Anonymous Donor Makes $31,000 Challenge Gift to Hospice of the Red River Valley in Honor of Volunteer

An anonymous donor has made a $31,000 gift to Hospice of the Red River Valley is honor of Judy Dragseth’s 31 years of hospice volunteer service in the Crookston area.

The donation is a challenge gift, and will be used to match gifts of $500 or more to Hospice of the Red River Valley. If all funds are matched, the gift will generate at total of $62,000 to advance to mission of hospice care in the region.

A life-long resident of the Crookston area, Judy began volunteering in 1980 when hospice care was just getting started in Crookston. Thirty-one years later, Judy is still serving hospice patients and their families. Judy was notified of the anonymous donation in her name at a recent birthday luncheon with friends.

The gift will have a significant impact on hospice care in the Crookston area, according to Hospice Development Council Member Jenny Amon. “Judy has spent thirty-one years giving selflessly of her time, care and compassion to countless patients and families in the Crookston area, never expecting anything in return,” Amon says. “What an honor to have someone in the community give so generously to recognize her contributions. I am hopeful that several others in the region will feel inspired to give gifts to be matched by this generous donation.”

Gifts of $500 or more to Hospice of the Red River Valley given in 2011 will be eligible for the matching funds. These gifts will be directed to the endowment fund to ensure hospice care into the future. To learn more about giving a gift to Hospice, visit or call 1-800-237-4629.