Kennedy’s Fresh Foods helps drive a successful Giving Hearts Day

Frank Turner 

Kennedy’s Fresh Foods hosted a customer appreciation event this week in conjunction with the West River Health Services Foundation (WRHSF). The grocery store not only expressed their gratitude toward the Adams County Community, but it also assisted the hospital in raising awareness and funds for their new Physician Recruitment Endowment Fund.  

Giving Hearts Day is fast approaching and the hospital foundation is putting forth their best effort into making a fund that will attract quality doctors to the Adams County area. According to WRHSF fund development officer Ted Uecker, the event raised $3,385.50 to go towards the endowment fund. 

“It’s unbelievable how many people are supporting our Giving Hearts Day efforts,” said Uecker.  

Kyle Kennedy stood in one of the food isles serving hotdogs, chips, and heart-shaped cookies to anyone who walked by. 

“We were just trying to think of something fun to do while West River Health Services was down here,” said Kennedy, “We thought red hotdogs and heart shaped cookies would be a great tie into Giving Hearts Day. I just want to say that I think West River Health Services is extremely important to our region and it feels good to partner with them and help their cause.” 

At a front table in the grocery store, Uecker, adorned in a red-hearted suit coat, passed out coupons from local businesses and encouraged anyone who walked by to participate in a raffle for two $300 Kennedy’s Fresh Foods gift cards. If individuals donated $10 or more to the Giving Hearts Day cause, they received five tickets for the gift card drawing. 

According to Uecker, Shiloh Dupper and Duane Fried each won a $300 gift card from the raffle drawing. 

Uecker continued, “We had a terrific time working with Kyle, Mike and their crew at Kennedy’s. It’s always a joy to work with Kennedy’s on a promotion because they are so giving to our community. We have quite a few “Partners for the Future” in our service area. And Kennedy’s is always right there at the top of the list.” 

On behalf of Kennedy’s Fresh Foods and the West River Health Services Foundation, both Kyle Kennedy and Ted Uecker expressed their gratitude in participating in the appreciation event. 

“Really, I just want to say thanks to the community for coming out and supporting us and West River,” said Kennedy, “we really appreciate it.”