St. Francis Foundation awarding $47,080 to area first responders and Project Breathe Right
December 19, 2018
GRAND ISLAND—First responses to emergencies in the area will happen more quickly and effectively thanks to a large funding project by the CHI Health St. Francis Foundation.
A grant presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, in Conference Room 2/3 at St. Francis to present $47,080 to area first responders and St. Francis Project Breathe Right. The funds include proceeds from this year’s Ticket to Win event.
"Ticket to Win provides an opportunity for donors to come together in support of those in our community who provide indispensable lifesaving services on a daily basis - we are tremendously grateful for the continued opportunity to help strengthen our area first responders through the Ticket to Win fundraiser," said Melissa Griffith, St. Francis Foundation director. "This year, event donors not only provided significant funding for area emergency response teams to purchase equipment beyond their department budgets, but they’re also giving the ‘gift of breath’ to patients who may otherwise find themselves without this vital respiratory equipment when they return home."
Area first responders receiving funds included:
Grand Island Rural Fire Department, $5,000, for two Zoll AED plus units
Palmer Volunteer Fire Department, $4,500, for an SCBA air pack
Alda Volunteer Fire Department, $4,680, toward a thermal imaging camera
Wood River Fire and Rescue, $4,680, toward a Ferno cot system
Cairo Community Foundation/Quick Response Team, $4,680, toward a personnel/equipment transport vehicle
Project Breathe Right, $23,540, providing financial assistance to qualifying patients for take-home equipment for their cardio/pulmonary needs such as home oxygen machines, oxygen tank rentals, etc.
More about Ticket to Win:
Ticket to Win made its debut in 2017 as the result of merging two of the Foundation’s prior top fundraising efforts, Hullabaloo and Ticket to Ride. Throughout the past 15 years, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.35 million in funds into the community as a result of these events.