LCCH thanks our community partners for generous donations
Oct 29, 2010
Lake Chelan Boating Club 2010 Poker Run benefits EMS program
The Lake Chelan Boating Club earns our praise for donating more than $3,000 from their annual Poker Run to the hospital’s EMS program. “We appreciate their support of this lifesaving program,” said Kevin Abel, LCCH CEO.
What is the Lake Chelan Poker Run? It’s a boating event started in 2001. Each summer, boaters come to Lake Chelan to try their luck, traveling to five locations on the lake to pick up sealed poker cards. At the end of the event, they turn in their cards. The best poker hand wins. This year, 72 boats participated.
“We were happy to share the proceeds with Lake Chelan EMS,” said Cappie Peterson, who organized the event. “They benefit the entire valley, and their services are a necessity.”
Emergency Medical Services director Karl Jonasson attended a boating club meeting last month to receive the check for $3,347.68. The funds will be used for patient-care medical equipment, he said.
For more information about the annual poker run go to www.lcboatingclub.com.
Hospital Guild B donates $20,000 for new facility medical suction system
We once again thank the ladies of Guild B! With help from the community, the guild’s 9th Home Tour and Art Sale made $20,000 to benefit the hospital last month. Funds from this annual event always purchase much-needed medical equipment for your community hospital. In 2010, the donation will purchase a $20,000 Rotary Vane Medical Vacuum System, a suction system used in most hospital procedures. It will replace the 30-year old system currently in use.
Almost 550 guests toured the five featured homes in the Lake Chelan area. The event also included an Art Sale at Tsillan Cellars. More than 26 northwest artists donated 25 percent of their proceeds for the day. Thank you to the artists and event organizers. In addition, a mixed case of Lake Chelan American Viticulture Area (www.lakechelanava.com) wine was raffled.
The busy ladies of Guild B tell us they have already started on the 2011 Home Tour & Art Sale. Save the date – September 17, 2011. Tsillan Cellars will once again host Guild B’s Art Sale, and the search for five homes around Lake Chelan has begun. If you are interested in giving back to our community and would consider having your home featured on Guild B’s 2011 Home Tour, please call Guild B president Alice Soma at 682-8711.
A. Z. Wells Foundation benefits Lake Chelan’s hospital
by Kevin Abel, LCCH CEO
I want to take this opportunity to thank the A.Z. Wells Foundation for their long-term support of healthcare in North Central Washington. Alfred Z. Wells and his wife Emogene S. Wells moved to Wenatchee from Rapid City, SD in 1902 and successfully started a hardware business. In addition to operating the business, A.Z. found time to develop the Wells and Wade Fruit Company and go into orcharding, with the largest track near the location of Wells Dam. Prior to the death of Mr. Wells, he and Mrs. Wells completed plans to set up a charitable family foundation, in which they would transfer the majority of their assets to benefit the local community. In 2010, Lake Chelan Community Hospital was awarded about $20,000 from the A.Z. Wells Foundation and will use the funds to purchase new patient room furniture. Social agencies, civic groups, youth agencies, hospitals and colleges owe a great deal to the ongoing support they have received from the foundation since its inception, Lake Chelan Community Hospital included. We are very grateful.
Soroptimists raise $20,000 for breast cancer support
More than 350 entrants participated in the 16th annual Chelan Chase 5K walk/run this October to benefit breast cancer. Soroptimist International of Chelan hosted the event, and the USA Track and Field certified the 2.1 course. The chase started on the old bridge in downtown Chelan and wove through the downtown area, finishing near B.C. McDonalds. Half of the Chelan Chase funds come to Lake Chelan Community Hospital to provide free mammograms to local women. Thank you Soroptimists!
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