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  • Playing for Dennis

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Jun 23, 2021

    Twenty-one teams turned out for the 22nd Open Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 13. The weather was just what we ordered for the teams coming out to support a great cause and great community. Our Premier Sponsors, First Community Bank and Independence Bank made this day a huge success. Each of the teams registered, had breakfast, and were all ready to tee off by the 9 a.m. Every hole featured a different game for men, women, or everyone with the winner taking home wonderful prizes donated by our...

  • Time To Light The FMDH Foundation's "Tree of Life"

    MARY KATE TIHISTA, FOR THE COURIER|Dec 16, 2020

    The FMDH Foundation’s “Tree of Life” has become an annual holiday tradition in our community. The Tree was lit on Nov. 28, and will remain on until New Years. During this time we invite you to support the FMDH Foundation while remembering loved ones, friends, and special events with a tax deductible donation. Many people send holiday wishes and congratulations as well as memorials for those dear to them that have been lost. The names of loved ones and events are placed on recognition cards and hung as a loving tribute on the Tree of...

  • 2020 FMDH Foundation Golf Tournament – Canceled

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Jul 1, 2020

    The FMDH Foundation Board of Directors would like to announce that they have decided to cancel this year’s 2020 golf tournament. For the past 21 years, the FMDH Foundation has held the Foundation’s Open Golf Tournament as its major annual fundraising event. So, to say this was not an easy decision is an understatement. Board President Somer Hoerster stated, “During these uncertain times, we felt it prudent to promote safety for our community, as we are in the business of helping support the best practice of healthcare in Valley... Full story

  • 'Hidden Gems' a Hit

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Nov 13, 2019

    It was a full house at the FMDH Foundation's annual event, held Nov. 2, at the Cottonwood Inn. Board President Shelly George welcomed everyone, thanked them for coming out and discussed what the Foundation has gifted to the community this year. Wonderful hors d'oeuvres were served and the room sparkled. Since 1982, the Foundation has given out over $2.1 million in financial gifts to FMDH, community organizations, medical scholarships, and Valley County Ambulance Services. Mary Kate Tihista...

  • Game Ready at GHS

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Sep 25, 2019

    The FMDH Foundation recently gifted Glasgow High School a new Game Ready Machine, a device that helps student athletes with joint injuries, such as those that affect their ankle, knee or shoulder, as well as larger muscles, like hamstrings. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) has long been used to treat acute and chronic injury. Game Ready offers adjustable cold therapy and intermittent compression in one easy-to-use system, making it easy to apply the two most difficult-to-manage aspects...

  • Discover the FMDH Foundation's Hidden Gems at the Cottonwood Nov. 2

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Sep 4, 2019

    Tickets are on sale now for the Foundation’s “Hidden Gems” event. Join us Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Cottonwood. The no-host social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will feature the Badland Music Co. with guest appearance from Chisholm Christensen. Stay tuned to see what Hannah and Jory Wall are designing for the event. Will it be a ring, necklace, earrings? Your guess is as good as ours! We can guarantee it will be exquisite and worth the chance to win it, while supporting a great, local cause.... Full story

  • Local Farmer Directs Donation to FMDH Foundation

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Jul 24, 2019

    Rural communities are the backbone of America, and for the past 10 years, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has partnered with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits. In an effort to have farmers partner with their local community and help make a positive impact in their farm communities, the program, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, provides the opportunity for a farmer to enter to win $2,500 based on what they are doing in the field and donate the funds to a charity of their choice. This year’s recipient was Fort...

  • Register for the 21st Annual FMDH Foundation Open Golf Tourney

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|May 22, 2019

    For the past 20 years, the FMDH Foundation has held the Foundation’s Open Golf Tournament as its major annual fundraising event. The date for this year’s tournament has been set for Sunday, June 9, at Sunnyside Golf and Country Club in Glasgow. The entrants must be over the age of 18. The tournament will be a straight scramble. There will be a maximum of 28 - four-person teams this year. The entry fee is $300 per team. There will be five team cash payouts (Net), as well as additional prizes on every hole. The registration entry fee includes... Full story

  • A Time of Giving:

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Nov 28, 2018

    The FMDH Foundation's "Tree of Life" has become an annual holiday tradition in our community. The Tree was lit on Nov. 24 and will remain so until New Years. During this time we invite you to support the FMDH Foundation while remembering loved ones, friends, and special events with a tax deductible donation. Many people send holiday wishes and congratulations as well as memorials for those dear to them that have been lost. The names of loved ones and events are placed on recognition cards and hu...

  • Sign-up for the 20th Annual FMDH Foundation Golf Tournament

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|May 23, 2018

    For the past 19 years, the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation has held the Foundation’s Open Golf Tournament as its major annual fundraising event. The date for this year’s tournament has been set for Sunday, June 10, at Sunnyside Golf and Country Club in Glasgow. Entrants must be over the age of 18. The tournament will be a straight scramble. This year, there will be a maximum of 28 four-person teams. The entry fee is $300 per team. Dixon golf will be coming to the course for a chance to win an amateur endorsement. There will be...

  • Gift Shows Small Town Spirit

    Mary Kate Tihista, For The Courier|Feb 14, 2018

    Recently, you may have read the article about Tim Newton’s gift to the Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital foundation. When asked if I could write about it, Newton said “if this donation can inspire more donations to the Foundation then it’s all worth it.” I had another wonderful surprise this week, as a donor stopped in to visit with me. We talked for quite a while, when they handed me a check for $10,000. While they chose to remain anonymous, I feel their story is still important to share. I always say small town life has character; big... Full story

  • FMDH Foundation Receives $10,000 in Memory of Karen Newton

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Jan 24, 2018

    Tim Newton recently made a gift of $10,000 to the FMDH Foundation in memory of his wife, Karen Newton. This was a very generous surprise and will be added to the endowment account, where only the dividends and interest will be spent to further provide Valley County with the best medical equipment possible. The Foundation is extremely grateful for this wonderful gift and Tim and Karen's name will be added to the Foundation's Wagon Train Wall of Honor located by the Glasgow Clinic. Karen passed aw... Full story

  • Garsjos are Big Winners at the Foundation's Diamond Affair

    Mary Kate Tihista, For the Courier|Nov 8, 2017

    It was a full house at the FMDH Foundation's annual event held Nov. 4, at the Cottonwood Inn. Board President Shelly George welcomed everyone for coming out, and discussed how important the Foundation is to our community. Wonderful hors d'oeuvres were served and the room sparkled. It was a fun night filled with wonderful friends. Dennis and Sue Garsjo probably had the most fun as they were the lucky winner of the yogo sapphire with diamonds ring, sponsored by Baker's Jewelry. They had their... Full story

  • Foundation "ParTEE" Golf Tournament

    Mary Kate Tihista, For The Courier|Jun 15, 2016

    The rain stopped just in time for the 18th Annual Open Golf Tournament on June 12. The teams came out to support a great cause and great community, even with 1.5 inches of rain on the course. Each of the 18 teams registered, had breakfast and were all ready to tee off by 9 a.m. Every hole featured a different game for everyone, with the winner taking home wonderful prizes donated by local businesses. The games were designed so that both experienced and inexperienced golfers had chances to win. The marshmallow game, sponsored by the Foundation,...