Spheres of Influence Award

Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare Foundation
“Spheres of Influence” Award presented to Ernest and Sally Micek

Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare Foundation is pleased to recognize Ernest and Sally Micek for their generous support of our organization's healing mission. The Miceks received the Spheres of Influence Award at a gathering of health care system leaders and special guests on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Ernest and Sally Micek are natives of Arcadia, Wis. After a long career with the Cargill Corporation, culminating in Ernest serving as president and CEO, the Micek’s retired to Dresbach, Minn. Since then they have been generous to numerous organizations across the region.

Sally and Ernest Micek 

“The Miceks have given generously to St. Clare Health Mission and the Cancer Center. It was Ernie and Sally who provided the gift that put the Foundation over its goals in both the $8.3 million fund drive for the Center for Advanced Medicine and Surgery and $4.4 million campaign for the Emergency and Urgent Care Center,” said Foundation Executive Director Peter Grabow.

The Foundation has presented the Spheres of Influence Award annually since 1983. This is the first time it will be awarded in conjunction with a leadership meeting, because, according to Grabow, “Mayo Clinic Health System staff members are best positioned to see and appreciate the impact of philanthropy on the organization's ability to provide compassionate, high quality care for patients.”

Grabow also noted that philanthropy has played a key role throughout the history of Franciscan Healthcare. In 1883, it was generous community support that allowed the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to equip and furnish the original St. Francis Hospital so they could begin receiving patients. Philanthropy remains an equally vital component of our organization's healing mission today.

In presenting Ernie and Sally with the Spheres of Influence award the Foundation recognizes their philanthropic leadership in the community, and extends its heartfelt appreciation for their generous support of Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare.