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HAMC Auxiliary’s Tree of Giving Continues to Bear Fruit

By Staff | Dec 4, 2015

The Heart of America Medical Center (HAMC) Auxiliary celebrated its 23nd annual Tree of Giving celebration with a tree-lighting ceremony Monday afternoon in front of the HAMC. This glorious tradition started in 1992, “The hospital was in need of more Lifelines because the needs of the community was growing rapidly and the machines were quite costly. The CEO at the time approached the Auxiliary and from there the Board came up with the idea for the Tree of Giving”, shared Linda Kay Duchscher, who is the Community Relations & Development Director of HAMC

The mission statement for the Tree of Giving campaign was specifically developed for “caring and sharing for healthcare” and the money raised over the years has gone towards a variety of needed and important initiatives such as: Heart of America Medical Center, Heart of America Hospice, Long Term Care, Haaland Estates and Heart of America Johnson Clinics.

At this year’s event Laurie Odden was the host speaker on behalf of the HAMC Auxiliary. She, along with Marge Heilman and Susan Anderson, read the names that the bulbs on the tree represent in the memorial. State Representative Jon Nelson spoke at the ceremony thanking everyone for their continued support of the Auxiliary and HAMC in general; Aimee Henning also lent to the ceremony by singing hymns for the service.

The Memorial Names that were read are: Andrew Axtman, Richard Blessum, Romeo Boucher, Brenda Burns, Walter Duchscher, Anne Duchscher, Vicky Harmel, Richard Haenke, Harold Hoffert, Rose Hoffert, Pearl Owens, Elvin Randle, Judy Ritterman, Tillie Schmaltz, Al Steinke, Richard West, Janet Arstein, Rita Bercier, Richard Bercier, Clara Ebach, Linda Gilderhus, Bob Grove, Harriet Heilman, Morris Jackson, Tony Keller, Howard Larson, Donnie McKay, Luella Seter, Gloria Vaughn, Wade Weisenberger, Loretta Yoder, Alvis Beaver, Ralph Berg, Edna Buer, Tanner Garman, Bertha Hagboe, Lavonne Loelle, June Moen, Winston Pottenger, George Vangsnes, Roy Kirchofner, Helen Klatt, Norma Schiff, Pauline Mitzel, Mary Shulz, Lowell Johnson, Alexis Amyotte, Elsie Eide, Milton Haagenson, Ole Lee, Phillipine Schmidt, Eddie Roerick, Lila Roerick, Richard Anderson, Ted Armstrong, Roy Baustad, Cole Hoffert, Jeanne Kruger, Adeline Norheim, Victor Axtman, Lavonne Aamodt, Ken Ranweiler, Orrin Iverson, Jim Grenz, Eileen McClintock, Gloria Sampson, Diane Tandeski, Laura Watterson, Donna Worrall, Kenny Axtman, Joe Black, Mary Jane Crook, Leo Degenstein, Gary Degenstein, Mike Haman, Dorothy Miller, Phyllis Retterrath, Ervin Thielen, Lyda Thompson, Florence Vetsch, Carolyn Voeller, Marilyn Gilje, Shirley Lagerquist, Myrtle Mattern, Roy Pfeifer, Lorraine Martinson, Phyllis Campbell, Randy Sattler, Rick Sattler, Leona Schmidt, Howard Lashman, Elaine Sand, Evie Piper, Carl Duchscher, Margaret Brossart, Mike Pannel, Rose Rohrer, Harold Alexander, Victor Anderson, Joy Baker-Mosser, Mariya Tate Berhnardt, Gerald Best, Bud Block, Amy Block, Katie Busch, Archie Grove, Sue Lynn Gunderson, Gerald Halvorson, Richard Heilman, Roger Jelsing, Lorraine Martinson, Ken Matehs, Frannie McKinzie, Eva Mears, Donald Mears, Bridget Mears, Clifford Millang, Roy Pfeifer, Bob Rocheleau, Adam Sattler, Lorna Sattler, Maurus Schneibel, Perry Schwartz, and Lonna Volson.

“Our thoughts were it would be something that would only happen during the Christmas Season, but after the season people kept giving and it just keeps growing year after year. Because of the support of Rugby and the surrounds communities we were able to add Hospice for needed supplies. In the past 23 years we have given 60 wheel chairs to the Care Center, helped with the remodel of the dining rooms, remodel of the comfort care room and more. This year from funds from the Tree of Giving we were able to give just under $10,000.00 for the remodel of the Acute Care Waiting room,” shared Duchscher.

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