Dakota Medical Foundation recently presented six groups and one individual with Star Awards. The Star Award honors people or organizations who demonstrate exemplary leadership in impacting health and quality of life in our region.
To the family of Shannon Fettes-Farha, including Farha’s husband Patrick Farha, her parents sisters and daughters, for establishing the Shannon Fettes-Farha Angel Sponsorship — the program’s first angel sponsorship — to DMF’s Lend A Hand program. Fettes-Farha was the recipient of a Lend A Hand-assisted benefit in 2015. After she passed away in 2016, her family donated more than $5,000 to the Lend A Hand program in her honor. Their gift, which was matched by DMF, will ease significant burdens on families experiencing a medical crisis.
To the Cullen Children’s Foundation, without whom the Lend A Hand For Kids partnership would not exist. The Cullen Children’s Foundation, founded by Matt and Bridget Cullen, is dedicated to uplifting critically ill children and their families. Since 2008, the Cullen Children’s Foundation has provided $230,000 to sustain and expand the Lend A Hand For Kids program.
To Gate City Bank, which has been a major sponsor of Giving Hearts Day. Gate City has energized the public to support charities throughout North Dakota and into northwest Minnesota by hosting Giving Hearts Day giveaways with overwhelming success.
To Fargo Scheels All Sports, for encouraging charity boards to be actively engaged with their Giving Hearts Day campaigns. Scheels provides financial incentives to charities which have 100 percent board participation on Giving Hearts Day.
To the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation, managed by DMF, for their fight to save soldiers from the invisible wounds of war. Their work to educate and treat post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans is saving the lives of veterans in our region and giving them a path out of mental anguish to peace and productive, fulfilling lives.
To Elizabeth Bossart Mathison, for establishing the Marv Bossart Foundation for Parkinson’s Support, which is managed by DMF. Her heartfelt work equips people with Parkinson’s disease to live each day to the fullest with independence and dignity.
To Dr. E.P. Wenz, for 55 years of leadership in founding and building Dakota Hospital and Dakota Medical Foundation. His vision for community healthcare and dedication to excellence has provided a solid foundation for the Foundation to impact health and quality of life in perpetuity.