Donations assist Wilson Health Foundation

For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY — As Wilson Health looks forward to a new year, the Foundation Board of Trustees and staff gratefully acknowledge all who have donated resources over the years to develop facilities and services to meet the ongoing health needs of the community.

The Wilson Health Foundation received consistent and exceptionally generous support in 2016, which assisted in achieving revenues of $487,795.

“The outstanding result of the Foundation’s 1930 Club annual giving program alone is testimony to the goodwill and concern of the people of Shelby County and resulted in nearly $62,660 in 2016. People want to give, and choose to support local charities closer to home where they can see the direct benefits that their hard-earned dollars bring to them and their families,” said Bonnie Faulkner, executive director.

In 2016, the Wilson Health Foundation welcomed a new addition to its team. Karla Young serves at assistant director of the Foundation. Prior to joining Wilson Health, Karla served as the director of development for the Getty College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Her professional experience also includes serving as the director of stewardship for The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Columbus, Ohio. Young holds a master’s degree from the University of Dayton along with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University.

Partnerships established for the future

Five new trustees, Barri Grandey, Mickey Hamer, Tom Martin, Brandon Simon and Mike Watkins were elected to the Wilson Health Foundation Board for a three-year term of office. Officers include: Vance Stewart, chair; Tony Arnold, vice chair/chair-elect; Tom Middleton, secretary/treasurer; and Faulkner who continues as executive director.

Planned giving remains the focus of the Wilson Health Foundation. The Wilson Society, established to honor those who include Wilson Health in their estate plans, continues to grow, with 71 members to date.

Donor support

The annual golf outing netted over $43,500 in 2016. The 2016 charity ball resulted in a net revenue of nearly $27,000 thanks to committee members Scarlet Francis, Melissa McDonald, Beth Roe, Jackie Simpson and Kiera Sullivan.

Hospice donations totaled $79,002 including $26,338 from the Caring at Christmas program, as well as $5,635 from Light Up a Life event.

Grants totaling $1,400 were received from the Monarch Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation. Gifts specifically restricted by the donor in the amount of $111,400, were received from the Betty Z. Bennett Fund, Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., Turkeyfoot and the Wilson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary among others.

Angel Fund

The Angel Fund assists Wilson Hospice patients and their caregivers with an immediate need and is specifically intended to improve the quality of life for patients who are living with life-limiting illness. Donations to the Angel Fund totaled nearly $12,540 in 2016, including donations from the Newport Sportsmen Club, Catholic War Veterans, the Scott Arnold Memorial Golf Scramble as well as individual donors.

Education for our community

Two estate planning seminars were offered in 2016 at no charge to members of the community.

In April 2016, local residents were invited to attend a basic estate planning seminar presented by Ralph Keister and Craig Albers, with the law firm Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk on a variety of topics including, what comprises an estate, different forms of property ownership and what is means to an estate. They also provided important documents helps in the event of future disability, common forms of planning such as wills and trusts and the consequences to a family if no will is prepared.

In September 2016, local residents were invited to attend the estate planning seminar, “Retirement 101: Getting Ready Today for Life Tomorrow” presented by Cindy Helman, RFC® Registered Financial Consultant and partner, Money Concepts, and John Boeckman, CPA, President and Managing Partner, with Monnier & Company, CPA’s.

The educational seminars were a collaborative effort sponsored by the Community Foundation, Dorothy Love Retirement Community, YMCA Foundation, Lehman Foundation, and the Wilson Health Foundation.

2017 at a glance

This year marks eighty-seven years of service to the Sidney and Shelby County community. Year after year, Wilson Health continues to evolve as a result of our dedicated community support.

In November 2016, the Wilson Health Board of Trustees approved plans to move toward the establishment of a cancer treatment center in Sidney. The Wilson Health Foundation will endorse this initiative.

This is an exciting step forward for not only Wilson Health, but our entire community. As we approach the development of a cancer care service line, it is imperative that we seek the knowledge, guidance and support of our community. Together, we will work towards improving the health of Shelby County.


For the Sidney Daily News