Cannon Falls community members drive medical center capital campaign

January 09, 2013

CANNON FALLS, Minn — A group of passionate community leaders has been the driving force behind Mayo Clinic Health System’s capital campaign to build a new medical center in Cannon Falls.

The group includes Kathy and Dennis Brekken, Paul Bringgold, Ted Bailey, Greg Evans, Carol Leffingwell, Jeromy Mouw, Mark Sjoquist and Greg Wulf. Along with Development representatives and medical center leaders, they make up the capital campaign cabinet.

“These individuals have volunteered countless hours of their time to lead this critical fundraising effort for our community,” says Tom Witt, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. “We’re grateful for their invaluable service. There’s no question they’re passionate not only about this project but also about the future of our community.”

The total cost of the project is estimated at $30 million. Mayo Clinic is prepared to invest $20 million in the project if the community of Cannon Falls can generate the remaining $10 million. To date, the community has provided tax revenues, net assets available at affiliation in 2006, and philanthropic gifts totaling $7.75 million.

As chair of the cabinet, Kathy Brekken is also thankful for the work the cabinet members have put in to help make a new medical center a reality for Cannon Falls.

“In 2006, we were very fortunate that Mayo accepted our invitation to affiliate with our small community hospital and to partner with us to replace our aging hospital and clinic,” says Brekken. “Today, seven years later, we are equally fortunate that this group of community leaders have recognized the value and benefits that a new medical center will mean to the future of Cannon Falls and have stepped forward to work to make it happen.”

The campaign is seeking donations and pledges which may be paid for up to five years.

“Our cabinet members are trying to reach out to as many community members as possible but time constraints make it impossible for us to personally reach out to every person and every household,” Brekken says.

Those interested in supporting the medical center building project can obtain a contribution form to make a gift or a pledge at local banks, the Chamber of Commerce, the Shepherd’s Center, in the waiting areas of the hospital and clinic, or by using the online form.  Questions can be directed to any cabinet member or Dean Lineman at 507-263-1362.

Mayo Clinic including Mayo Clinic Health System is a not-for-profit organization that relies on philanthropy to pursue its three-fold mission of medical research, education and practice, as represented by the three shields of the Mayo logo. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Campaign Cabinet

Mayo Clinic Health System’s capital campaign committee included many community members. Seated, left to right, are: Kathy Brekken, chair, Dennis Brekken, Bruce Bonnicksen, Development representative, and Mark Sjoquist. Standing, left to right, are Paul Bringgold, Ted Bailey, Dean Lindeman, Development representative, Jeromy Mouw and Greg Wulf. Not pictured are Greg Evans and Carol Leffingwell.

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