Benevolence & Blues: A celebration of generosity

Breast Fest committee members give a gift to benefit those undergoing breast cancer treatment during the Winona Health Foundation’s Benevolence and Blues. Pictured (l-r): Betsy Midthun, Winona Health VP of Community Engagement, and Breast Fest representatives Bonnie Steinfeldt and Mark Fredrickson.

Breast Fest committee members give a gift to benefit those undergoing breast cancer treatment during the Winona Health Foundation’s Benevolence and Blues. Pictured (l-r): Betsy Midthun, Winona Health VP of Community Engagement, and Breast Fest representatives Bonnie Steinfeldt and Mark Fredrickson.

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.

 

$5 Jewelry (and more) Sale Feb. 17-18

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday, February 17 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday, February 18, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. Attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and use the hospital main entrance, which is closest to the sale.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, leggings, scarves, watches and much more. Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships and Auxiliary healthcare projects. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

 

Community Service Tribute Call for Nominations

The Winona Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute is awarded to an outstanding person, persons or community organization who has made a significant difference and positive impact on the Winona region and/or Winona Health. Candidates will be evaluated on their generosity of time, spirit, energy and/or charitable donations. Nomination forms are available online at winonahealth.org/tribute and will be accepted through Friday, February 5.

Nomination Form

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute was established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith. In addition to a special recognition dinner at Cedar Valley Restaurant, the family of Ben and Adith Miller and RTP Company honors the recipient with a $25,000 contribution to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to assist area individuals and families.

Last year, Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard received the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute for the countless hours of service they have given the Winona community. Those who nominated the Shepards reflected on their dedication to nature, the environment, history and education, along with noting the many organizations that benefited from their involvement.

Written nominations are being accepted now through February 5.

Nomination Form

For more information, click here.

If you have questions, call 507.457.4394.

Benevolence & Blues: Friday, January 29!

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual ‘Benevolence & Blues,’ Friday, January 29 at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona.

Tickets are $35 per person, or, $200 to reserve a table for eight ($25/person if table of 8). The evening begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment followed by dinner at 6:30, more music and stories of generosity round out the evening.

Attendees are encouraged be comfortable and wear their favorite blues—whether it’s blue jeans, a blue dress, blue scrubs or blue suede shoes.

Dinner includes: southern slaw; house-made corn muffins with whipped honey butter; barbequed ribs; southern fried chicken; green beans, bacon and onions; baked macaroni and cheese; sweet potato fingerlings; and sweet southern biscuit strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Several menu items are gluten free.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Caring. Sharing. Giving. – Ray Fawcett, Volunteer
  • Grassroots Fundraising at its Breast – Breast Fest Committee
  • Mission and Values in Action – Theresa Dillinger, RN
  • A Life Changer – Community Care Network Coaches
  • A Legacy of Generosity – The Doug & Ruth Robinson Family

Entertainment includes music by the Burke Band, featuring a special appearance by Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health chief quality and safety officer.

Reservations will be accepted through Monday, January 25. RSVP by sending a check payable to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987.

Please include the names of those attending.

If questions,or to RSVP by phone,  please call 507.474.3328.

 

 

Scholarships available. Apply now!

Three scholarships are offered to the Winona community through the Winona Health Foundation and the Winona Health Auxiliary. Applications are now being accepted.

Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship

The Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship is a $1,000 award available to an individual who is in the final one or two semesters in completing his or her two- or four-year nursing degree. The scholarship recipient must be from within a 60-mile radius of Winona or attend a post-secondary school within the designated area, or be a current Winona Health employee. Priority will be given to individuals committed to providing care at Winona Health.

Phyllis McClenathan was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center who passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2006, her husband, Dean, and their children established a nursing scholarship in her name through the Winona Health Foundation.

Applications for the Phyllis McClenathan Scholarship are due March 15, 2016. An application form and eligibility information is available here.

Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship

The Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship is named for a retired director of Winona Health Volunteer Services in honor of her long-standing service to the Winona Health Auxiliary.

Scholarship awards are contingent on acceptance into an accredited healthcare educational program for fall 2016. Applicants also must be a permanent resident of the Winona Health service area or be working and/or volunteering at Winona Health.

Individual scholarship awards will be made in amounts of $500 or more, and up to a total of $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary fundraising events.

Carol Hill Scholarship applications are due March 15, 2016. An application form and eligibility information is available online here.

Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program
Through the generosity of anonymous contributors, the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program was established to provide graduating high school seniors with financial assistance to pursue a health-related career.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Winona Health Scholarship Program Committee based on the student’s demonstration of the program standards which include:

  • a strong motivation to pursue a healthcare career
  • academic excellence
  • a dedication to community service
  • a demonstrated need of financial support for their college education

Additionally, the scholarship is contingent upon acceptance to an accredited institution in a program of study for a career in healthcare

The deadline for application submission for the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program is April 1, 2016. An application form and eligibility information is available here.

Please note that applications for all scholarships that are received after the due date, or not fully completed, will be ineligible. For more information, call 507.474.3328 or visit winonahealthfoundation.org/scholarships.

