Nearly 200 people celebrated generosity in our community at the Winona Health Foundation’s 3rd annual “Benevolence & Blues” at Visions Event Center at Signatures in Winona on Friday, January 29.
“Benevolence and Blues is a unique community event that highlights just a few of the stories that illustrate generosity in all of its forms,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “Blues music, delicious barbeque and heartwarming stories of giving made it a fun and uplifting evening.”
This year’s honorees included:
- Caring. Sharing. Giving. – Ray Fawcett, Volunteer. Ray was recognized for his gracious and generous spirit of volunteering and his commitment to service.
- Grassroots Fundraising at its Breast – Breast Fest Committee. The Breast Fest Committee raises money to help local breast cancer patients.
- Mission and Values in Action – Theresa Dillinger, RN. Theresa caring and compassion goes above and beyond for Lake Winona Manor residents.
- A Life Changer – Community Care Network Coaches. The Community Care Network coaches are part of an award-winning program to connect with our area’s most vulnerable residents.
- A Legacy of Generosity – The Doug & Ruth Robinson Family. The Robinson family is continuing a precedent of generosity established by their parents, Doug and Ruth, who were well known philanthropists in the Winona community.
At the event, the Breast Fest Committee presented a check for $10,000 to the Foundation to help local breast cancer patients. Organizers say they just want to ease the path for those who are undergoing breast cancer treatment, whether that’s paying for groceries, a massage, gas cards or a bill or two. “This is an example of what community members can do together to not only help their family, friends and neighbors, but also strangers who just need a lift.”
Make a note and save the date for next year’s Benevolence and Blues, Friday, January 27, 2017 at Signatures. For more information about the Winona Health Foundation, click here.