The CentraCare Health Foundation recognizes the incredible contributions of several community leaders who died this past year. These individuals were passionate and generous supporters of the Foundation and supported its mission through significant contributions over the years.

Dick Bernick

Dick Bernick, a founder of the Bernick Family Foundation, believed a vital community is one of the richest assets a company can have. Bernick’s support of “youth and education” and “health and fitness” aligns with CentraCare’s mission to improve the health of every patient every day and extends to the community through our wellness initiatives.

Ben Gorecki

Ben Gorecki was a compassionate man and curious thinker. He believed in the importance of defining your life by the good things you do and that sometimes good enough isn’t always good enough. By using his treasures, he and his wife Dorothy helped transform senior care at the Gorecki Care Center at St. Benedict’s Senior Community and provided hospitality to our patients and their families through the creation of the Gorecki Guest House.

Lee Torborg

Lee Torborg believed in the value of hard work and was dedicated to his faith, family and the community. His wry smile and unassuming ways helped people see the good in themselves and the good they could provide to others. He believed that every person has an opportunity to make a difference. His strong catholic faith guided his life and his legacy will continue through the Lee & Mary Torborg Spiritual Care fund.

Dan Coborn

Dan Coborn was known to have had a very humble beginning and his childhood experience taught him lifelong lessons of patience, enduring optimism and the power of second chances. Dan felt a tremendous sense of duty to his community. His commitment is felt by patients and their families every day as they receive comprehensive cancer care close to home at Coborn Cancer Center.

Mae Ellingson-Skalicky

Mae Ellingson-Skalicky believed it was vitally important to bring awareness and visibility to mental health and addiction. She was inspired to create Clara’s House, a safe place for children and adolescents facing adversity. At Clara’s House, youth are empowered to use their struggle as a bridge to a brighter future. Her pioneering spirit taught us that good things happen when good people care. 

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