Annually, the staff of Wesley Towers participates in a pledge drive that helps to raise money for the United Way of Reno County. Year after year, the bar is set high and we are always looking for new activities and events to help increase fundraising efforts.
The 2019 campaign is wrapping up and preliminary numbers are coming in at over $16,000. "Whether staff is able to give $1.00 a pay period of their 'fair share' or 'fair share plus,' every dollar makes a difference," said Karen Reade, VP of Human Resources. Ninety-nine percent of the money raised stays right here in Reno County to help impact the 26 local partner agencies such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Reno County, Cancer Council of Reno County, Elmdale Senior Center and Hutchinson Meals on Wheels, to name a few.
This year, the week-long campaign consisted of lots of food, fun and prizes, We kicked off the campaign with a pizza party for staff and the chance to win a 50" TV and wrapped up the week with a Friday Fun-Day carnival extravaganza with exciting carnival games, fair foods and more prizes! New events incorporated this year were a silent auction of one-of-a-kind wreaths created by Hope Jordan, Life Enrichment Coordinator, and the Rise and Shine pancake breakfast with special guests from local First Responders. Stories were shared over breakfast and pictures were even shared of loved ones who once served the community as well. Thank you to the Hutchinson Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and Reno County EMS for sending their crews over to visit with residents. "We always enjoy when First Responders come to visit with us." said Lacey Depenbusch, VP of Public Relations.
Jason Hoffman, with the Kansas Highway Patrol, is pictured with resident Lola Shanley, as Lola was showing Trooper Hoffman a picture of her late husband, Bill Shanley, who served many years with the Kansas Highway Patrol. "All retirees and their families are very special to each of us within KHP. Lola is no exception and is definitely full of stories. It was a pleasure to meet her and enjoy breakfast with a good friend, Norm."
"Everyone was outstanding and we look forward to coming back and spending more time at your facility." stated Trooper Hoffman.
Staff is pictured above accepting the plaque from the United Way of Reno County in recognition of our last years campaign where we were recognized as a top contributor in 2018.