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Jan 23 2021

A very heartfelt “Thank You!” to the Worthington Elks for their generous donation

By The Sunset Hospice Cottage Board of Directors

Covid has changed every nook and cranny of life as we knew it; we will never again take life’s simple pleasures for granted.  Fundraising for worthy causes is one of those simple pleasures that has proven more challenging than we could have imagined; no banquets, no Christmas house walks, no bake sales and minimal face to face conversations.  Furthermore, with a local community also feeling the effects on their pocketbooks, you can imagine that donations in the last year are more than a little short of average.  This is why we were so excited and appreciative to receive a $3500 donation from the Worthington Elks #2287! Their generous donation speaks volumes to their mission of being community first.

According to Pete Suby, Exalted Ruler of the Lodge #2287, “Part of our mission is to serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.  When we give to the Sunset Hospice Cottage’s endowment fund, we know our gift is being used for the greatest benefit of the local community.  100% of donations go directly to local families and residents in need.”

One objective of the Cottage is to never turn anyone away due to financial limitations.  The endowment fund is used exclusively for families who may not have the resources to support their loved ones in their final chapter of life.  Since Christmas almost 30% of our residents at the Cottage are there because of the support of the endowment.  This generous gift from the Elks allows us to carry on this objective for even more residents in the future.

God willing, we are planning an outdoor fundraising banquet in late summer ’21, and we will share details as plans develop.  If your heart is too big to contain your generosity until then, all donations are warmly appreciated anytime of the year.

Thank you again to the Elks #2247 for your significant support of our Worthington Community.


Pictured left to right: Chip Peters, Susanne Murphy, Bev Watje, Val Watje, Judy Alm, Pete Suby, Alan Oberloh, Dave Serrano, Cindy DeGroot, Roger Harvey, Wayne Koehne, David Janssen, Stacey Heinrichs, Dan Fauskee

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