Area civic groups step up to challenge

Aitkin Lions member Tom Brand presents $2,000 check to Riverwood Foundation Manager Katie Nelson.

McGregor Lions members Elsa Sorenson and Larry Turner present a $2,000 check to Riverwood Foundation Board member Robert Lewis (far left).

Sno-Flyers members Al Rinta and Denny Pepera present a $1,000 check to Riverwood Foundation Manager Katie Nelson.

Riverwood Foundation has much to be thankful for this holiday season. Over the past month, the Aitkin Lions Club, McGregor Lions Clubs and Tamarack Sno-Flyers have all made generous gifts to Riverwood Foundation for the Better Together Capital Campaign totaling $5,000. In addition, these contributions have been matched dollar for dollar by the Otto Bremer Foundation, which pledged a $300,000 matching grant to the campaign earlier this year.

 With the support of these civic groups and other local healthcare supporters, the Foundation has raised more than $1.4 million toward its campaign goal of $2.2 million.

 The Foundation hopes to reach the Bremer challenge by December 31, which will bring the total amount raised to $1.6 million to support the hospital expansion project.

 For more information about the project and to make a tax-deductible gift, visit or call the Foundation office at (218) 927-5554.