The tenth annual Pondera Medical Center Fish Fry was held Friday at the Moose Lodge in Conrad.
Charlene Bouma, of the PMC Wellness Center commented that with the super weather, once again there was a record turn out for the Fry, “409 people were served.”
She went on to add, “As most of you know the PMC Wellness Center’s budget does not support equipment purchases. All funding for new equipment, or replacement of equipment, for the Center, comes form donations and fund-raising, like the Fish Fry.”
Tentatively, with funds from last year and this year, a lower extremity machine may be purchased for the Wellness Center.
Not all expenses are in but gross profit from tickets, donations, 50/50, and raffles sales were $4,148.42.
The majority of the time you can expect 50 percent to go to expenses.
Judy Larson won the $100 Cold Cash prize. She sold 130 tickets. Larson was presented with a chunk of ice, which had a $100 bill in it; the ice chunk was the size of a bread loaf pan. Michelle Ghekiere was presented with a three-month Wellness Center membership certificate for selling 20 tickets.
Kathy Younce was the winner of the 50/50 pot worth $160. Raffle winners were as follows: Robert Hicks-PMC lawn chair, Jazmyn-PMC lawn chair (no last name), Jackie Bonser-PMC back pack cooler, Stacy Aaberg-pedometer, Jack Rowekamp-one month membership to the Wellness Center, Terry McKinley-one month membership to the Wellness Center, Terry McKinley-one month membership to the Wellness Center (this not a typo his name was drawn twice-in-a-row), Ted Kronebusch-three month membership to the Wellness Center, Shirley Sanders-10th Annual Fish Fry T-shirt, Stacy Aaberg-Fish Fry T-shirt, Carol Jones-Fun Run T-shirt, Phyllis Hammermeister- Fun Run T-shirt, Kelci Watterud- Fun Run T-shirt, and Karla Styren- Fun Run T-shirt. The winner of the multi-colored candy fish count was Kerri and Don Miller (tied), with a total of 1,002 candy fish in the jar, they guessed 1,000. The winner of the sweetish fish candy count was Vickie Padilla, guessing 580, with the total of 587 sweetish fish in the jar. Miller and Padilla both win a one-month membership to the Wellness Center for guessing the closest.
Several super community members and businesses made monetary donations worth a grand total of $509.42.
Jamyne and Dave Richardson donated a much-needed fryer, Northcentral Montana Healthcare Alliance donated $300, KSEN donated airtime, and Sysco donated four cases of fish, one case cornbread mix, five cases of steak fries, and five cases of cookies.
The IGA donated their outside tent to protect the outside cooks from the environment, and last but not least the Moose Lodge donated the use their facility.
The Group, which consisted of Harry Moritz, Allen Wittmier, Bob Moritz, proved entertainment and John Koutecky, one of the members was not able to attend Dale Meier. Their time and energy is amazing, not to mention playing for their supper.
Some great community orientated youth helped serve, which consisted of Jayleen Harris, Clair Nelson, Beth Grubb, Emily Weisgram, Bryce Watterud, and Kelci Watterud.
Two departments at PMC have the biggest jobs during a fund-raiser like this. The Engineering Department which is in charge of hauling all needed items to and from PMC, setting up and tearing down, hauling the garbage to the dumpsters, and making sure we have the proper electrical outlets, plus much, much more.
The Dietary department is in charge of ordering all food and supplies such as plates, cups and other items. They arrive at work at 4 a.m., work an eight-hour day then from the PMC kitchen they head over to the Moose Lodge to start organizing the roasters, coffee pots, for which they put in another 5-6 hours for the Fish Fry.
What a great crew the Fish Fry had this year, the energy was amazing. This year we had every department in the hospital, nursing home, clinic, and hospital board represented.
Bouma wanted to mention every- ones names that helped, and noted the risk in advance of possibly missing a name for which she apologized in advance. Following are the people who had a hand to putting the annual Fry on: Shelly and Jim Nelson, J. Larson, Kathy Olson, CJ Jochems, Carol Weisgram, Vann Lovett, Randi Eppe, Dave Doren, Krista Keiper, Lisa Hanson, Jerrica Harris, Lorrie Combs, Gloria Griggs, Marilyn Parks, Jean Flesch, Cathy Jones, P. Hammermeister, Janette VanLuchene, Mark Jones, the Richardson’s, Dan Inabnet, James Cox, John Ringdahl, Andrea Hofstad, Bob McDougal, Perry Combs, John Bergstrom, Debbie Procella, Nadeen McCracken, Irva Jean Schultz, Mary Johns, Janice Kastner, Traci Vandenacre, Becky Mikeals, Mary Erickson, Ann Lindberg, Younce, Ruth Erickson, Myrna Christensen, Dr. Jay Taylor, (ECF Activities decorated the Moose) Lynda Barker, Cindy Koeing, Marilyn Parks, and Peggy Munson.
Bouma added, “We also had numerous community members help tear down tables and chairs and clean up.,” she said. “Again if I have missed anyone I am truly sorry, this could not have been pulled off with the success we had without everyone’s help.”