Local kids raise funds for Healing Garden

Local kids raise funds for Healing Garden
Homemade cookie sales, treat bags, lemonade stands, and art projects produced by two young girls in Vermillion resulted in a generous, heart-felt donation. Kate Brockevelt and Sophia Taggart recently presented a check in the amount of $312 to the Dakota Hospital Foundation to sponsor the purchase of a rural mailbox to be used in the decorative scheme of the Healing Garden project at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center.

Kate, daughter of Bob and Barb Brockevelt and Sophia, daughter of Tom and Sarah Taggart decided last spring that the garden was a project in which they wanted to personally become involved. "Kate happened to see the Healing Garden sponsorship list on my desk one day. She told me that she and Sophia hoped to raise $200 so they could sponsor an item for the Healing Garden," shared Bob Brockevelt, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Sanford Vermillion. "They didn't know how long it would take them, but they were determined to reach their goal," Brockevelt continued.

The young duo have been very creative in coming up with opportunities to raise money to reach their goal. School staff, relatives and coworkers of both girls' parents were all included in the opportunity to help support the girls. Kate and Sophia have also each given from their personal allowance to help meet and surpass their fundraising target.

"The Dakota Hospital Foundation Board greatly appreciates the generous contribution from the Kate and Sophia. The contribution from these 4th graders shows what a difference a desire to help and dedicated effort can make. The realization of the Healing Garden project relies on support from many individuals, businesses and organizations. Because of the outstanding support we have received from the Vermillion community the project will be completed in 2007 and we look forward to a ribbon cutting ceremony next spring," added Gene Lunn, Foundation Director for Dakota Hospital Foundation.

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center will be the first facility in a five state region to fully

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