The Support Foundation at Mena Regional Health System was recently honored at the Arkansas Hospital Association’s Annual Awards Banquet in Little Rock, Arkansas for the success of the Foundation Frenzy 5K Family Color Run/Walk that was held in May. In addition to the Foundation members and hospital employee volunteers, local policeman, firemen, ambulance service, mayor and members of the city council, area businesses, the community college, Hospital Board of Commissioners, local banks, fitness centers, area newspapers and local radio became actively involved to promote the family and community-centered event.
The mission of the MRHS Support Foundation is to assist the hospital through funding capital improvements and a secure workforce. The Foundation seeks financial assistance in an effort to fund equipment and facility improvements, as well as, provide healthcare career scholarships. Additionally, the Foundation sponsors the yearly “Teddy Bear Clinic” and other such worthwhile events, such as the annual M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) Camp and a number of career fairs. The Foundation Frenzy 5K Color Run proved to be a great success, not only as a fundraiser, but as a way to positively promote health and wellness to the community and surrounding areas. The race attracted 400+ runners/walkers, including all ages. Families and friends teamed up and participated together. Numerous local businesses generously sponsored and/or participated in the run. Through many local sponsorships and in-kind donations, the expenses for the foundation were minimal. Individual volunteers and businesses donated their time to work the hydration/color bomb stations, registration, parking assistance, route safety patrol, and clean up. “The Foundation Frenzy would not have been a success without the support of so many volunteers. The MRHS Support Foundation plans to implement the Foundation Frenzy as their annual signature event and they look forward to hosting the event again in May, 2016,” said MRHS Marketing Director Sonya Maye.
Current members of the Support Foundation are; Kathy Boone, Dean Boyd, Charlie Brown, Kay Bowen, Sue Cavner, John Davenport, Greg Goss, Tracy Hensley, Sonya Maye; ex-officio, Damon Miller, Bettie Montgomery, Donna Montgomery, Karen Mosier, Jay Quebedeaux; ex-officio, David Ray, Regina Walker, and Benny Weston.