The Thayer County Hospital Foundation added its meal to the main course of events after omitting it the last couple of years, and the group is glad they did. Sunday night, the annual variety show and dinner was sold out, a goal the Foundation hoped for.
Held at the Thayer Central High School gymnasium, round tables with no extra seating filled the room. As the dinner got underway, so too did the entertainment, specifically the Thayer Central Rhythmaires and the Deshler Show Choir. Both music and dance teams performed show numbers while the audience finished its meal.
Following the local talent, awards were handed out, a special presentation was made, raffle drawings were held and special entertainment, “Streetside” performed. The vocal group features music from the 1950s, the theme for this year’s program. Hospital staff dressed the part while they waited on and served the audience.
Winning this year’s award for “Volunteer of the Year,” Don Deepe, Deshler, was named for his devotion to providing the Foundation with transportation needs during events and programs. “He never complains about driving here or there,” said Foundation president Steve Anderson, “and always has a vehicle to help us out.”
During a special presentation to the hospital, Tregan Albers, Davenport, presented the board with a check for $2,500. Albers won the funds in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program through Monsanto. The program allows farmers the opportunity to gift funds to any non-profit organization of their choice. Albers chose Thayer County Health Services after discovering he was selected as this year’s winner.
The program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make to society by helping them grow their local communities.
More than 20,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. Sunday, Monsanto representative Ken Kniep, Hebron, presented the check to Albers who, in turn, gave it to TCHS.
Anderson, summarizing the virtues of a local, rural hospital, quoted Thayer County physician, Dr. Timothy Sullivan stating, “If you research successful hospitals, you will find they all have one thing in common, great community support. Without it, a hospital is just four walls filled with a lot of expensive equipment. At Thayer County Health Services, we know our accomplishments are because others care about what we do. Our success is their success.”