West River Health Services Foundation, RZ Motors, Inc., combine for fun fundraiser

When you put your minds together, great things can be accomplished.

Ted Uecker (Center) opens the door for two participants during the ‘Ride for The Rooms’ campaign event in the West River Health Services’ parking lot. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Ted Uecker (Center) opens the door for two participants during the ‘Ride for The Rooms’ campaign event in the West River Health Services’ parking lot. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By COLE BENZ | Record Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

That was the thought behind the West River Health Services Foundation collaboration with RZ Motors, Inc. for the ‘Ride for The Rooms’ campaign. The event took place in the parking lot of West River Health Services on March 16 and raised over $2,000.

“It was the foundation and RZ Motors coming together on this idea,” said Ted Uecker, Fund Development Officer with the WRHS Foundation.

For the past few months, Uecker and the Foundation have been on a mission to improve the quality of living for the residents of Western Horizons Care Center. Beginning in early February, the ’One Room At A Time Together’ campaign focuses on renovating 42 rooms at the care facility. It has been years since the facility has seen renovations to the individual resident rooms, and this movement will give the residents an update to the place they call home.

Beginning in the morning, community members ventured to the parking lot of West River, filled out a small form, and took a ride (or a drive) in one of RZ’s Ram truck models.

RZ Motors facilitated a similar event with Chrysler at the Hettinger school in late November, called ‘Drive for The Kids.’ That event raised $2,100 for the school.

The goal for the ‘Ride for The Rooms’ was to get 150 participants.

They surpassed that goal, getting 222 community members into the pickup trucks. By reaching the goal of 150 people, RZ Motors will be donating $2,500 to the renovation project.

Uecker said the collaboration between RZ and the Foundation was a great mutual venture.

“We’re just really happy to be in partnership with RZ Motors,” Uecker said. “We think it’s just really admirable of them to do [the Ride for The Rooms] for our campaign.”

Events were also held at RZ Motors that day, offering discounted oil changes, reduced vehicle pricing, and free hotdogs and chips.

Uecker said he was happy with how smooth the event went, and that he was glad to see so many hospital and clinic employees come out and participate.

“We’re just elated about how it all came off, and we’re happy that a lot of the hospital and clinic employees joined us as well,” Uecker said.

Uecker added that he saw people from all over the area come and participate.

Stephanie Zimmermann and Kim Schalesky were both onsite for the the event, signing people up and organizing the proper paperwork. Cindy and Delwayne Olson, and Ben Kautzman drove the vehicles throughout the event.

In total, the ’One Room At A Time Together’ campaign has raised $64,000 of their $145,500 goal.

Work on the rooms is ongoing.

Uecker previously told The Record that they plan to work on four rooms at a time, to minimize the residents’ inconvenience of construction. This also allows work to be done as funds are available.

The next Foundation event will be the Adult Prom, hosted by Suzie’s Woodfire Grill on April 16.







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