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Altru’s Gala 2019 raised more than $421,000 for Altru’s Cardiology Department making it the most successful Gala to date!

Altru Health Foundation, along with main event sponsor Alerus, hosted nearly 800 guests at the fifteenth annual Altru’s Gala on September 28, 2019, at the Alerus Center. More than $421,000 was raised to support Altru’s Cardiology Department, the most ever raised by the event.

Altru’s Gala 2019 focused on improving cardiac care throughout the community and region through education, prevention screenings, technology and diagnostic equipment.

“A heartfelt thank you to everyone that made this night possible,” shares Sandy Kovar, manager of cardiology procedures at Altru Health System. “My heart is overflowing. With the funds raised, I know we will be able to share our gift of generosity and give back to our community by helping save lives and by helping to ‘keep your hearts beating.’”

The generosity shown at the Gala will increase the number of heart and vascular screenings offered to the public. These 90-minute ultrasound screenings require no prep work or pain but can detect possible complications before they develop into a major health issue.  In addition, new diagnostic equipment will support patients who are receiving cardiac care and new technology will be used to educate patients about heart-healthy living.

“A tremendous thank you to all of the guests and sponsors who generously supported Altru’s Gala 2019,” says Kristi Hall-Jiran, chief philanthropy officer at Altru Health System. “Your support is sure to have a lasting impact on the patients and families Altru is privileged to serve.”

The 17th Annual Altru Cancer Center Golf Tournament Raised $82,000 for Filling the Gap and Caring for Kids

Altru Health System, Grand Forks, ND – The largest fundraiser of the year for Filling the Gap and Caring for Kids, the Altru Cancer Center Golf Tournament, was held June 13 at the Grand Forks Country Club. Golfers, sponsors, and volunteers all came together and raised over $82,000. In its seventeen-year history the tournament has raised over $1 million for patients throughout the community and the region.

“Filling the Gap and Caring for Kids meet the needs of financially eligible patients of Altru Cancer Center and Altru Pediatrics that extend beyond our walls to improve patients’ quality of life during their journey, such as gas cards, lodging accommodations and more that are not typically covered by insurance,” says Lauren Denton, director of philanthropy at Altru Health Foundation. “We are so grateful for the continued generosity of our community to make a difference for our patients.”

In 2018, more than 1,200 patients at Altru Cancer Center received assistance through Filling the Gap. 27 children with chronic conditions qualified for Caring for Kids grants. So far in 2019, over 84 trips have been supported by Caring for Kids. That adds up to more than 25,300 miles!

If you are interested in supporting Filling the Gap or Caring for Kids, please contact the Altru Health Foundation at 701.780.5600 or or donate online at

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