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LRH Foundation 4th Annual Night to Shine Gala Raised $100k for Pediatric Therapy

Foundation news | Thursday, May 11, 2023

Contact: Katie Johnson

The Lake Region Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Night to Shine Gala has raised $100,000 for Pediatric Therapy programs of Lake Region Healthcare. Held on April 28th at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, the Gala hosted supporters and community leaders to help raise funds for Pediatric Therapies departments in Fergus Falls and Elbow Lake. $98,595 was raised during the event followed by a recent gift from Aura Fabricators, Inc. bringing total proceeds to $100,000. The gala funds will be dedicated to advancing pediatric therapy services through the purchase of therapeutic equipment and innovative spaces to help children heal and thrive.

“I am incredibly grateful and delighted over the support we have received for Night to Shine and for our pediatric patients,” said Laura Gervais with the LRH Foundation. “2019 was our last in-person gala so we were hopeful for a well-attended event and excited to gather together once again. On behalf of the Foundation team at LRH, we share our heartfelt thanks for the community’s generosity of donated goods and services, event sponsorships and attendance to support world class care close to home.”

This year’s event also honored Emily Severson, LPN in Dermatology, and Randy and Sheri Swonger of Stalker Lake Golf Course as recipients of the Awards of Excellence. The night’s festivities included the Once Upon A Time in Pediatric Therapy Program and a live auction and paddle raise featuring Team Aasness Auctioneers.

Angie Conklin, Rehab Therapies Director said, “Our goal is to support the child and their family by working together with providers and community resources to provide the best care possible for our kids. The funds raised for Night to Shine will assist therapists by providing higher levels of care and improving comfort for families receiving services. We greatly appreciate your support.”

A full list of sponsors, the pediatric therapy video story, and information about the Foundation and how to donate is available at

Attached photos:

Top: A young auction bidder, Kate Schmid, eagerly bids on a Vikings

Middle: Andrew Yaggie, LRH Foundation President and Kent Mattson, LRH CEO, and nominator Mary Bressler, present the Award of Excellence for extraordinary care to Emily Severson, LPN.

Bottom: Andrew Yaggie, LRH Foundation President and Kent Mattson, LRH CEO present the Award of Excellence for extraordinary community service to Randy and Sheri Swonger of Stalker Lake Golf Course.

About the Lake Region Healthcare Foundation

The mission of the Lake Region Hospital Foundation is to gather, steward and distribute resources needed to support and advance the mission of Lake Region Healthcare and its affiliates. With the work of over a century gone by, Lake Region Healthcare continues its rich legacy of caring and planning for the future, focusing on providing the best possible access and scope of services for patients, clinical and service excellence, and maintaining a highly qualified and dedicated workforce.