Barbee named as treasurer for HHF

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Barbee named as treasurer for HHF By Travis Tallent When the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina was established back in 2005, there wasn’t a whole lot money flowing to the organization. The mission back then and still today, is to obtain funds for the construction and endowment of an inpatient facility for the western counties of NC.
The future Hospice House will be located on Maple Street in Franklin and will provide medical and nursing care for individuals during their final days. Aside from medical professionals, there will be chaplains, social workers, and volunteers on site to assist patients and their families during the difficult times they are facing. In order to achieve this goal, the HHF must raise $4.3 million to accommodate construction costs to the existing home and faculty. Of that initial amount, about half of that has been raised so far.

“We had a treasurer that was an accountant, but with Mr. Barbee’s background running non-profits in Broward County, Fla and his accounting and CPA background, he was a perfect fit for our foundation,” said HHF board member John Baldwin.

When Barbee, Certified Public Accountant, joined the Board of Directors he offered to help the organization. Barbee hails from Rochester, New York and lived in Atlanta, Ga for a 19 years before heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla, followed by Vero Beach and then ended up in Franklin. He has been a CPA since 1985 and opened a CPA firm here in Franklin in December of 2013.

“I served as a board member and treasurer of Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County from ’74 to ’04 and wanted to continue to assist a cause here in Macon County,” Barbee said of the non-compensated treasurer position that he began in 2013.

As donations and grants continue to flow in, Barbee’s expertise will be well appreciated says HHF president, Michele Alderson. “I think we can say that we are delighted to welcome John to the Foundation board,” she said. “He brings years of experience in accounting and fund raising.”  

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