Swedish American employees raise over $61,000 for families affected by tornado

Staff ReportFairdale - Tornado Fund

Swedish American, a division of UW Health, raised over $61,000 for families devastated by the tornadoes on April 9 thanks to the help of employees and the Swedish American Foundation.

Employees were asked to make monetary donations April 13 through April 17, with the Swedish American Foundation and Swedish American Hospital matching all funds raised.

The Foundation split the donations between the Rochelle Community Foundation and DeKalb Community foundation and presented the money on Wednesday.

“Our employees have some of the biggest hearts around and we are so thrilled to announce we collected more than $61,000 for individuals and families who need it most,” says Laura Wilkinson, director of the Swedish American Foundation. “Swedish American strongly cares for its community and this is just one way we can help our neighbors recover and rebuild after tragedy.”

In addition to the monetary donations Swedish American’s Rochelle Clinic served as a drop off site for donated items.

The Swedish American Foundation, which was founded in 1981, raises and distributes funds to advance Swedish American and its mission to care for the community.

For more information on Swedish American’s community efforts, contact Community Relations Specialist Katryna Kirby at 815-489-4340.

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