Brad Konkler, Vice President, Philanthropy & Community Health

Brad Konkler

One of the most rewarding aspects of being part of the CentraCare Health Foundation is witnessing the generosity from so many people across Central Minnesota and beyond. We are humbled again this year by the acts of kindness from so many, which help CentraCare fulfill its mission to improve the health of every patient, every day.

Through the Foundation, we are always looking for opportunities to more closely connect the community to CentraCare, whether that’s through volunteering efforts, partnerships or financial support. We also try to provide many different options for you to support CentraCare so that your contribution honors your intent and benefits the community.

In this year’s report, we highlight several of the people and businesses that have inspired us through their actions. We hope you enjoy these stories and we thank you for your continued support, which benefits programs, services and efforts that are strengthening our service community.

Brad Konkler
Vice President, Philanthropy & Community Health

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Foundation Stories

Chapel Undergoes Renovation

The Chapel has been a cornerstone for St. Cloud Hospital, since it opened in 1928. It continues to be a sacred place for people of all denominations and beliefs — a place for solace, reflection, meditation and peace.

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The Healing Power of Art

Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt have been generous supporters of CentraCare Health for many years. Yet, when you ask Gene what motivates him to give back, he’ll quickly tell you that he doesn’t look at it that way.

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“Caring for Communities” in Monticello

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines philanthropy as: “goodwill to fellow members of the human race.” That’s exactly the philosophy embraced by the CentraCare Health Foundation in 2016 when it launched its philanthropy efforts in Monticello.

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Cancer Survivor Center Fundraising Goal Met

CentraCare’s vision for cancer care in Central Minnesota is one that takes into consideration every need of every patient, every day. To achieve this vision and provide leading-edge quality cancer care throughout the region, CentraCare plans to build a new Cancer Survivor Center.

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Chaplain Donates Crop Through Farm & Harvest Gift Program

Father Mark Stang has always been about connections. Growing up on a farm near St. Nicholas, he felt connected to the land, and when he joined the priesthood in 1990, it was a connection to a higher calling that he answered. Around that same time, life took a turn when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that had spread to his lymph nodes.

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In Memoriam

The CentraCare Foundation recognizes the incredible contributions of several community leaders who recently passed away. These individuals were passionate supporters of the Foundation and supported its mission through significant contributions over the years.

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La Gratitude

CentraCare Health Foundation hosted its annual La Gratitude celebration on Sept. 29, 2016. The event honored the generous donors from the past year and recognized three donors with awards for their dedication and commitment to the CentraCare Health Foundation:

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