2015 High School Scholarships

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Brittany Backer, Jayne Stecker
Brittany Backer pictured with BSHCF Board member Jayne Stecker

Brittany Backer is the CGB High School recipient for one of the Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s $1,000 scholarships.  Brittany plans to attend North Dakota State University this fall to pursue a degree in pharmacy.  She will participate in their two year Pre-Pharmacy program, which has the pototential to include taking classes in the summer of 2016.  Brittany will also have to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences before she can be admitted into their Pharmacy program.

Acceptance into this four year graduate program is based several factors including Pre-Pharmacy curricumlum grades, a written essay and standardized tests, including a Pharmacy College Admissions Test.  Most of NDSU’s accepted students score around the 60th percentile.  The top candidates are invited to a day of interviews, and a critical thinking test for which students cannot prepare for.

Brittany plans to be accepted into the program and earn her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, pass her boards and practice as a registered Pharmacist.

OHS 2015 graduate Stephanie Arndt

Stephanie Arndt is a graduate of Ortonville High School.  She will be attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD this fall where she will major in Nursing.

Stephanie says, “I’m very excited to start my career as a nurse.  My career objective is to get my RN and then further my educaton to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.”

We wish both these young women the best as they embark on their medical careers.

To apply for the Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s OHS and CGB High School Scholarships, contact your school’s guidance counselor in the spring of your graduating year.

This Could Be Yours!–updated

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11039868_988470321186646_6177486339689601806_nUpdate: Jessica DeWitt was the lucky high bidder at $130.00, so these boys will be going home with her!  Thanks everyone for participating!

The ultimate item for any Beatle’s fan!

This life-sized replica of the iconic Abbey Road album cover measures 8’h x 12’w and is on corrugated plastic which can be folded into thirds.

Bids are being accepted until Wednesday May 20th.  You can place a bid on the Foundation’s Face Book page, via email at Sally.Rakow@oahs.us or by calling 320-839-4135.

Top bid right now is $125.00

Check back for updated bids!

What an Evening!

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The 2015 Annual Gala Affair–Swinging London was an amazing success all the way around!  With over 300 guests, it was the largest event ever!

‘The Britins’, America’s premier Beatles Tribute band had nearly everyone on the dance floor or singing along.  From their replica costumes, hair and accents, they did not disappoint.

Mary Ross won the $2,500 Vacation Package voucher through Rentz Travel in Morris and  Rita Grabow won the pair of tickets to see Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins donated by Big Stone Radio.

The buffet dinner of Prime Rib and Stuffed Pork Loin received rave reviews and the Red Velvet Union Jack cakes created  by Alicia Wilcox were a hit with everyone.

Thanks to our sponsors, our donors, and everyone who helped make this year’s event one for the books!

You Can’t Win if You Don’t Buy a Ticket…

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RademachersTickets to win at $2,500 Vacation Getaway through Rentz Travel in Morris are on sale now from Gala Committee members and at the BSHCF offices located in the Dialysis Building. They are $10 each and you need not be present to win! Drawing will be held at the Gala on Saturday, April 25 at Sioux Historic Pavilion in Ortonville. There’s still time to make your reservations–click here to reserve on line or call the Foundation office at 320-839-4135.

After winning the vacation voucher, Redgey and I spent a lot of time thinking and dreaming and studying a map trying to decide where we wanted to go.  After much discussion, we decided to takt the whole family to Disney World.  Anita Longnecker was great to work with.  She knew everything i needed to know and if she didn’t, she made sure to find out.  She was very patient and worked with us to make sure everything was arranged just right.  We had a wonderful trip and I think the adults loved it as much as the kids.  Thank you to the Big Stone Health Care Foundation for helping me take my family on a trip of a lifetime!

You can also become a sponsor for this year’s Gala Event–Swinging London!–by clicking here or calling Sally at 320-839-4135.  If you’d like more information on sponsorships or why you should join our growing list of philanthropic partners, email Sally.Rakow@oahs.us

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done…
–The Beatles


Thanks to Our Sponsors!

