HGH Employee Committee Strikes Charitable Deal for Hospice Mustang

The Humboldt General Hospital Employee Committee has put together a heck of a deal for the Humboldt Volunteer Hospice.

Hospice is raffling off a vintage 1965 Ford Mustang and earlier this month, HGHEC President Rick McComb and Treasurer Louis Mendiola purchased seven raffle tickets on behalf of the committee with a promise: "If we win this car, we'll donate it back so that it can be raffled again."

"We appreciate all that Hospice does for our community, and how effectively they work as one of the hospital's collaborators," said McComb, "so we just wanted to give them a little extra from our reserves. We know how hard they work for their funding."

The car was donated to the nonprofit organization last year. Since then it has been re-painted, mechanically examined "and is in excellent condition," according to HVH Executive Director Sherry Smith.

Tickets are now on sale for $20 each at the Frugal Flamingo Thrift Shop, located at 720 E. Fourth Street, or at the Humboldt Volunteer Hospice offices, located at 705 E. Fourth Street.

The winner will be selected on November 6, 2014, at a "Business After Hours" Chamber Mixer, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Frugal Flamingo Thrift Shop.

All proceeds from the Mustang raffle will go to support the Humboldt Volunteer Hospice in its mission to help local residents suffering from chronic, debilitating or terminal illnesses.

All hospice care is provided at no cost to patients. Families do not need a doctor's referral in order to access hospice services.

McComb said the Hospice raffle is just one of the community outreach efforts that his committee began last year.

Already this year, the committee has donated $250 toward the Lowry High School Drug Free Graduation Committee; $300 to the Paradise Valley building fund in the name of Christian Echevarria; and $1,000 for a scholarship that was awarded in May.

McComb said employees have been quick to authorize a bi-weekly payroll deduction from their paychecks for the "Employee Giving Campaign," in amounts ranging from $1 and up.

The group has also been fortunate to curry the support of Humboldt General Hospital where administrators have agreed to match the committee's fundraising efforts dollar for dollar.

"We are really excited to continue our efforts," he said, "and to see how much good we can do in our community."