Pondera HealthCare Foundation (PHCF) is planning their annual Taste of Pondera (TOP) fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Pondera Golf Club in Conrad. 

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a choice of Philly sandwich or marinated chicken, salad, potatoes, beans and chocolate cake or homemade pie. Included in the $50 per person ticket price, are the musical talents of the Soulshine Band and Conrad’s Wylie Gustafson. 

There will be raffles, drawings and door prizes, along with a Pondera Players humorous skit. 

Tickets are available at Village Drug, Olson Drug, Windrift Hill and both the Conrad and Valier FolkLore coffee shops. Tickets can also be purchased from the following PHCF members:  Maria Cates (289-0419), Darby Donoven (945-1324), Heath Elings (450-1620), all in Conrad; or Jackie Wheeler (289-0336) in the Valier area. TOP is limited to 300 people, so purchase your tickets soon. It is sure to be a fun and memorable evening!

Mark your calendar for a fun evening and support PHCF! The generosity of county residents, past and present, is appreciated. 

PHCF’s “100 X 1000 Campaign” was launched in 2018 to raise $100,000 for a permanent endowment fund, by asking 100 donors to give $1,000 each. The endowment fund has grown to over $50,000 and will be invested to provide a reliable source of future income to meet ongoing local health care needs. Gifts can be made individually or by pooling together with family members and friends. 

Anyone may earmark their donation for the permanent endowment fund, but only donors (individuals, groups, businesses) who have donated $1,000 or more will receive special recognition and be entered in a Grand Prize drawing, which is a Montana Travel Package valued at over $1,000. Donors who contributed $1,000 or more since the beginning of the campaign in 2018 will also be included in the drawing. 

Deadline for entry is Oct. 9 and the drawing will be held at the end of the musical performance. Door prize and raffle winners will be announced throughout the evening. 

Formed in 2014, PHCF is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that promotes long-term, stable and viable health care services and facilities in Pondera County through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. 

Gifts to PHCF are eligible for the charitable donation deduction under federal and state income tax rules. 

With community support PHCF has contributed over $ 200,000 to improving health and wellness for all ages within Pondera County. 

Through donations, memorials and attendance at fundraisers, look what has been accomplished. The Foundation has:

•Purchased new beds and recliners for the extended care facility at Pondera Medical Center, now known as Logan Health Care Center – Conrad.

•Provided a blood bank refrigerator, blood plasma freezer, defibrillators, Hoyer Lift with scale for PMC (Logan Health – Conrad) and the extended care facility. 

•Provided scholarships and class materials to CNA’s and EMT’s serving throughout Pondera County and supported the Valier High School emergency medical responder training program.

•Equipped EMTs who serve remote locations with jump kits. 

•Purchased infant car seats distributed by the Pondera County Health Department. 

•Spearheaded design, grant procurement, and helped fund Conrad’s walking path through the leadership of board member, the late Phyllis Ann Phillips, and many other community members. 

•Organized a youth health fair, the Healthy Train Express which provided hands-on-health awareness activities for grade school students from Valier and Conrad. 

•Joined others making the “Let’s Talk” suicide prevention program available to at-risk youth. 

•Promoted the Lake Frances Triple P Triathlon, golf tournaments and other events to encourage fitness. 

•During the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraged Mental Health awareness and showed appreciation to health care workers and teachers county wide with gifts, cards, and treats.

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