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Altru’s Gala 2016

A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and the region for its support of Altru Health Foundation’s twelfth annual Altru’s Gala. 

This year, more than $300,000 was raised to support Altru’s Child Life Services and Camp Good Mourning. These funds will benefit the more than 2,500 children that use Altru’s Child Life Services as well as 50 children each year learning to cope with the death of a loved one at Camp Good Mourning. 

For many children who come to a health care system, it is a stressful and scary experience. Some are visiting relatives who might not be with them much longer, some are going through difficult treatments, some will have to travel to a specialist away from their homes. Kids going through these difficult times need more than just treatments, they need support and caring. Currently Altru employs one Child Life specialist who helps up to 2,500 children a year cope with these difficult situations. 

Camp Good Mourning is an annual three-day grief camp for 50 children and teens, ages six through 18, who have experienced the death of a loved one. Each child is partnered with their own “buddy” volunteer, in order for them to receive one-onone support. Staff of Altru’s Hospice and trained volunteers facilitate group sessions and activities to help children and teens express their feelings, learn healthy coping strategies and share experiences with others who have lost a loved one. 

Over the years, thousands of patients at Altru have benefitted from the funds raised at this great event. This wouldn’t be possible without the community’s support of Altru’s nonprofit mission of improving health and enriching life. This support includes sponsorships by businesses and individuals, auction donations, volunteers, and participating donors. We are truly thankful for your continued generosity. 

Special recognition and appreciation goes to Melissa Swenson, Kari Jensen, the staff of Altru’s hospice, as well as the Gala Committee members lead by Gala Chairs Marcia Wehe and Amy Enget. 

On behalf of the families whose lives will change because of these funds, thank you! 

Jon Green
Executive Director
Altru Health Foundation