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Shelby County Health Foundation’s 2016 Cham-pain-less Virtual Ball

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“Virtual Ball” to raise funds – Health Foundation unveils new fundraising effort

For many years, the Shelby County Health Foundation has been dedicated to helping support healthcare resources that benefit patients and their families, employees, volunteers, and the communities they serve in Shelby County.

Virtual Ball
This year, instead of hosting a formal charity affair to raise money for Shelby County’s healthcare, they’ve chosen to eliminate the high costs for entertainment, facility rental, refreshments and decorations, and instead reinvented the charity ball concept to be “virtual.”

Virtual means you don’t have to attend a ball or gala, to support the many Foundation projects. Simply make a donation to the “2016 Cham-painless Virtual Ball” all from the comfort of your easy chair.

Foundation board member Terry Torneten said, “The Cham-pain-less Virtual Ball is a celebration of our local healthcare. Our focus is to make a difference in the health and well-being of our community.”

“We are choosing to allocate all the funds donated to healthcare instead of hosting a glitzy event with the expenses of dinner and entertainment,” he said.

“We want to have some fun and make a positive impact for
residents of Shelby County.”

Donors will instead choose items to buy from a shopping guide full of special themed decorations, entertainment and refreshments to help support
the virtual ball.

Optimistic for success
“We hope the virtual ball is successful because donors don’t have to leave their easy chairs at home to have some fun and support the many programs funded by the Foundation,” said Shelby Co. Health Foundation President Todd Argotsinger.

“What you would normally spend to attend a fancy charity ball, such as paying for a babysitter, dress, or a suit and tie, can now be donated and go directly to funding the healthcare programs in our county.”

Shopping guides for the virtual ball are available at the following businesses: Farmers Trust Savings Bank, Midstates Bank, Shelby County State Bank, Hough & Zaccone Investment Management and the library.

Guides are also being mailed to annual Foundation donors as well as Myrtue Medical Center employees and vendors.

If you wish to receive a shopping guide contact Jani Sorfonden at 755-4598 or email:

Argotsinger added, “All donations are welcomed, even if some people may not wish
to play along with the Virtual Ball.”

Past contributions
In prior years, the following projects received funding by the Shelby County Health Foundation to support the healthcare in our community: equipment and vehicles for area ambulance services, scholarship funds for college students in the healthcare field, AEDs for area schools, fitness equipment for Elk Horn’s Little Mermaid recreational trail and equipment for fire and rescue squads special operation teams.

Also facility renovations of Myrtue Medical Center, Petersen Family Wellness Center construction.

Annual fundraiser
This is the Foundation’s annual fundraiser and checks should be made out to Shelby County Health Foundation and mailed to the Foundation at 1213 Garfield Ave, Harlan, IA 51537. All donations are tax-deductible.

The Shelby County Health Foundation is governed by a volunteer board which works with Myrtue Medical, other health care providers and area residents to determine how the Foundation can help most effectively provide grants, gifts, or bequests for the healthcare needs of Shelby County.