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Samaritan Health Clinic wraps up successful first annual cash raffle
May 23, 2014

The enthusiasm for this year’s new Samaritan Health Clinic $150,000 Cash Raffle was contagious, as was evidenced by the tremendous success of this Agnesian HealthCare Foundation fund-raiser.

The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation has supported the Samaritan Health Clinic for the past 18 years through its annual house raffle. In fact, it has helped to raise more than $1.5 million to provide patients in financial need with important basic health services, medications and urgent dental needs.

Now, thanks to the success of this year’s cash raffle, the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation will be adding another $107,000 to benefit the Samaritan Health Clinic.

“We appreciate the community’s generous support of the Samaritan Health Clinic,” says Rita Meidam, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director. “After 18 years of our house raffle, we felt it was time to put a new twist on our annual Samaritan Health Clinic fund-raiser through this cash raffle. And, this approach gave an energy that was truly contagious. Supporters appreciated the opportunity to win a total of 25 cash prizes, which can be used for limitless possibilities.”

More than 5,900 tickets were sold in this year’s raffle. Alyssa Stephenson, of Fond du Lac, was drawn as the first grand prize winner, being randomly drawn for the $100,000 cash prize.

As part of the cash raffle, ticket purchasers can win up to $150,000 in various cash prizes. First prize will be $100,000, with the second prize at $15,000. Remaining prizes are as such: third prize, $10,000; fourth prize, $5,000; fifth prize, $4,000; sixth prize, $3,000; seventh prize, $2,000; eighth to 11th prize, $1,000; and 12th to 25th prize, $500.

The Samaritan Health Clinic’s goal is to meet their basic healthcare needs before they become a bigger concern or a long-term health issue.

“We know that as providers, we can more successfully care for our patients the sooner we are able to address their specific needs,” says Brita McCullough, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Agnesian HealthCare, who served as co-chair of the 2014 Samaritan Health Clinic $150,000 Cash Raffle. “There are many individuals that need this type of help, and we can help them through this journey.”

Extending a level of compassion and support makes the world of difference for many Samaritan Health Clinic patients. “We embrace the patients we serve, looking at all their needs, whether physical, emotional or spiritual,” says Joe Kemp, MD, an Agnesian HealthCare orthopedic surgeon and 2014 cash raffle co-chair. “We support our patients in any way we can.”
 
Photo caption: Alyssa Stephenson (center), of Fond du Lac, grand prize winner of the 2014 Samaritan Health Clinic $150,000 Cash Raffle, is shown with Drs. Joe Kemp (left) and Brita McCullough (right), both 2014 cash raffle co-chairs.

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