Good Samaritan Health Center Completes Successful United Way Campaign

Staff members at Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill used an equation of good will, good chili and good fun to produce more than $8,000 in its annual United Way fundraising campaign.

According to campaign coordinator Kathy Brecke, Good Samaritan set a goal of increased employee participation for their fall United Way campaign. “We succeeded by doubling employee participation with donations increasing more than $3,000 from last year, said Brecke.

Giving local and giving back is one part of the mission of Good Samaritan Health Center and the funds raised from the campaign will assist 21 non-profit agencies and additional United Way community service programs in the Merrill area.

“It was exciting to see the momentum build for our employee campaign this year,” said Good Samaritan President Michael Hammer. “In these challenging economic times, it was amazing to see the creativity of our United Way committee who reached out to gain support from twice as many employees as last year.”

The Environmental Services team won a “chili cook-off” with the clever creation of a “chili dump” combining everyone’s best recipes. Jill Hanson from the radiology department took a close second with her spicy chicken chili. An ice cream social, parking spot auction and a lively bingo game also proved as engaging activities for the campaign.

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