Papa Luigi virtual event raises $33,000


HURON — This year’s virtual Papa Luigi raised more than $33,000 for the Huron Regional Medical Center Foundation, according to Shawn Martin, executive director of the HRMC Foundation.

With the in-person Papa Luigi event canceled, supporters contributed to the cause through an online auction, a virtual 50/50 raffle and a fun video challenge from former Huron residents, and Papa Luigi mainstays, Dr. Jesse and Kathy Van Heukelom, which raised $1,200 in donations.

“The pandemic was no match for the generosity of our community when it comes to supporting high-quality, local health care,” explained Martin. “Thank you to everyone who supported Papa Luigi through sponsorships, bidding on auction items and donations. It is humbling to see how committed our residents and business community are to the mission of the Foundation.”

Funds raised through Papa Luigi will help provide scholarships to future medical professionals, purchase state-of-the-art equipment and ensure the health and well-being of Huron for generations to come.

“Mark your calendar for next year’s event, which is scheduled for March 19, 2022,” said Martin. “Dueling Duo will be back as Papa Luigi ‘hits the road’ again! We are looking forward to returning to our traditional social event.”

The purpose of the HRMC Foundation is to raise gift income each year which is used to support and endow the maintenance and enhancement of health care services on behalf of HRMC. Papa Luigi is one of two major fundraising events that benefit the Foundation — and, ultimately, health care in the area.

If you missed out on the fun, you can view the Van Heukelom video challenge on the HRMC Foundation page on Facebook. For information about how you can contribute to a Healthy Huron, visit www.hrmcfoundation.org or contact the HRMC Foundation at 605-353-6315.

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