The Fort Union Masonic Lodge No. 128 of Watford City has given the fundraising efforts for Watford City’s new hospital and clinic facility a big shot in the arm.
During a presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Masons presented the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc., a check for $325,000 as part of their $1 million pledge for the new healthcare complex.
“Through this donation, the Fort Union Masons Lodge No. 128 is carrying out Howard Bonner’s love of and desire to support healthcare,” stated Dan Kelly, CEO for McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc. “Howard Bonner, through his will, was also a strong supporter of the Shriner’s Hospitals.”
Bonner, who was a member of the Fort Union Lodge, left his estate to the Watford City lodge and to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children after his death several decades ago.
“It was such a very awesome evening,” stated Lynn Welker, CEO of WelkerPR, who is steering the healthcare system’s fundraising efforts. “I think I had a smile on my face for about two hours. It has been quite some time since I’ve had the privilege of sitting in a room with a group of people so concerned about doing the right thing to help others in the community with such a consciousness on personal character.”
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