McGregor area gifts support local health care

Bann’s co-owners Lisa Enderle (left), Riverwood Foundation Director Katie Nelson (middle), and Chrissy Pierce (right).

Bann’s co-owners Lisa Enderle (left), Riverwood Foundation Director Katie Nelson (middle), and Chrissy Pierce (right).

Recently, Bann’s Bar and Restaurant of McGregor donated $600 to Riverwood Healthcare Center. These funds have been dedicated to breast health for residents in Aitkin County and surrounding communities.

“We want to give back to an organization that we know will support the people of our community,” says Chrissy Pierce, Bann’s co-owner. “We have had so many family members and friends who have been affected by breast cancer so we felt it was the best place to donate our dollars.”

Bann’s Bar and Restaurant serves a Friday night burrito dinner special. In the month of October, Bann’s donated $1 for every special served on Friday nights to Riverwood and breast health.

Another gift to Riverwood from the Tamarack Sno-Flyers demonstrates an ongoing commitment to excellent health care in Aitkin County. Board Chair Denny Pepera presented a check for $2,000 to Foundation Director Katie Nelson.

Tamarack Sno-Flyers Board Chair Denny Pepera and Riverwood Foundation Director Katie Nelson

Tamarack Sno-Flyers Board Chair Denny Pepera and Riverwood Foundation Director Katie Nelson

The Sno-Flyers have designated the funds to support a new Remote Fetal Monitoring System for the hospital nursing department. This is a technology that is becoming more commonly used and is making labor safer for women, supporting better outcomes for both mothers and their babies.