Kimball clinic fundraising at full steam
KIMBALL -- The drive for a new medical clinic in Kimball got a big boost last weekend.
More than $70,000 was raised as community members gathered on April 12 at the Legion Hall on Main Street to enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, a comedian and both a silent and live auction. This brings the total for funds raised to $390,000, or about two-thirds of the overall goal of $600,000, for a new clinic that would be located at 113 S. Main Street.
On Feb. 4, project committee member Dayle Blasius told The Daily Republic that $70,000 had been raised. After raising $320,000 in the span of 10 weeks, she said the overwhelming support of the community has been the difference to this point.
"Everyone knows how big this would be for our Main Street and for our children and grandchildren," she said. "It's for the betterment of the whole town."
The new clinic would likely replace the current clinic operated by Sanford Health and its Chamberlain staff, which is open three days a week but is becoming increasingly outdated. A new facility could potentially house dental or speciality practices, as well.
The hope is the rest of the money for the project could be raised through a Community Development Block Grant. The clinic's total cost is close to $1.2 million.
Blasius said the community has always been supportive of important causes in town, such as school band trips or upgrades at the football field, and this has proven to be no different. More than 100 silent auction items were donated and more than 40 items were up for grabs on the live auction, including agricultural services, beef, tools, grills and furniture.
Blasius said donations continued to come in the days after the event.
"People were overwhelmingly generous," she said. "Our town has just been really supportive."