A Message From Grateful Donor – Kyle Wendling

Kyle Wendling, HHF Board Member and Patrons of Promise Member

Kyle Wendling, HHF Board Member and Patrons of Promise Member

There may be a number of reasons you recognize Kyle Wendling’s name. Not only is Kyle a native of Hutchinson and co-owner of Wendling Insurance Services Inc. on Main Street, but he is also a Hutchinson Health Foundation Board member and Patrons of Promise member.

Kyle’s generosity to the Foundation comes from a love of his hometown and a desire to help members of the community. When asked about why Kyle decides to give gifts of time and money to organizations such as the Foundation, Kyle said, “How can you call Hutchinson home and not want to get involved? There are so many opportunities here to engage in organizations that have a direct, positive impact on our friends and neighbors. I choose to give back to the Foundation because I work with a lot of individuals who have concerns about healthcare after retiring. The Foundation does a wondering job at providing support to Hutchinson Health and the community as a whole to advance health in our area.”

When asked about what he is most proud of about our community, Kyle shared, “I believe our community sees the importance of striving to constantly improve quality of life for all individuals, including the new Cancer Center and inpatient addition, remodeled high school, and a great park system. Having quality healthcare at a local level is essential for our community to grow and attract new people to the area.”

Thank you, Kyle, for your dedication and contributions to the Foundation!

If you are interested in learning more about our Patrons of Promise program or other donation opportunities, please email or call Rachel Gemuenden at 320.484.4438

A Message From Our Grateful Donors – The ONE Campaign

The ONE Campaign – Hutchinson Health Employees

April 1st saw the rebranding and launch of what has been a successful and popular employee giving program. The ONE Campaign launched exactly one year after joining the Health Partners Family and was formerly referred to as our E-Star Campaign. All donations contributed by our employees stay right here at Hutchinson Health and have a direct impact on our facilities. Improvements to Hutchinson Health, like the recent Cancer Center, and the now in process new Inpatient Unit are made a reality because of the generous support of our employees.

We asked a few of our employees to share why they choose to not only dedicate their time to Hutchinson Health on a daily basis, but also make a recurring, employee-directed financial contribution. A collection of their thoughts can be found below.   

“The Foundation does wonderful things within Hutchinson Health and has a huge impact on everyone. I choose to support their efforts because it means a lot to me that our monetary donation stays within the Hutchinson Hospital.” ~ Tammy Stifter, Staffing Scheduler

“I am a strong advocate and believer in philanthropy! Being able to help others by the gifts of time and money brings a sense of satisfaction.  As a lifelong member of this community and as a dedicated employee of Hutchinson Health, I want to see healthcare thrive.” ~ Kara Neubarth, Clinics and RT Operation Services Manager

“I believe donating gifts of time and money demonstrates my commitment not only to my work as an employee, but to our patients, their families and my fellow co-workers. I believe in the mission of the Foundation and the work that they do. I feel that to make our organization stronger, it is crucial to support them at every level from donating time to donating financially.

The Foundation’s focus to keep healthcare local is important to me, as keeping healthcare local is what keeps a community vibrant. It provides accessibility to many health services for individuals and provides economic growth for the community.” ~ Anna Harvala, Human Relations Representative

“I feel that giving gifts of time and money to organizations such as the Foundation is a small way I can help out a wonderful cause. The Foundation does a lot of great things and gives back to our community and healthcare.

Keeping healthcare local is important as it not only provides great service to our community, but it also provides numerous jobs.” ~ Amy McKay, Administrative Assistant

If you are interested in learning more about or participating in The ONE Campaignemail or call Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438. This program is not limited to Hutchinson Health employees, and other businesses and community organizations can also enroll in our payroll deduction program!

