Business Buzz: 12/7/22

December 7, 2022


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville was named a Top General Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced earlier this week, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for healthcare safety and quality. The Leapfrog Group considered more than 2,200 hospitals for the award. Among those, AdventHealth Hendersonville received a Top General distinction. A total of 115 top hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals. Read more.


  • Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre presents A Southern Appalachian Christmas – showing December 8-18, 2022 and is set right here in WNC! Sara hasn’t been home for Christmas since she moved to New York six years ago. Now, for the first time in years, Sara is back in her hometown, celebrating with the family and friends she left behind. Tickets are available now at
  • On Friday, December 9 at 3 p.m., Warren Haynes will join Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers, supporters, and future homeowner Melissa Mitchell and her daughters to raise the first wall of their new home, the 2023 Christmas Jam House. This house is special for another reason too; it is a 20-year Habitat staffer and Senior Construction Supervisor Kenny Busch’s 100th Asheville Habitat house! The media is invited to attend. To date, the annual Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam has raised more than $2.7 million for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, constructing 40+ Habitat homes and helping to pay infrastructure and development costs of entire Habitat neighborhoods.
  • There will be a Community Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, December 17 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Arthur R. Edington Center. Admission is free. There will be a holiday market, kids crafts, free food, coffee and hot chocolate, a book giveaway and more! Learn more.
  • Rye Knot is hosting a watch party of the Army vs. Navy football game this Saturday. Doors open at 2 pm! Learn more.


  • Givens Communities has announced that Brian Guengerich will become the vice president of philanthropy for the nonprofit organization. CEO Kevin Schwab said having Guengerich as vice president of philanthropy will better connect contributors to the causes they support, as well as build a better public awareness across the region and beyond about the great work being done, and the difference individuals make. An Asheville native, Guengerich said his goal is to create a clear and compelling vision for philanthropy, to honor history and build a bridge to the future for aging. Guengerich will be working alongside Mark Bailey, who has been director of development with Givens Communities for 34 years.


  • Anti-Abuse and Anti-Trafficking, LOHI, proudly announces its fundraising campaign on Instagram to raise funds for its Cambodian Career Development and Stateside Kid’s Safety Parties to fight abuse. The Career Development Program was announced three months ago and has generated a lot of interest as veteran graduates of the LOHI dormitory eagerly continue to be mentored to complete Master Degrees in Social Work or start businesses with local leaders and abroad through LOHI. Stateside, LOHI announced 2 years ago the expansion of Safety Parties to assist with community networking, education, and empowerment of body safety and elevating those in high risk neighborhoods. For more information, visit