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BWTelcom’s hospital challenge grant within $5,450 of goal PDF Print E-mail
Hospi-riety Show raises more than $4,500, plus $15,000 donation from community foundation

By Russ Pankonin

The Imperial Republican

After this weekend’s Slice Fore Life hospital foundation benefit golf tournament, BWTelcom’s $25,000 challenge grant for new hospital equipment should be met.
On Friday, the Imperial Rotary Club, in cooperation with the Chase County Hospital Foundation, held a Hospi-riety Show at the school auditorium. All proceeds went towards the challenge grant.
The event raised more than $4,500 towards the goal. In a surprise announcement during the event, the Imperial Community Foundation Fund presented the hospital foundation with a $15,000 gift.
Those two donations brought the foundation within $5,450 of meeting the challenge grant in less than a month of its announcement.
BWTelcom Owner Randal Raile just announced the $25,000 challenge grant in early June. The challenge has been designated for equipment at Chase County Community Hospital.
Randy Vlasin, executive director of the hospital foundation, said he was totally taken by surprise by the $15,000 donation from the community foundation fund.
He said the challenge grant should be met after completion of the foundation’s golf tournament planned for Saturday in Imperial. In addition, other people have also made contributions to help meet the challenge.
BWTelcom’s challenge grant came at a great time, Vlasin told Friday night’s crowd.
The hospital needs to replace its gastroscope in the surgery department. A gastroscope is a critical piece of equipment for the surgical department and is an important diagnostic tool used by surgeons on a regular basis. It essentially allows a surgeon to look inside the body during a procedure.
It can also be used in emergency situations such as removing blockages in the esophagus.
Friday’s fundraiser was billed as “a little talent show featuring friends with a little talent.”
The show included a variety of music, from the piano to the saxophone along with vocal renditions.
Other acts included a lip-sync by a quartet of lady Rotarians, oral readings, a jump rope demonstration and a surgical skit by Dr. Jon Richman and hospital staff.
In addition to admission, the event raised money through a silent auction with items donated by local businesses.
Community fund donation
Lori Pankonin, representing the Imperial Community Foundation Fund, said the $15,000 gift is made possible by donors who have supported the foundation’s unrestricted endowment.
The funds represent a portion of the return on the endowment’s investments. To date, the unrestricted endowment totals more than $459,000. The principal amount remains untouched, with only the investment return reinvested back into the community.
Since its inception in 1999, the community foundation has returned more than $255,000 to the community. Total assets of the foundation now exceed $778,000.
The hospital foundation has also grown during Vlasin’s tenure here.
In the last five years, the foundation has received more than $525,000 in grant money, has established a permanent endowment of more than $36,000 and has returned more than $126,000 to the hospital and clinic in direct support for equipment and program support, such as WELLS Angels health and wellness program.
The foundation has also paid out more than $33,000 for staff scholarships and support for cancer patients.