Big Stone Health Care Foundation and #GivingTuesday

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Big Stone Health Care Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. You can make your donation by clicking here. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

The Big Stone Health Care Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to maintain and expand top quality, local health care services for the people of the Ortonville, MN area.  Through Physician Recruitment, building projects, equipment purchases and educational funding for EMTs, future nurses and physicians and other health care professionals, we have helped create health care options right here.

#GivingTuesday isn’t just about making a financial contribution, but it also encourages volunteerism.  The Foundation relies heavily on volunteers and volunteer committees for our three fundraising events:  the Annual Gala Affair, The Oak Tree Classic golf tournament and its High Fashion for the Foundation fashion showcase.  We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to bring their creativity, talent, manpower, office skills–or any other skills–to bring these events to life an make them successful.

As a non-profit organization in a smaller community, we are so grateful to have donors and volunteers who believe in our mission and who are willing to make an investment in a healthy future!


In the Pink!

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October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month, but we’re celebrating the survivors of all kinds of cancers at the 4th Annual High Fashion for the Foundation Fundraiser on Saturday October 24, 2015.  Invitations are in the mail, but you don’t have to see one in your mailbox to be invited!  Sadly, cancer has touched every one of us–friends, family members or even ourselves–and the Foundation wants to recognize those who have prevailed and raise money for the care of those who are currently fighting the battle.  Food and fashion and fun seem to be a pretty good way to raise spirits as we raise funds.Fashion Show postcard

This year’s event will be held at the Big Stone American Legion in Big Stone City, SD and will begin at 11:00.  Tickets are $25 which includes a brunch featuring Mimosas, French Toast, Sausage and Fruit.  A cash Bloody Mary Bar will also be available.

The Fashion Show will be presented by Linda’s Fashions featuring local models that include cancer survivors and current cancer patients.  Dr. Preston Steen will also be a part of the show, which is very exciting.  The High Fashion for the Foundation event has proven to be a fun and fabulous one and we hope that you’ll join us as we fight cancer one outfit at a time!

All proceeds from the event will go towards meeting some of the needs of cancer patients at OAHS.


2015 Oak Tree Classic Wrap Up

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1st Place Team Karina Kafka, Dan Kafka, Luke Kafka


Once again the weather did not disappoint the 35 teams that played in the Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s 24th Annual Oak Tree Classic Golf tournament which was Saturday, September 12 at the Ortonville Golf Course.

Family and friends were the theme of the day.  Dan, Luke and Karina Kafka’s score of 55.4 gave them first place.  The second place team was new to the tournament—husband and wife Troy and Angela Olson and Justin Monson—their score was a 56 and third place went to Matt Karels, Andy Karels and Luke DeVos with a score of 56.1.

The Best All Woman team prize of gift baskets donated by Ranet Schmeichel went to the team of Ranet Schmeichel, Liz Sorenson and Mary Weber.   Second to the last place honors went to Rochelle Reede, Lois Banken and Becky Ash.  They each awarded Oak Tree themed wood items made and donated by Wade Swezey.

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2nd Place Team: Justin Monson, Angie Olson, Troy Olson

Bill Vangsness won the top raffle prize which was an Oak Tree Classic EZ Go Electric Golf Car.  Oliver Zinski won the handmade Men’s Golf Clubs with a stand-up bag and Audrey Tobin, Arvin Mueller, Jacob Bollman and  won Kristine Meyer won the cash prizes of $200, $100$50  and$50.

Challenges and games of chance out on the course are a fun part of the Oak Tree Classic and several golfers won prizes:   Nick Giese had the longest drive for men on Hole 7, Liz Sorenson had the longest drive for women on Hole 4, Randy Schoon had the longest putt on Hole 3 and Jacob Bollman was closest to the pin on Hole 6.  Each of those golfers received an Oak Tree Classic Jacket.  Other Game winners include Isaiah Longnecker who won $185 for the longest Marshmallow Drive—Tom  Roscoe received a dozen golf balls from RBC Wealth Management just for trying the game,  $175 went to Brenna Rausch which was half the pot on the “Between the Sheets” game on Hole #2, Scott Simonitch won half the pot ($245) on the “50/50” card game, Mike Swenson won a cooler full of goodies from Eide Bailly on Hole #6, and Dr. Greg Peterson won the Shotgun donated by Diane & Brad Rieck in memory of Ed Kiernat on Hole #17.  Wheel of Fortune winners on Hole #6 include:  Sue Rausch, Jacob Bollman and Liz Sorenson

3rd Place Team: Andy Karels, Matt Karels, Luke DeVos
3rd Place Team: Andy Karels, Matt Karels, Luke DeVos

(Artie’s Bait & Tackle Certificates and Shirts), Rob Rakow and Dan Kafka ( Mi Mexico Gift Certificates), Blair Johnson and Paul Treinen (Off the Green Gift Certificates), Phyllis Barr and Michael Peterson (Bello Cucina Gift Certificates). The Visa Gift Cards sponsored by Northside Medical Center were won by Dr. Mark Bierschbach, Lyle Bergland and Karen Thyne.

