Release Date: 6/21/2011
St. Anthony's raises $44,455 to aid health care employees affected by tornadoes
St. Anthony' employees found a variety of creative ways to raise money, including the lemonade stand pictured above.
In an effort to support their health care colleagues affected by the recent tornadoes in Joplin and St. Louis, Mo., employees and administrators at St. Anthony’s Medical Center have opened their hearts and their pocketbooks. With the help of a $5,000 matching donation from the medical center administration, St. Anthony’s employees have contributed a total of $44,455 to the Missouri Hospital Association’s Hospital Employee Relief Organization (HERO) fund, which benefits Missouri health care workers who lost family members, worldly goods or both in the storms. St. Anthony’s employees found a variety of creative ways to raise money, including the lemonade stand pictured above. Sharon Schmitt, a physical therapist assistant in St. Anthony’s Home Care, raised more than $400 on June 5 by hosting a lemonade stand at her south county home. She was assisted by her daughter, Caity Schmitt, pictured, left; Cassidy Bannes, Caity’s classmate at Nerinx Hall High School, right; and friend Molly Higgins, a student at Rosati-Kain High School. “It’s not a ton of money, but I hope the workers know we are thinking of them; we hope this helps in some small way,” Sharon Schmitt said. The fund-raising effort highlights the generosity of St. Anthony’s employees, said Sister Sandra Straub, C.S.J., the medical center’s director of Mission Integration and Pastoral Care. “We are so grateful for the good will and donations given to those who have suffered from these natural disasters,” she said. “Our employees have been positive, engaged and committed from the first announcement to extend a hand to those who are in need.”
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