Thiesse puckers up

Thiesse puckers up to raise cash for relay Amy Thiesse applied a thick coat of ruby red lipstick before plant-ing a big kiss on a pint-sized pig Friday at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center. The Kiss the Pig contest was a hit with the center's residents, and helped raise $700 for Sunday's Relay for Life. The Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center was thrilled to exceed its goal of raising $500 for the Relay for Life event held on Sunday, Feb. 22.�

Last month, medical center employees were encouraged to pay $2 for a �permission sticker� to wear blue jeans to work every Friday in the month.� Through the five Fridays in January, $326 was raised.�

A second fund raiser, a �Kiss the Pig� contest, was held during two weeks in February to help the facility reach its goal.� Employees were encouraged to �vote� for the department manager that they would like to see kiss a pig.�Votes were 50 cents each and all were asked to vote early and vote often.

The ballots were running very close down to the last half hour when the care center employees rallied their voting efforts and easily edged Amy Thiesse, director of nursing at the care center, into first place.� The �Kiss the Pig� ceremony took place in the care center to the delight of employees and residents on Friday, Feb. 20.�

Thiesse enthusiastically obliged the audience with a generous display of lipstick, and the reading of a brief poem written by resident Kay Iverson.

While the adorable pint-sized swine was receiving the smooch, This Little Pig Went to Market played in the background.� Special thank you to Tim Heine for providing the little pig and Nick Merrigan for delivering it to the care center.�

With the culmination of the Kiss the Pig contest, it was reported by Mary Merrigan, director of public relations, that the total raised between the two fund raisers by the employees of Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center was $701.�� Congratulations SVVMC!

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