Silent Auction High Bidders were:  Dr. Bob Ross (MN Twins Champions Club Package-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Gregg Lindahl (Paul Molitor Hall of Fame Baseball-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Dr. Chris Conroy (Adrian Peterson Autographed Football-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Mike Swenson (Hand-made Putter and Titleist Golf Balls-Dan Nelson), Blair Johnson (Morey’s Seafood Package-The Grocery Basket Store & Casino),Kristen Tillotson (Caiti Barr Photography Certificate), Blair Johnson (Teddy Bridgewater Autographed Jersey-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Jerry Wiegman (Charlie Johnson Framed, Autographed Photo-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation), Eric Banken (Mike Wallace Autographed Football-Brady Forseth-Starkey Hearing Foundation).

Hole in One Sponsors for 2015 are:  Border States Co-op, Investors Advisory Management Group, OAHS, Hanratty & Associates, Sanford Health Network, Big Stone Therapies, Rausch Granite, Berkner Pizza, Conroy Eye Care, Strong Inc., and Main Street Fitness of Clinton, LLC.   Hole sponsors are:  AAA Collections Inc., AOS, Ash Law Office, Dr. Anthony Hilleren-Bluestem Dental, Bierschbach Dental, CenBank, Communications Mid-America, Frandsen Bank & Trust, Hartman’s SuperValu Foods, Hasslen Construction, Lakewood Supper Club & Sioux Historic Pavilion, Minn-Kota Anesthesia, NXC Imaging, Off The Green, Ophthalmology Associates-Drs. Curt Wischmeier & Dr. John Bormes. Ortonville Plumbing & Heating, ProImage Partners, R & K Agronomy, Saputo Cheese USA Inc., Stattelman Lumber, Steven Winther DDS, Stolpman Insurance, Strata Corporation, Transmed Inc., Valley Office Products and Winthrop Resources Corporation.  Other sponsors and donors include:   Ortonville Independent, Northside Medical Center, MinnWest Bank, Hartman’s SuperValu Foods, Dakota Winds Golf Course, Dr. Robert Ross, Rausch Granite, Milbank Ford and NB Golf Cars.

Volunteers for this year’s Oak Tree were:  Deb Berning, Jerry Dragseth, Jim Foster, Julie Ann & DeAndre French, Larrie Bea Oase, Aidan Rakow, Rob Rakow, Sara Tollackson, Kristin Taffe and  Brittany Welberg.

Oak Tree Classic Committee Members are Dr. Greg Peterson (Chair), Steve Barr, Chris Batchelor, Dr. Chris Conroy, Tony Rausch, Val Rausch, Dr. Robert Ross, Coralie Sandberg, Ranet Schmeichel and John Thomas.

The Oak Tree Committee and BSHCF Board want to thank Adam Ellard and Andrew Buchholz and their crews for the beautiful course and the fabulous food.  As always, the Oak Tree would not be the successful fundraiser it has become without the support of all the donors, sponsors, golfers, silent auction bidders and volunteers –without you, none of this would be possible.   Tournament proceeds further the Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s mission to maintain and expand top quality, local healthcare through Physician Recruitment, Education Loans, Scholarships and Grants and funding Capital Equipment needs.

2015 Oak Tree Classic Sponsors

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Investors Advisory Management Group
Big Stone Therapies, Inc.
Border States Cooperative
Conroy Eye Care
Berkner Pizza
Main Street Fitness of Clinton, LLC
Rausch Bros. Monument
Strong, Inc.
Hanratty & Associates
Sanford Health Network

Hole Sponsors

Ophthamology Associates- Drs. Curt Wischmeier & John
Lakewood Supper Club & Sioux Historic Pavilion
ProImage Partners
Hartman’s Super Valu
Hasslen Construction Co., Inc.
Transmed, Inc.
R & K Agronomy
Off The Green
Stolpman Insurance
Strata Corporation
Frandsen Bank & Trust
Steven Winther, DDS
NXC Imaging
Dr. Mark Bierschbach
Saputo Cheese USA
Anthony Hilleren DDS-Bluestem Dental
Winthrop Resources Corporation
Ash Law Office
AAA Collections
Valley Office Products
Ortonville Plumbing & Heathing
Minn-Kota Anesthesia
Stattelman Lumber

Miscellaneous Sponsors

Minnwest Bank
Ortonville Independent
NB Golf Cars
Northside Medical Clinic

Prize Donors

Artie’s Bait & Tackle
Mi Mexico-Morris
Bella Cucina-Morris
Wade Swezey
Off the Green

If you would like to learn more about how YOUR business can make a difference with a sponsorship or volunteers, call Sally at 320-839-4135 or email


24th Annual Oak Tree Classic!

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This year’s Oak Tree Classic will be held Saturday, September 12 at the Ortonville Municipal Golf Course.  Send in your invitation or register on-line here.  To make your payment on-line, click the “Donate” button. oaktreeposter

There will once again be a $10,000 prize for the first hole in one on ANY hole, thanks to

  • Border States Cooperative
  • Investors Advisory Management Group
  • Hanratty & Associates
  • Sanford Health
  • OAHS
  • Big Stone Therapies, Inc./Main Street Fitness of Clinton, LLC
  • Rausch Granite/Strong, Inc.
  • Berkner Pizza/Conroy Eye Care

For more information on becoming an Oak Tree sponsor, contact Sally at or call 320-839-4135



The Legacy-for year 2014

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