Rice Health Foundation held an annual donor dinner, Tuesday, May 14th at Rice Hospital, to thank donors for their support.
The Tradition of Caring Award was presented to Roger and Ruth Gauquie. Roger and Ruth grew up in southwestern Minnesota, and have made Willmar their home for over forty years. They married in 1980 and have two married children and two grandchildren. Roger retired from Northern Factory Sales in 2018. Roger served on the Rice Health Foundation Board of Trustees for nine years, ending in 2018. During that time, Ruth also volunteered, serving on the Silent Auction Committee for the Foundation’s Annual Gala. Through their service, they learned of the many needs of Willmar and the surrounding communities. Roger and Ruth have helped support many projects, including Rice Care Center and Rice Rehabilitation Center. Accepting the award, Roger said, “We are proud to have been a part of an organization that has had a positive impact on the communities and lives of so many people. The Hospital and the entire medical community are wonderful, and that makes it easy to give to organizations that do good.”
Also recognized that evening were Dr. Amy Ellingson and Jonathan Kreps, for completing their nine years of service on the Rice Health Foundation Board of Trustees.