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Area Kiwanis raise funds for Kishwaukee hospital

Peanut days, pancake days, food booths at Corn Fest and Pumpkin Festival, and a haunted house have resulted in thousands of dollars being raised by local Kiwanis clubs for charitable causes, according to a news release. Some of those dollars are now being directed to make a difference in the lives of those who need hospital care. Four local Kiwanis clubs have joined together to pledge $25,000 to the new Kishwaukee Community Hospital. A pediatrics room will be named in their honor. Local Kiwanis member, Larry Forsberg of Sycamore coordinated the effort, which brought together the clubs and their boards of directors: DeKalb Kiwanis, Sycamore Kiwanis, Kishwaukee-DeKalb Kiwanis and Genoa-Kingston Kiwanis. The Kiwanis motto states that Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Forsberg said the idea for this donation occurred to him a couple years ago. “I thought the local Kiwanis clubs could make a significant impact in the community by donating enough money to KCH to have another permanent display of our commitment to the community and its children,” Forsberg said. “I made the proposal to each club, and they all very quickly jumped on board. This permanent commitment goes hand-in-hand with the Kiwanis parks and Kiwanis bikepaths in our communities." The money was raised through various Kiwanis fundraisers. The pledge will be fulfilled over five years. The Kiwanis donation brings the total raised for the new hospital community campaign to $9,422,499. The original goal was $7 million. “For every $1 over our goal, the hospital benefits from a savings of $1.71 in debt service expense over the course of the mortgage,” said Renee Ellingson, health foundation executive director. “The savings will make dollars available each fiscal year for reinvestment in equipment and technology advances, as well as retaining and recruiting exceptional clinical and medical staff,” Ellingson said. “The Kiwanians can feel very proud of their role in raising the level of hospital care available in the community,” she said. “The community is blessed to have organizations like Kiwanis.”

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