 

Save the date for the Way to Wellness Expo

Saturday, February 27: a Heart-beating, fun-loving, laughter-filled day to kick up your health

Winona Health and other area organizations invite people of all ages to the Way to Wellness Expo, Saturday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road in Winona, Minn.

“I think people will be surprised by all the opportunities to learn about simply feeling better in addition to improving their health,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “This isn’t an ‘exercise and eat-your-veggies’ type of event. Our goal is for people to come away feeling energized and inspired.”

Attendees are welcome to drop in for any or all of the seminars and visit informational booths. The dozen or more seminars cover general areas including: nutrition, active living, mental health, wellness, and cooking demonstrations.

Partners in the Way to Wellness Expo include: Live Well Winona, Winona Area YMCA, Winona State University, SHIP Winona County, Winona Area Public Schools, Winona County Public Health and area Lions Clubs. Many other health and wellness-related organizations will have exhibits for attendees to visit and ask questions.

There is no charge for the event. In addition, the Y will have a special ‘Day of Play’ time for children from 9:30 to 11:30, so parents can attend seminars or visit booths. “Some of the special seminars will require an RSVP so we can plan for the number of attendees,” noted Schossow. “Registration for those seminars will be available online or by phone in early February.”

More information will be updated as seminar times are confirmed. If you are interested in volunteering at the event call 507.457.4161 of click below.

Volunteer at Expo

An opportunity to make a meaningful difference: Become a hospice volunteer (training included)

Winona Area Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, providing compassionate care and support during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

The extensive volunteer training covers everything from the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses, to how to support families and understand the bereavement process.

The training includes an initial meeting on either Monday, January 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, January 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There is also independent online education and a final meeting on either Monday, February 22, from 10 a.m. until noon or Tuesday, February 23, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact the volunteer coordinator by email: skronebusch@winonahealth.org or call the Winona Health Hospice Services office at 507.457.4468.

Those interested also will be asked to complete an online volunteer application here.

Join us for Trees of Light celebration Wednesday, December 9

Community members who are honoring or remembering family and friends who hold a special place in their hearts during this holiday season are invited to the Winona Health Foundation’s Trees of Light gathering on Wednesday, December 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Attendees are invited to enjoy music, refreshments, visit with friends, view the trees and take home the ornaments tagged with their honorees’ name.

“We are grateful for our generous community members who choose to honor friends and family members through the Trees of Light,” said Betsy Midthun, VP of community engagement at Winona Health. “It’s a thoughtful reminder of those who are important to us or those who will always be remembered, and it’s a meaningful way to support community healthcare.”

Those who gave are welcome to find their ornaments on the trees and take them home during the event on December 9 or anytime during clinic hours after December 9. The campaign continues until January 1.

Gifts to the Trees of Light campaign may be made online, by mail or in person at the Foundation office on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, 55987.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328 or click here.

 

 

Fantasy of Trees winners announced

First Place: Say Yes to the Dress

First Place: Say Yes to the Dress

The Winona Health Fantasy of Trees committee gives thanks to all businesses, organizations and individuals who donated a beautifully decorated holiday tree for silent auction.

Approximately 80 trees and a roomful of festive holiday wreaths and center pieces contributed to a successful 2015 Fantasy of Trees event. Proceeds from this year’s event go toward Healthcare Scholarships and updating Transitional Care Unit rooms at Lake Winona Manor.

Trees are on display and open for bids at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona on the first and second-floor of the clinic until Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m.

Below is the list of the award-winning trees. Congratulations to everyone who won and thank you to all who contributed. The Winona Health Auxiliary Fantasy of Trees committee appreciates all who supported this year’s event.

First Place: Say Yes to the Dress

Second Place: Candy Land

Second Place: Candy Land

Designers: Winona Health General Surgery, Cancer Care, Dermatology, Plastics and Cosmetics.

Second Place: Candy Land

Designers: Winona Health Food and Nutrition

Third Place: Warm and Cozy Homespun Christmas

Designers: Winona Health Occupational Health

Honorable Mention:

Lucky You by Winona Health Lake Winona Manor

Winters Frosty Night by Flowers on Broadway

May the Force be with You by Winona Health Pediatrics

Tranquility by Winona Health Assisted Living

Vintage Memories by Flowers on Broadway

 

Third Place: Warm and Cozy Homespun Christmas

Third Place: Warm and Cozy Homespun Christmas

Free Healthcare Directives program

Protect your rights and make your wishes known

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold a free, informational program about Healthcare Directives on Monday, November 16, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to have a Healthcare Directive. This program will provide information about the need for and benefits of having a Healthcare Directive, which enables people to retain control over their care, even after the ability to speak on their own behalf is lost. Trained and certified Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers facilitate this program with participants using authorized forms. The session will cover both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up program will be held Monday, November 30, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and is open to anyone who has attended the informational program who would like assistance completing their directive or to have their completed forms reviewed.

These programs are free and no advanced registration is required. The program is presented in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Healthcare Directive volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information about healthcare directives, click here, or call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

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