STERLING - CGH Health Foundation donors celebrated reaching and exceeding the $360,000 campaign goal during Thursday’s 25th anniversary Annual Appeal reception. Retiring CGH Medical Center CEO Ed Andersen was also given special recognition during the annual event.
Incorporated Sept. 15, 1987, the Foundation has enjoyed 23 years of successful fund drives, according to Foundation Chair Tim Zollinger, who announced contributions totaling $384,586. Highlight of the evening were remarks made in tribute to Mr. Andersen by a Foundation trustee, physician, businessman and CGH Board member. Fifty-three individuals, businesses and groups were also honored during the special Tree of Life dedication ceremony.
Feature project this year is the new Love on a Leash Dog Therapy Program. A few of the canine volunteers and their owners were on hand. Ten dogs have passed temperament testing and are now visiting patients on the hospital Medical Floor. Pet visits have been shown to have many benefits, including decreased pain medication use, increased socialization and communication.
Seven Pine Cones and 46 Leaves were dedicated on the Tree of Life donor wall. Donors, their families and friends took part in the dedication in the CGH Lobby. Honorees included: Pine Cone ($10,000 or more cumulative: Arthur’s Garden Deli, Candlelight Inn, City of Sterling, Drs. Chester and Yolanda DelaCruz, Dr. Terry and Cheryl Donat, Dr. Joseph and Carolyn Gaziano, and Dr. Rob and Liz Whittaker; and Leaf ($1,000 or more cumulative): Marvin and Beverly Albrecht, American Legion Auxiliary Post 902, Rock Falls, Kenny and Dawn Arndt, Keith and Mary Benson, Nancy Blackert, Dolly and Bill Blair, Barb and Philip Bruketta, Janis Card Family, County Market/Dixon, Dick and Audrey Cox, DeJonge Tax and Accounting, Inc., Omer and Joyce Deets, Dixon Elks Lodge, Ed and Kathyrn Ebersohl, Edward Jones/Jim McPherson, Dr. Ranjit Gowda, Gina and Mike Grennan, Dr. John Hahn, Cathy Hawkins, Heat-Co Mechanical, Inc., Susan Jones, Beth Krug, George Logan, Marla and Rich Lund, Bill Manfield, Thomas Michel, Brandon Miller, Theresa and Fred Murray, Helen Nelson, Parkway Center/Dick Prescott, Peoples National Bank of Kewanee/Tampico, Perri Plog, Betty Pratt, Pat and Ginny Propheter, Dawn Reavley, Rock River Cartage, ServiceMaster Clean, Carolyn Spencer, Dr. Paul and Lisa Steinke, Stewart Beverage, Konnie Swanson, Winter Construction, Mark Witherspoon, Dr. Eyas Youssef and Dr. Muna Kilani,
Each Leaf or Pine Cone is engraved with an inscription of the donor’s choice. For more information on how to support the CGH Health Foundation, call Executive Director Joan Hermes at 815/625-0400, ext. 5672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.