Fundraiser benefits Winona Health patients, visitors and staff

Denver Brown, PA-C, Family Medicine, takes the 2018 Beards For Bucks “Who Grew it Best” trophy.

Eager sponsors and voters gathered in the Winona Health Facilities department on Thursday to get the answer to the questions on everyone’s mind: Who would take the coveted Beards for Bucks “Who Grew it Best” trophy back to his (or her?) department.

Winona Health’s The Beards for Bucks campaign began three years ago when the Facilities team brought an idea to the Winona Health Foundation.

“Our team wanted to do more for Winona Health and the community we serve,” said Greg Towner, Facilities director. “We came up with the Beards for Bucks idea – anyone in the organization can participate by either growing a beard in November or sponsoring someone who does.” Each participant gives $20 or more to the Foundation and each person who sponsors someone gives $20 or more. Additional gifts to support the campaign are welcome.

Emily Hoff, development and events coordinator for the Winona Health Foundation announced that this year’s campaign raised $5,776, surpassing the team’s goal of $4,000. This year’s funds will be used to add three water bottle filling drinking fountains throughout Winona Health.

Towner took the prize for the individual participant who raised the most money though sponsorships. Voting for the Beards for Bucks prize for Who Grew it Best, is open to all staff and community members who visit Winona Health and want to cast their vote based on the before and after photos which were posted by the hospital’s Lakeside Café.

This year’s Beards for Bucks “Who Grew it Best” winner is Denver Brown, a Family Medicine Physician Assistant.

“Beards for Bucks is a really fun way to engage with our coworkers, and great coworkers is one of things that makes Winona Health a special place to work,” added Towner.

At the conclusion of the Beards for Bucks closing ceremony, the Facility team received a surprise. Hoff announced that because of the Facility team’s generosity of time, talent and treasure throughout the year, from digging up ground for groundbreakings and garden projects to volunteering at the Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic and all the extra behind-the-scenes work they do, they will be one of the honorees at the 2019 Benevolence & Blues dinner on February 1, 2019.

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