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CHI Health St. Elizabeth/Nebraska Heart Foundation thanked over 75 guests at the 17th annual President’s Circle donor recognition dinner Aug. 31. This event recognizes distinguished donors who have made an individual or cumulative gift of $10,000 or more.

The evening started with a social hour in the St. Elizabeth Robert J. & Susan Lanik Leadership Garden, surrounded by beautiful blooming plants and artists’ sculptures. Dinner was served in the fireplace area while John Ward, son of Dr. Cary and Jolene Ward, played the piano.

Chairman Dr. David Schmidt welcomed guests, and Tammie Funke, board secretary, gave the opening and closing blessings. Donna Hammack, chief development officer, shared information about projects and programs made possible through generous donors’ gifts – NICU Angel Eye camera system, HeRO monitoring system, St. Elizabeth Regional Burn Center equipment, Nebraska Heart Meditation Garden and more.

The following individuals and organizations were recognized during the program by Donna Hammack and Dr. Cary Ward as President’s Circle donors. They were cited for their commitment to St. Elizabeth/Nebraska Heart Foundation by reaching a threshold of cumulative giving at the following levels:

President’s Council - $10,000+

• Dr. Michael and Jody Rapp

• Bob and Becky Reisdorff

• Pam Wollenburg

• Ben and Cody Koch

Partner - $25,000+

• Dr. R. Kent and Terri Jex

Patron - $100,000+

• TMCO Inc., Roland and Hiroko Temme

• In memory of Dr. William P. and Mary Heidrick

Builder - $500,000+

• In memory of Margaret H. and Daniel J. Wacker

Benefactor – Over 1,000,000+

• F. Phillips and Martha G. Giltner

CHI Health St. Elizabeth/Nebraska Heart Foundation is committed to providing excellent, compassionate and spiritual care through programs within its hospitals and community. Foundation members invite everyone to the “Lights of Love” ceremony at St. Elizabeth on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. Christmas trees will be lit and adorned with silver star ornaments in honor or memory of loved ones. If you would like to make a donation to the St. Elizabeth/Nebraska Heart Foundation, visit

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