Emerald Eve raises $50,000

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Some of the 222 people who attended Emerald Eve Friday night bid on items being auctioned by Bob Zielsdorf.
The Lloyd and Barbara Amundson Charity Foundation gave the SCBH Foundation $15,000 to be used toward its planned memory care and assisted living facility. Above, from left are, First Security VP Tom Jenson, Assistant Cashier/Loan Officer Maryls Boone, First Security President Brent Grube, Foundation President Jerry Peterson, Foundation Treasurer Jan Goff and Foundation Vice President Ron Laycock.
Lloyd and Barbara Amundson’s foundation gave $15,000 to SCBH for its assisted living-memory care facility. The Amundsons are the owners of First Security Bank in Benson.

Emerald Eve raises $50,000

With the help of a $15,000 donation from the Lloyd and Barbara Amundson Foundation Charity Foundation, the Swift County Benson Hospital Foundation raised over $50,000 at its Emerald Eve event last Friday evening.

The 222 tickets sold were the most in the 20-year history of the foundation and raised nearly $10,000 alone. The live auction conducted by Benson area auctioneer Robert Zielsdorf raised over $24,000. Funds were also raised from the more than 80 items on the silent auction.

Emerald Eve funds are going toward a planned assisted living-memory care facility that the hospital’s governing board and SCBH Foundation have been working on for the past couple years.

SCBH CEO Kurt Waldbillig told the crowd Friday night that the board of governors is still in the design phase of the project. The next step once the project design is in place is to send out for bids for construction, he said.

In October, the governing board unanimously agreed to retain HGA for $105,000 to conduct a Lean study of hospital operations taking into account its expanded facilities. A Lean study looks at ways to streamline operations in the most efficient manner, saving staff time and supply use.

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