E-Star Committee Members & Donors – Anna Harvala & Amy McKay

E-Star Committee Members Amy McKay Anna Harvala

E-Star Committee Members Amy McKay Anna Harvala

A man of humanity is one who…desiring attainment for himself, helps others to attain.
– Confucius

It was with that thought in mind, and the realization we had a powerful and important group of donors right here at home, that the Hutchinson Health Foundation launched our E-Star Campaign and Giving Program in 2004.

With the E-Star Campaign, employees of companies and organizations are invited to contribute to the Hutchinson Health Foundation through automatic payroll deduction. We encourage employers to get involved by committing to match the donations of their employees.

Donations are directed to the Foundation’s general fund which supports the areas of greatest need in Hutchinson Health.

We recently sat down with two of our long time E-Star Campaign donors Anna Harvala and Amy McKay to find out what drives them to give a portion of each paycheck to the Hutchinson Health Foundation.

Anna Harvala, a Hutchinson Health employee who has been on the committee since its 2004 inception had this to say:

“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 health care local is important to me, as keeping health care local is what keeps a community vibrant. It provides accessibility to many health services for individuals and provides economic growth for the community.”

She went on to share:

“I have enjoyed my time on the E-Star Committee and helping to educate employees on the Foundation and how their service area can benefit from the support of the Foundation. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of employees at Hutchinson Health, and our E-Star Campaign success certainly shows that.”

Amy McKay, another long time E-Star participant and Committee member, as well as Hutchinson Health employee mirrored those thoughts.

“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 health care.

Keeping health care local is important as it not only provides great service to our community, but it also provides numerous jobs.

I live in a very generous community and feel fortunate that I can further contribute to that. In addition, I have found a lot of personal achievement and enjoyed the fun and friendships made by serving on the E-Star Committee.”

If you are interested in learning more about or participating in the E-Star Campaign, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438.