or even a sentence or two on your methods. Meditation, gardening, cycling, running, boating, walking...even housekeeping and child-rearing count! ;-)

Email: [email protected] by no later than 9/26/20 and we will select the top 3 choices to share on next week's page. Winners will be entered into a prize drawing.

Penny Sanburn of Dynamic Dragon Boat Co. demonstrates all things Dragon Boat Racing in a video she recorded EXCLUSIVELY FOR our 2020 Virtual Drums & Dragons Event! She will demonstrate paddling techniques that can be used for all types of boats, including kayaks, canoes, and of course...dragon boats! She also shares insight on how best to cope during the pandemic, information on the sport and the incredible work these important fundraisers are doing around the country, and much more! There's also a surprise guest who shows up around minute 19...but you have to watch it to catch it! Enjoy!

Week 2  (9/28-10/4)

Congratulations to Kris Bryant for winning last week's "Pay it Forward" wellness challenge! 

"COVID has closed Physical Therapy access for many seniors. They also don't get outside much. So, I took this dear lady along when I went to see my horse and made sure she got some good fun exercise to replace her physical therapy." - Kris



Theme: Pay it Forward

Challenge: Do something positive for a person or place in your community. Offer to cook a meal for a single parent. Share items from your garden with your neighbors, walk an injured or ill friend's dog, pick up trash on the roadside, at a park, or at your favorite hiking spot.

Email your photos, videos, or thoughts to [email protected] by no later than 10/3/20 and we will select the top 3 choices to share on next week's page. Winners will be entered into a prize drawing.

Week 3 (10/5-10/11)


Theme: Nature Is the Best Medicine

Challenge: Spend time outdoors with your family & friends. Pitch a tent. Kayak, canoe, or just go for a swim. Hike somewhere new. Take time to stop and smell the flowers. Then share with us your methods for winding down during this difficult time.

Congratulations to our Week #3 Winners: Troop  603 from Hendersonville who hiked 15+ miles  in Pisgah National Forest, exemplifying that "Nature is the Best Medicine!"


Theme: Be the Change Our Community Needs to Paddle Forward!

Ultimate Fundraising Push!!!  

Congratulations to our 2020 Top Fundraising Nonprofit Team: MountainCare!

2020 Best Dressed Drummer: Nathan Johnson of Irene's Argonauts!


Best Dragon Costume or Prop: MountainCare


The organizations that participate in Drums & Dragons and the services they provide are as unique as the event itself.  

Funds raised during this year's Drums & Dragons will allow Blue Ridge Health to greatly improve medical treatment options for low-income families, help The Community Table prevent families in Jackson County from going to bed hungry, and allow developmentally challenged adults to thrive with the help of caring Staff of the Irene Wortham Center. Your generosity will also help St. Gerard House improve their capacity to serve children with autism, allow caregivers respite while their family members attend MountainCare's Adult Day services, and provide low-cost temporary housing at the Rathbun House, the only Hospitality House in the region, for non-Buncombe area residents whose families are undergoing medical treatment in nearby hospitals.

 We can't do any of this without your help! Please give what you can and share the tremendous needs of these nonprofits with others. We wholeheartedly thank you all for your support!


A very warm thanks to this year's Platinum Dragon Sponsor, Vannoy Construction!

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