Published on January 04, 2018

Essentia Health-Fosston Tree Walk raises more than $18,000

Essentia Health-Fosston held its 16th annual Tree Walk for Hospice on Dec. 3 at Magelssen Elementary School. The event included a pancake breakfast provided by the Fosston-Lengby Lions Club, a silent auction, a visit from Santa, games for kids and a Celebration of Life ceremony.

Fresh-cut trees were donated by Mienert Electric and Larry Oppegaard. Trees were decorated in a variety of themes by individuals, businesses, and organizations for the auction. Proceeds from the trees, auction items, donations and angels purchased in honor of loved ones raised more than $18,000.

"We are humbled and extremely grateful for the tremendous community support of our hospice program," says Kristi Mienert, a registered nurse at Essentia Health and hospice manager.

The Tree Walk for Hospice raises money to provide hospice care for individuals with a terminal illness and their families. Insurance reimbursement does not cover the full amount needed to provide hospice care so fundraising bridges the gap. 

Special thank you to Fosston-Lengby Lions for the pancake breakfast and tree delivery; Mireault's Home Furnishing for donating a percentage of its proceeds from “Light up the Night;” Mienert Electric and Larry Oppegaard for donating the trees; Magelssen Elementary staff for their assistance with the event; and all those that decorated trees, donated silent auction items or attended the event.