A Message From One of Our Grateful Donors – The Mulders

Dr. Steven & Evelyn Mulder

Dr. Steven & Evelyn Mulder

It is no secret that our donors are what make our Foundation successful.  Without their support, whether it be through our donor clubs, our E-Star program, by supporting our fundraising events, or simply a one time donation, we would cease to exist. Those of you new to the Foundation may not understand the impact that would have on our community. Every year we give away thousands of dollars in grants (thanks to our donors) that go to support the growth of health care in our community and make it a better place.

So as we continue forward with a new year, we will continue to bring you stories about our grant recipients, and how your donations make a critical impact; as well as stories from our donors and why they choose to partner with us, like the one below. If you would ever like to learn more about the Foundation, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Many of you know Dr. Mulder as the President of Hutchinson Health. In addition, he and his wife Evelyn are avid supporters of the Foundation and long time Circle of Friends Members. With an upcoming April retirement, we wanted to take this opportunity to sit down with Dr. Mulder and get his perspective about donating to an organization that is so near and dear to his heart. Dr. Mulder wanted to share the following: [Read more…]

A Message From One of Our Grateful Donors – Citizens Bank & Trust

The Citizens Bank & Trust Business Team from left to right: Anthony Hanson, Tim Ulrich, Buzz Burich, and Mike Cannon

If you have resided in Hutchinson for any length of time, you most likely have been impacted by one of the numerous organizations, facilities and community events that Citizens Bank & Trust supports. It’s no secret that they love this community, and want to see it thrive. The Foundation has been thankful to have their support as an Annual Event Sponsor for many years.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Cannon to discuss why he and the Bank continually support the Foundation and our endeavors. He shared the following:

“We feel our community has a lot to offer, which includes good industry, education and health care. All of these are a vital component to a strong community, and something we take into consideration when making donations. The Bank wishes to aid in enhancing the health care offering in the community with our donations; and we believe gifts directly to the Foundation are the best route for us to support our local health care. After all, having a strong health care system truly helps the community grow and prosper.”

We can’t thank organizations like Citizens Bank & Trust enough for helping us stay successful in our efforts to carry through our mission.

If you are interested in exploring more about becoming an annual event sponsor or event sponsorship, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438

A Message From One of Our Grateful Donors – The Fortuns’

Longterm Foundation Supporters Wayne and Terry Fortun

Long-term Foundation Supporters Wayne and Terry Fortun

While we are extremely grateful for each and every donor that supports the Foundation, we feel exceptionally blessed for our relationships with long-term donors. Their support and commitment to our cause and efforts year after year are invaluable. Wayne and Terry Fortun fall into that donor group, and recently blessed the foundation with a very substantial donation to the new Cancer Center. We had the opportunity to sit down with Wayne and Terry to learn more about what drives their desire to support our organization. Wayne shared the following:

[Read more…]

Helping Hutch Health and Health Care Thrive

A message from our grateful donors – The E-Stars

E-Star Employees participating in the Winter Olympics Relay. Hutchinson Health Staff is set to raise over $56,000 in 2018.

E-Star Employees participating in the Winter Olympics Relay. Hutchinson Health Staff is set to raise over $56,000 in 2018.

The Foundation is fortunate to have several donor groups who support our mission and efforts on a continual basis. The Hutchinson Health E-Stars is one such group, and their commitment to the Foundation has a large impact that is felt throughout the community. Through the E-Star (employee giving) program, employees are able to make one-time or recurring gifts, payroll deductions and PTO contributions.  In the past five years our E-Stars have donated over $200,000 to the Foundation! The funds foster our grant and scholarship programs, and 2017 and 2018 funds will be applied towards the new Cancer Center.

