Kremmling/Eric Murray: Medical foundation gains members and contributions
She approached me with tears welling up in her eyes and the look of commitment on her face. My family has gone through some tough medical situations recently and now I want to help others, the woman said handing me a check at the Middle Park Medical Foundation dinner and fundraiser last Monday night at the Rocky Mountain Bar and Grill in Kremmling.Many people made contributions that night. In fact it was the most given at a foundation dinner in recent memory.The lovely Ms. Inell Harvey, local newspaper columnist legend with nearly 1,415 published columns to her name, addressed the sold-out audience and kicked off the giving spree in her closing statement, Just to show you that I believe in what the Foundation is doing, I want to be the first tonight to give a check.Later in the evening Peg Toft took the microphone and captured the audience’s attention with several lively rounds of good old-fashioned auctioneering. A gift basket donated by Grand Mountain Bank, the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce and the Kremmling Mercantile brought hundreds. Other auction items were donated by Tree House Bed and Breakfast, Wolford Camp Ground, Big Shooters Coffee, R & J Liquors, Flying Crane Boutiques, Flowers by Marcia and others.But the promise of great things to come for the Foundation wasn’t limited only to donations of money. When Dave Hammer, Foundation president asked the audience if anyone was interested in filling the vacant seat on the Foundation Board of Directors, Amy Butler, chief financial officer of Kremmling Memorial Hospital, volunteered to take the seat.She was voted in unanimously by all the members. Jan Gross accepted another term in her position as treasurer and, in a surprise turn of events, Bill Widener, CEO of Kremmling Memorial Hospital, volunteered to join the board and was also voted in unanimously. Hammer was applauded for his service spanning several terms of office with the Foundation since 1996.I have mentioned in previous columns that I believe the Foundation can become a significant part of Grand County’s medical future. For now I realize we are small potatoes relative to other foundations, but I believe that a larger, more significant foundation with the ability to contribute more and more to the growth, development and well-being of Grand County health care will develop over time. This year’s dinner was a good start in a positive direction.
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