Groundbreaking by rvwalker

Groundbreaking

CW. What you see here is a very big deal for our little town. We are isolated from the rest of the world, so a local hospital is essential, and we have a really good one, but the building is old. So, today was the groundbreaking for a new hospital patient wing. To get this done, the hospital needed to raise 2,000,000 dollars, which doesn't seem possible for a town with 2600 people in a county of 6000 people. We did it! $200,000 of that money was raised by these ladies in the hospital auxilliary, who ran a thrift store, made crafts for sale, and held dances and raffles as fund raisers. Construction started a week or so ago, but today was the official groundbreaking, and my wife, Linda (4th from the left) got to participate! How cool is that?
Congratulations on this huge milestone for your town. I know how significant it is since my mother presided a committee for the rebuilding of the hospital of our town in Costa Rica, and it took 21 years to see it finished, but it was a great achievement. Best wishes for a great project.
April 3rd, 2014  
So cool and a great shot!
April 4th, 2014  
Congratulations Ross! This is reminiscent of Beaver Island's work for several years to build a township medical center. We are too small for a hospital, but needed a place for medical emergencies when people can't get off island. It was successful and we now have an LPN full time who works closely with folks off-island at the nearest hospital. Technology really helps. Great commemorative photo!
April 4th, 2014  
Very cool. Love their matchy colors here...and gold shovels!
April 4th, 2014  
That's brilliant, congratulations, super achievement by your small town. Nice happy picture, Linda has a lovely smile! A fav for effort! Love the golden shovels, too!
April 4th, 2014  
善良的人们Good people
April 4th, 2014  
Wonderful! Congratulations to your own and the ladies of the hospital auxiliary.
April 4th, 2014  
How wonderful! Thank you for sharing this story.
April 4th, 2014  
Congratulations to your town and your auxiliary ladies! Way to go.
April 4th, 2014  
@ivan Thanks for the fav and enthusiasm, Ivan.
April 4th, 2014  
@anazad511 @kbird61 @taffy @amandal @liuting @mcsiegle @moxy @sansjuan Thanks, everyone. I am sure proud of these ladies, and everyone else involved in the project.
April 4th, 2014  
How nice to have everyone come together to raise funds for the new hospital. Love your photo of groundbreaking and those that raised this check with their gold shovels. It is nice to meet your wife and wonderful that she was part of this. FAV
April 4th, 2014  
@darsphotos Thank you for the fav, Darlene. Linda is involved in a lot of great activites, and this is one of her favorites.
April 4th, 2014  
oh wow... this is super well done, and very many congrats to your wife for all the hard work and effort she put into this one! It's amazing what a small community can actually do when they put their hearts into it!!! :) Well done!
April 4th, 2014  
That's great Ross. So heartwarming when people come together for a great cause. Congratulations to your wife and all the ladies for their wonderful work!
April 4th, 2014  
That is wonderful community spirit....a wonderful story & a good capture.
April 5th, 2014  
@monkeykid @mccarth1 @skippysue Thanks, Therese, Kerry, and Suze. I am very proud of the community effort, and Linda, for getting this done.
April 5th, 2014  
I know what a small town you are so this is a great achievement
April 6th, 2014  
Such a wonderful accomplishment for these ladies. Small towns are wonderful that way. Great shot and great history.
April 6th, 2014  
@peterdegraaff @libertylady Thanks, Peter and Alice. This is a remarkable little hospital with big city services.
April 6th, 2014  
Wow! that is amazing! :-)
April 8th, 2014  
@amrita21 Thank you, Amrita. I'm sure proud of them.
April 9th, 2014  
That is an awesome accomplishment for such a small town..... or any town, for that matter. Nice to see Linda too.... Congratulations to her and the others who were instrumental is raising this money.
April 12th, 2014  
@aglennc Thanks, Anita. Small-town America struggles to survive these days, so their accomplishment is quite remarkable.
April 12th, 2014  
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