The JMHS Foundation continues to receive large donations from community members for its “Caring for Our Community” campaign. When Johnson Memorial Health Services announced it was building a new $16.5 million-dollar Care Center, the JMHS Foundation began focusing a fundraising campaign.
The new care center features 56 private rooms with attached private handicapped accessible bathrooms that include a shower. The new facility addresses infrastructure and compliance issues as well as changing expectations to accommodate future residents.
To ensure the care center is completed to its greatest potential for our community, the JMHS Foundation set an ambitious fundraising goal of $1.4 million dollars. The “Caring for our Community” campaign provides our community an opportunity to get involved with the project.
Ken Club and Charlie Prestholdt were both asked to head up the major gifts fundraising now called the Cornerstone Club. Ken and Charlie are committee co-chairs with seven other community members including Mike Erickson, Rick Odden, Dean Pearson, Pastor Kendall Stelter, Dean Solem, Pastor Lori Wold, and Jon Wager. Stacey Lee, JMHS CEO, and Kristyn Wicht, JMHS Marketing and Development Manager, are also members of the committee.
Both Ken and Charlie believe the new facility will have a positive impact on our community. Said Ken, “Our community is amazing. It helped build the swimming pool, supports the school and countless other community projects. I felt this project was important because it addresses our forgotten citizens. The senior citizens in our community have made such a significant impact; it’s time that we focused on them.”
Ken and his wife Sandie Club, were among the first to join the Cornerstone Club with a generous $10,000 donation. Ken said, “When I ask someone to donate to the project, I want them to know that I support the project both personally and financially. I truly believe we can meet our $1.4 million-dollar goal.”
Charlie and his wife Janice Prestholdt were also among the first to generously donate $10,000. Said Charlie, “Many of the past and current residents were raised here or are life-long citizens of Dawson. They have been our leaders who have left us this ‘gem on the prairie.’ They deserve a beautiful place to live in during their golden years. We feel that we owe it to them for all they have done for us.”
The Cornerstone Club has been reaching out to community members, businesses, and organization asking for donations of $10,000 or more. At the Annual B.A.S.H. Celebration in April, they announced they had raised over $800,000!
The latest information on the construction project and the Caring for Our Community fundraising campaign will be shared at the Ice Cream Social at Riverfest The JMHS Foundation is hosting the Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 24 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Dawson City Pool Park. In the case of bad weather, the event will move inside at the Dawson City Building.
For more information, please contact Kristyn Wicht, Marketing and Development Manager at 320-312-2111 or Saundra Snobl, Development Coordinator at 320-312-2123. You can also visit the JMHS website at -www.jmhsmn.org/foundation.