|The beat goes on with MMHF|
|Written by Chris Lee|
When walking into the MMHF Legacy of Thanks Celebration Sunday, Nov. 22, one would’ve guessed the theme to be clocks. Well, clocks and the actual theme “The Beat Goes On,” went hand in hand as board members of MMHF thanked those present for their hard work throughout the year.
Each table had clocks on them as people brought their own clocks for table decorations. Stories were told about each clock by their owners. Some dated back over 100 years. Of course the biggest clock in the room was the one to be installed in the southwest corner of the parking lot at Melissa Memorial Hospital.
FBLA advisor Kristina Ham along with members Mark Edmonds and Alex Quintana spoke about the hard work the organization has done to make the clock tower project a success. Ham mentioned the youth she worked with are America’s future. The time spent and the amount of work by different groups of students over the past five years are reasons why the project is almost complete, she added.
Four marble benches will surround the clock which will sit atop a time capsule. Ham said there is still time to donate to the capsule which will be opened in 50 years.
MMHF Executive Director Cherrie Brown presented four awards to philanthropists who have spent countless hours giving their time, talents and treasures to MMH and MMHF. Award winners included:
Pat Notter R.N., Angel Award; The Oak Tree and Jody Fiscus, Outstanding Business; Albert and Annie Bahler, Outstanding Philanthropist; and Nancy Colglazier, MMHF Treasurer, Executive Director Award.
Brown said each award winner was a philanthropist and she thanked them all for their generosity.
MMH Administrator John Ayoub thanked many people saying community support is what keeps the hospital running. “You are the heart that pumps the blood,” he said. He added the beat goes on. The hospital keeps hearts beating and the community keeps the hospital beating.
Nancy Colglazier announced the 2009 scholarship recipients. Brittany Young, Cierra Sullivan and Krista Schafer were the three $500 scholarship winners. Young and Sullivan were unable to attend and submitted letters which were read by Colglazier, thanking the foundation. Young attends the University of Nebraska at Kearney while Sullivan is at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Schafer said she plans to attend Concordia University to major in physical therapy.
Entertainment for the afternoon included half of Theresa Tharp’s fifth grade class under the direction of Patricia Wiebers. They sang Splish Splash, Mash Potatoes and Bear Necessities. Ardie Besse brought laughter to the crowd during She’s got Your Beat and Still Comin.
Rev. Paul Sung of First United Methodist Church provided the invocation.
Three clocks were raffled off with winners being Paul Sung, Vivian Bahler and Shirley Claymon.