Kremmling/Eric Murray: Medical foundation goes county-wide |

Kremmling/Eric Murray: Medical foundation goes county-wide

The end of 2007 marked my first year combining my public relations job at the hospital with the Middle Park Medical Foundation directorship (volunteer). While our humble Foundation doesn’t claim to be a multimillion dollar organization, we do believe we make a difference in the community. (We aspire to be that multimillion dollar organization with the ability to help more and more people however.)

For now we start slowly but surely developing the business. In 2007 the Foundation awarded nearly a dozen grant requests, gathered thousands of dollars for Cliffview Assisted Living Center (the region’s only assisted living facility), got some great press in the local paper, designed a new logo and even received some contributions ” not bad for a nonprofit with total assets of merely $129,509.

Now at the beginning of 2008, I’ve volunteered to another year of directing the foundation with some fundamental goals:

1) Get more money into the Foundation

2) Give more money to those in need

3) Open the Foundation to the entire county

Get more

First of all I believe people want to give. Those with money have it and replenish it frequently with surplus by method of a belief system that subscribes to golden rules, in particular those that basically say, “In order to receive you must first give”.

I suspect the main reason for low overall contributions to the Foundation in the past was lack of understanding of how to donate and the reasons why they should donate.

As Foundation Director I am dedicated to providing ways for people to donate and making the reasons known.

I will work toward this in 2008 by setting up an information Web site with a variety of ways to donate as well as publishing newsletters and public announcements. (I’m also an amateur photographer, often seen around the county with my camera around my neck. I will post pictures of people and organizations who need assistance as well as those who are receiving the assistance, (with their approval). I will post these images on the Web site so people can actually see some of the great things people are doing.)

Give more

Secondly, there are many causes that need assistance. Cliffview Assisted Living Center is one of the many organizations that have received help from the Foundation. There are others I’m sure and they stretch county-wide.

According to bylaws the Foundation, (non-profit, 501(c)(3)) is, “dedicated to the advancement of medical care, health care education and the relief of the poor in need of medical care in Grand County”. The Foundation is now accepting 2008 grant requests from individuals or organizations county-wide. Send requests to PO Box 252, Kremmling, 80459.

Open up county-wide

The primary purpose of the Middle Park Medical Foundation, (founded 1991), is to support Kremmling Memorial Hospital. Since the hospital has had its outreach department, Timberline Family Practice in Granby going on two years now, technically making the hospital a county-wide health care provider, I want to invite people county-wide to Kremmling for the annual Foundation event.

Join us for a great country-style buffet of prime rib and salmon with Peg Toft auctioneering off a few items by means of auction chants, (“hey bidder, bidder, dollar bidder will ya’ give-me five give-me fivefive ana-quartah hey!”), surprise musical entertainment and more. This year Rocky Mountain Bar and Grill, behind the new Chamber of Commerce building on Kremmling Avenue, is sponsoring the event.

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 10, 6 p.m. – 8:00/8:30. Call me for tickets while still available.

“Even though it is a fundraising dinner, we try to keep the ticket price down so we don’t alienate anyone in our community who has the desire to attend,” says Foundation Treasurer Jan Gross. Tickets are only 40 bucks each.

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