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Jon and Maureen Homstad are big believers in giving back. For decades, the Eau Claire couple has supported a host of nonprofit organizations and civic causes — not only financially, but also with their time and talents.
“It’s always been important — always,” Maureen says.
Mayo Clinic Health System is among the many organizations on the receiving end of the Homstad’s generosity. The Homstads, long-term committed benefactors and members of Caring Partner annual giving since 1979, have committed more than $100,000 to Mayo Clinic Health System through the years, propelling them into the well-deserved position of Heritage Award Life Members.
Although the Homstads live in Naples, Florida six months of the year, they say their hearts are in Eau Claire.
“If I had anything really major done to my body, unless it was absolutely necessary to go immediately to a hospital where we’re at in Florida, my confidence is in Eau Claire at Mayo Clinic Health System,” he continues. “I would head back on the plane the next day to get it done if time permitted. Anything major, if at all possible, I’m going to be back in Eau Claire for my healthcare.”
Giving back is just in Rick and Wendy Lommen’s nature. The Onalaska, Wisconsin, couple enjoys donating time and money to various charitable causes and finds Mayo Clinic to be a particularly meaningful organization to support.
The Lommens, on behalf of Courtesy Corporation McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities, made their first pledge to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire in 2005. Their $100,000 pledge supported the health system’s Hearts at Home room, a special hospital waiting area in Critical Care, designed to give families a comfortable escape from the often difficult situations taking place within hospital walls. Since then, they’ve donated nearly $500,000 to sites in northwestern Wisconsin, including gifts to Barron, Eau Claire, Menomonie and Osseo.
“It’s an honor for us to work with such a renowned group. The reputation and respect Mayo Clinic brings to our local community, in Rochester and around the world, is so important, and we take great pride in being able to work with them and enhance what they do for patients,” Wendy says.