Hospice of the Red River Valley Receives $2,120 Gift from Annual Employee Potluck at MnDOT

Sandra Gram wins one of the quilts donated in the annual employee potluck.
Sandra Gram wins one of the quilts donated in the annual employee potluck.

Employees and retirees of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety and Driver & Vehicle Services in Detroit Lakes held their 18th annual holiday potluck and fundraiser for Hospice on December 19, raising $2,120 for Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Each December, the groups transform their lunchroom into a workshop of handcrafted and home-cooked items. Proceeds from the event have raised a total of $19,776 for Hospice of the Red River Valley since the event’s inception in 1995.

Dana Hanson, Trudy Kordosky and Keven Meacham organized the annual event. Current and former employees donated a variety of items for the potluck and drawing, many of them handmade.

Two very special handmade quilts were donated this year in honor of loved ones. Teresa Elkin donated a quilt in memory of her father-in-law, E.E. Elkin, who passed away in 2000, under the care of hospice services in Iowa. Sandra Gram, from MnDOT, was this year’s winner of Teresa’s quilt. Ann Boen made and donated a quilt in honor of Eugene Meyer, Ann’s late father. Doug Bergquist, from the Perham Truck Station at MnDOT, won this quilt.

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