‘One Room at a Time Together’ campaign nears goal

The Foundation at West River Health Services has almost reached its $145,500 fundraising goal to renovate 42 individual resident rooms at Western Horizons Care Center via its “One Room At a Time Together” Campaign.

By TED UECKER
WRHS Foundation

The Foundation at West River Health Services has almost reached its $145,500 fundraising goal to renovate 42 individual resident rooms at Western Horizons Care Center via its “One Room At a Time Together” Campaign. During the last six months, the Foundation has raised $142,500 – only $3,000 short of their goal! Recently an 800-piece direct mail campaign was sent out to previous Foundation supporters and area businesses, organizations and families. Within this mail piece, the “One Room…” campaign was explained, including the need, the plan, and part of the advertising campaign.

Event though we have not quite reached our goal, we have begun renovations, as 90 percent of the new flooring and 80 percent of the new painting has been completed. Many of the new resident-friendly high rise toilets have already been installed following installation of the new flooring. Next come the new sinks, new lighting, new furniture and decorations. We’re hoping to have every resident room renovated before the new year!

The following families, businesses and organizations have really stepped forward in support of  this areas community-wide campaign with gifts exceeding $700: WRHS Foundation $25,000; Mitch & Lani Schultz $5,514; City of Hettinger $5,500; Debbie & Randy Nehring In Memory of Cheryl Freed $5,000; Dr. Josh & Dr. Carrie Ranum $4,069; Uecker Yards Inc. In Memory of Ted & Nan Uecker Sr. $4,000; Alan & Kaye McIntyre and Kaylene Erlenbush In Memory of Mom & Dad $4,000; Magnus & Grace Meier $3,510; Ted & Sheri Uecker In Memory of Uncle Bob Wright $3,385; Kennedy’s Fresh Foods $3,000; RZ Motors $2,500; DuWayne Marthaller In Memory of Milt $2,500; Jan & Chuck Defoe In Memory of Christine $2,500; Hettinger Jaycee’s $2,500; Ed & Eleanore Honeyman Estate via Holly & Richard Wyman $2,500; WRHS Auxiliary $2,500; The Uecker Girls & Teddy In Memory of Nancy Beth Uecker $2,500; West River Veterinary Clinic $2,500; Community Clothes Closet $2,000; Farmers Union Insurance $2,000; Matt & Katie Shahan $1,500; Land O’ Lakes Inc. $1,500; Dr. Roger & Jan Schauer $1,000; Mr./Mrs. Dale Schoeder $1,000; Commercial Bank of Mott $1,000; Consolidated Telcom Inc. $1,000; Lawrence & Clementine Urlacher $1,000; Steve Parker Family $1,000; Dr. Gerald & Jan Sailer $800; Terry & DeNae Henderson $750; and Delores Thormodsgard In Memory of Dale $710.

Of course, we’ve received over 140 other gifts ranging from $1-$525, which we also appreciate very much. And we raised over $38,000 net via our 2nd Annual “Adult Prom,” which included all of the ticket sales, live and silent auction sales, and Matt’s Match! Plus, many of you donated or purchased items to help our cause. And our 2nd Annual “Foundation Nation Scramble Golf Tournament” brought in over $6,000 as well!

All gifts of $100 or more will be recognized on our engraved “One Room At a Time Together” Donor Board at Western Horizons Care Center. The overall top six largest contributors will have the opportunity to place a sign entering each of the six wings at the Care Center. And any family, business or organization who gives $2,500 or more can place a personalized and engraved plaque just outside one of the newly renovated resident rooms.

Maybe you’ve been thinking of joining our “One Room At a Time Together” Campaign, but just haven’t found the time to call Ted at the Foundation (701-567-3666) or send a check in the mail (written to “WRHSF” at 1000 Highway 12, Hettinger, ND, 58639). Or we can set up a pledge over time (from one year to five) if you’d like as well.  We only have $3,000 left to raise. You, your business or organization could be the one to push us over the top! After all, our elderly residents deserve Five-Star facilities to match our Five-Star Care!

Then our Foundation can move on to our next campaign to continue raising funds and improving West River Health Services and Western Horizons Living Centers in providing top-notch “Healthcare Close to Home” – for all of us.

Another HUGE THANK YOU to Hettinger and surrounding area families, businesses and organizations. Together we can keep improving our healthcare. After all, what’s more important than our health?