The Madison Hornbuckle Foundation has been very fortunate and has greatly benefitted from the generosity of many individuals over the past few months.
Principal Chief Michell Hicks and Vice-Chief Larry Blythe decided to hold the first-ever EBCI Inaugural Ball to celebrate the historic third term re-election of Principal Chief and Vice-Chief. Profits from this Ball were directed to the Madison Hornbuckle Foundation, which totaled over $25,000. Nineteen companies purchased corporate tables, which raised $20,000. Additionally, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel presented Chief Hicks and Vice-Chief Blythe with a check for $10,000 to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Foundation.
“I am honored to be in the position to assist the Madison Hornbuckle Foundation,” said Chief Hicks. “This Foundation meets an important need in our community and in the lives of families struggling with this terrible disease. It is disheartening to hear the stories from these families about their struggles, both emotionally and financially, and this Foundation eases that burden, if only slightly.”
In addition to the Inaugural Ball the Madison Hornbuckle Foundation benefited from the second Annual Chief’s Challenge. The Chief’s Challenge, which is organized by Cherokee Choices, encourages physical fitness among our enrolled members in a fun and exciting race through downtown Cherokee.
This year’s Chief’s Challenge was a registered mile, starting at the Cherokee Bear Zoo and ending at the Cherokee Ceremonial Grounds prior to the Cherokee Fall Festival Parade. Proceeds from this race raised $500 to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Foundation. The Foundation would like to thank Cherokee Choices for their hard work in planning and executing this event.
Finally, the Madison Hornbuckle Foundation board members and Madison’s family members have been selling Madison Hornbuckle t-shirts to benefit the Foundation.
Corky Swayney can be contacted at (828) 788-3751 if you would like to purchase a t-shirt, short-sleeved shirts are available for $10 each and long-sleeved shirts are available for $15 each.
The Madison Hornbuckle Foundation is a non-profit organization under the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that offers financial assistance to families that have children with cancer. The Foundation was established June 2010 in honor of Madison Hornbuckle who lost her young life as a result of cancer. Madison saw the devastation brought about on families that have children with cancer and wanted to find a way to improve their lives. This Foundation is working towards that goal in Madison’s honor.
Foundation Chairman Corky Swayney says, “I would to thank the many individuals for all their hard work in raising money to benefit the Foundation. We work with these local families to help them in their time of need, and we appreciate all the assistance we can get in making their lives a little easier during this difficult time.”
– Madison Hornbuckle Foundation