EWC employees participate in Festival of Hope fundraiser

Festival of Hope - brasEWC employees recently held a campus fundraiser for the Festival of Hope, raising $5,400.  The Festival of Hope is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help cancer patients who live in Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming with non-medical expenses as they relate to their cancer care and treatment.

Employee groups at the College decorated bras and then displayed them for voting and donations.  A total of $350 was raised on campus for the event which was held at Backaracks Sports Bar & Grill in Scottsbluff.  The 14 decorated bras then were taken to the auction at Backaracks where they sold for a grand total of $5,050.  One bra designed by Deb Eutsler, Food Services at EWC, was recognized as one of the top three and finished in 2nd place.

This activity was organized by EWC employees Dixie Kroenlein and Vonda Soester.

“I received a call from my sister-in-law, Terry Lyle, part owner at Backaracks and she was wondering if there was any interest in participating,” shared Soester.  “Dixie and I spoke with the President and with his permission we began asking around and found out that there was indeed interest in participating.”

“We were surprised with the participation and then the funds raised here on campus as we did it so quickly,” shared Kroenlein.  “We are already looking forward to next year and would like to incorporate our event into our Pink Night that is hosted by our volleyball team.”

Soester also added, “It is so nice when something positive happens and for such a good cause.  This organization helps so many people from such a large area.”

The winning bra on campus was created by the Welding department.  Other department and individuals participating were the Business Office and Human Resources, Information Center, Copy Center, Academic Services, President’s Office and Institutional Development Office, Student Services, Karen Posten, Deb Eustler and Kroenlein and Soester.