Local Youths Support The Elk Regional Capital Campaign

A group of local youths recently donated $200 to The Elk Regional Capital Campaign, a fundraising initiative designed to support the $10.3 million building project currently under way at Elk Regional Health Center.

On June 29, the group held a bake sale outside the Elk Regional Health System Auxiliary’s ReSale Shop on Erie Avenue and raised $145.50. Officials from the St. Marys Youth Center matched their donation up to a total of $200. Members of the group personally baked all of the items included in the bake sale.

Nancy Caskey, the ReSale Shop Director, said she encouraged the group to support the capital campaign.

“When they came to me and asked for permission to hold the bake sale out in front of the ReSale Shop, they said they didn’t know where they’d donate the money,” Mrs. Caskey said. “Of course, I suggested the hospital capital campaign and explained to them what it was about. The kids were very enthusiastic about being able to support the hospital and happy to have a chance to get involved in their community. I was proud to see how they represented themselves and the St. Marys Youth Center.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of the Health System was Sam MacDonald, Business and Fund Development Director.

“It was a real pleasure to accept this donation,” Mr. MacDonald said. “It’s a great thing to not only see these kids setting an example for others with their involvement but to also see them recognize the importance of the hospital’s expansion project. I give them a lot of credit for their initiative.”

More than $4 million has been pledged to The Elk Regional Capital Campaign since it launched in September 2010, far exceeding the campaign’s $2.5 million goal. Support has come from foundations, businesses, and individuals from throughout the region.

Construction on Elk Regional’s building project is on schedule, with crews working to complete interior work on the new third floor. The Health Center’s new Maternity Unit began accepting patients in June.

PHOTO: A group of local youths recently donated $200 to The Elk Regional Capital Campaign, a $2.5 million fundraising initiative designed to support the $10.3 million building project currently under way at Elk Regional Health Center. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Health System is Sam MacDonald, Business and Fund Development Director. In the front row, from left, are Christy Annis, Matt Wickett, Mikayla Jackson, Maggie Frey and Kelsey Buerk. In the back row, from left, are Kelsea Kerner, Krista Doran, Dylan Gerg and Nicole Meyer.

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