Published on March 31, 2016

Altru’s Gala 2016 to Support Kids’ Health

Grand Forks, NDAltru Health Foundation is proud to announce that Altru’s Gala 2016 will benefit Altru’s Child Life Program and Camp Good Mourning. Along with Alerus, the main event sponsor, Altru Health Foundation will host the twelfth annual gala on September 10, 2016, at the Alerus Center.

Many times when a child visits a hospital, it can be a stressful and scary experience. Some are visiting relatives who might not be with them much longer, some are going through difficult treatments, and some will have to travel to a specialist away from their homes. Kids going through these difficult times need more than treatment; they need extra support and care. Altru employs one child life specialist who helps up to 2,500 children per 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-on-one 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. 

Altru’s Gala 2016 will provide support for children and teens going through difficult situations at Altru Hospital. Funds raised will decrease the financial barriers of mental health issues for children and teens that some families unfortunately experience. 

For information on sponsoring or donating to Altru’s Gala 2016, please contact Randy Schoenborn at or 701.780.5618. 

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.