We recently sat down for a quick Q&A with 2 Hutchinson Health Employee E-Stars – Kara Neubarth, Clinics and RT Operation Services Manager, and Stefanie Frank, Medical Staff & Accreditation Specialist. We wanted to learn why they choose to participate in this program, and what impact they believe doing so has on our community. [Read more…]

Our Grateful Donors – Guests Of Our 2017 Havana Nights Gala

Guests of our 2017 Havana Nights Gala

Guests of our 2017 Havana Nights Gala

If you are a regular reader of our quarterly newsletters you know that each quarter we feature one of our many Grateful Donors that make our work possible. As we sat down to plan this quarter’s newsletter, it was shortly after our Havana Nights Gala, held on November 18th. The energy and support we felt in the room that night was still fresh in our minds, and we realized it was nearly impossible to feature just ONE donor this month. Instead we wanted to take a moment to recognize EACH and every ONE of our guests that attended.  That night would not have been such an amazing success without the time donated by our Gala committee members to make it such a fun evening for so many – we had a record setting attendance! Nor could it have been such a success without the financial donations from all of our guests that evening.  The evening raised $121,161 in proceeds (more than double the $52,035 raised at the 2015 Grand Slam Gala)! 

Going into the Gala we had some pretty lofty goals, and we anticipated that it would be a great night of fundraising for the new Cancer Center, to which that night’s proceeds are going. And while we were confident and optimistic about the evening, we were deeply moved by your generous support during the Fund-A-Need. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend that evening, Auctioneer Jim Fahey commanded the room with a very moving presentation, and a simple question “If you, or someone you know, life has been touched by cancer, won’t you consider helping fund just a half a square foot of the new Center?” To do so, all the attendees needed to do was raise 1 finger for each $250 donation they wished to pledge. The number of fingers that went up across the room…well there aren’t really words to describe it. It was inspiring to say the least. So to our donors that night – THANK YOU – what a fantastic kick off to move us along in this capital campaign! Thank you for your donations, and thank you for your continued support.

Our Amazing Donors

If you wish you could have participated in the fund-a-need that night, it isn’t too late. You can still make a donation to the new Cancer Center at Hutchinson Health by clicking the button below. With a $250 gift you are directly responsible for funding half a square foot in the new center and able to be a part of a great and impactful cause.

Make a Donation

 

A Message From Our Grateful Donors – The Lueneburgs

Circle of Friends Members Brad and Jeri Lueneburg

Circle of Friends Members Brad and Jeri Lueneburg

The Foundation would cease to function, and cease to serve our community without the help of some very key players. Our dedicated Board members and our loyal donors just happen to be two that play a very vital part in our existence, and supporting the advancement of health care excellence through philanthropy. This quarter we would like to take moment and recognize the Lueneburgs, who happen to fulfill both of these roles. Brad has served on our Board since 2009, and both he and his wife Jeri support the foundation financially as members of our Circle of Friends Donor Program. In addition, they operate a locally owned pharmacy which helps further foster health in our community.

We recently sat down with the Lueneburgs to learn what drives them to give their gifts of both time and money to organizations such as the Foundation. Brad shared the following: [Read more…]

A Message From One of Our Grateful Donors – Cash Wise

Cash Wise Hutchinson

Cash Wise is a hole sponsor for our upcoming 26th Annual Scramble For Life Golf Tournament

We recently sat down with Glenn Woelfel, the Store Director for Cash Wise Foods in Hutchinson to discuss why he and his business continually support the Foundation and our endeavors. When working on our numerous fundraising events, Glenn and Cash Wise have always been extremely open to helping out in numerous ways. In fact, Cash Wise Foods is a hole sponsor for the 26th Annual Scramble for Life Golf Tournament coming up in August, and has been an avid supporter of our Annual Share N’ Care Dinner and Gala events as well.

When we asked Glenn why he and Cash Wise are ardent supporters of the Foundation, he shared the following: [Read more…]

Thank You to Our E-Stars

In February, we wrapped up another successful year of our Employee Giving Campaign at Hutchinson Health. Our employee’s are set to donate over $52,000 in 2017! And in the past 5 years, they have raised over $200,000! These funds build our scholarship and grant programs, and are essential to the work we do. A huge thank you to our E-Stars who make this possible!

Thank you to our E-Stars!