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Sponsorship is a vital part of any fundraising event and the Foundation couldn’t be more appreciative or proud to work these partners in philanthropy:

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  • Beyond Concrete
  • GCC Ready Mix
  • ProImage Partners
  • CenBank
  • Anthony J. Hilleren, DDS
  • Rausch Granite
  • Minnwest Bank
  • Ortonville Hardware Hank
  • Stattelman Lumber
  • Hartman’s SuperValu Foods
  • Valley Office Products
  • Fluegel, Anderson, McLaughlin & Brutlag, Chtd.
  • Border States Cooperative
  • Johnson & Roggenbuck, P.A.
  • Pheasants Forever-Big Stone County
  • Rentz Travel/Midwest Benefits
  • Strong, Inc.
  • Conroy Eye Care

If you would like to join our growing list of sponsors, contact the Foundation office or click here to sign up on line!

Why Become a Sponsor?

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Making the decision to sponsor an event speaks volumes about your company and has many benefits:

  • Increasing brand loyaltysponsor
  • Changing/strengthening brand image
  • Creating company or product awareness and visibility
  • Driving retail traffic or sales
  • Highlighting community responsibility
  • Building new and deeper community networks
  • The opportunity to have the public sample a new product or provide demonstration of a product or service

Sponsorships are also tax-deductible, which is another benefit.  The best benefit of all, however is investing in the future of health care in our community. You can find more information on current event sponsorships here.

If you would like to talk about future sponsorships, call Sally at 320-839-4135, email Sally.Rakow@oahs.us or stop by our office–we’re located on the main level of the Dialysis Building.

23rd Annual Gala Affair

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2015GalaInviteThe 23rd Annual Gala Affair–“Swinging London” is set for April 25, 2015.  The sights and sounds of London of the 60s will come alive at Sioux Historic Pavilion in Ortonville, MN.  Social Hour begins at 5:30 with complimentary lagers, ciders, wines, pub grub and a D.I.Y. Photo Booth.  Special thanks to Ortonville Hardware Hank and ProImage Partners for helping us bring you there!

The buffet meal will begin at 7:00 and will feature Prime Rib served with Au Jus and a Horseradish Sauce, Stuffed Pork Loin with Ale Sauce, Herbed Roasted Baby Red Potatoes, Baby Dilled Carrots, Green Beans Almandine.  Dessert will be fabulous as well–each table will have it’s own Red Velvet Union Jack Cake baked by idreamCakes  of Madison.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for a $2,500 Vacation Getaway which will be drawn for that evening.  Tickets will be $10 each and will be on sale soon.

During the evening’s program, a short video produced by Lee & Jeanie Kanten will be presented–a true testimonial to how the Big Stone Health Care Foundation has had an impact on the people of the Ortonville area.

Artists' Rendering of "The Britins"
Artists’ Rendering of “The Britins”

The big ‘shoe’ (Ed Sullivan–kids, look him up!) of the evening is the group who started the British Invasion here in the states–the Beatles–as performed by The BriTins!  The Britins were formed in 1977 – making them one of the first Beatles tribute bands in the United States. Based in the Milwaukee, WI area, the group’s popularity had them touring in over 250+ shows per year throughout North America. The group has shared the stage with many performers, including Hermans Hermits, Turtles, Grass Roots, Buckinghams, Tommy James, and Frankie Valli. The Britins perform the top Beatles hits and album cuts from every ‘Beatles’ album. Their respect for authenticity to the Fab Four is their top priority and it shows through their unique replications of costumes and suits originally worn by The Beatles.

Invitations will be in the mail next week, but reservations can be made now by calling Sally at 320-839-4135; Megan at 320-839-4194 or emailing Sally.Rakow@oahs.us or Megan.Grabow@oahs.us.  On-line registration will be offered soon, but on-line payment is available now.   Cost is $50 per reservation which includes Social Hour, buffet, entertainment, tax and gratuity.  All proceeds benefit the Big Stone Health Care Foundation in its mission to secure funds for the maintenance and expansion of health care for the people of the Ortonville area.

The Gala Committee consists of Barb Ash, Michelle Botker, Megan Grabow, Kristi Delage, Marilyn Hanson, Patty Haukos, Cheryl Hausauer, Hillary Henrich, Patti Holtquist, Kristi Ninneman, Lisa Ross, Mary Ross, April Staehling, Jayne Stecker, Heather Tietjen, Sarah Tollackson, Cindy VanDover and Barb Voecks.