How do zombies help support our local hospital? They take part in Coffey Health Foundation’s “Zombie Walk!”
On Saturday evening, approximately 60 zombies, superheroes, and all sort of characters made their way along Third Street from Coffey County Hospital to Kelley Park and back again. At Kelley Hall, participants enjoyed games, treats, and a costume contest.
Proceeds from the event will help the foundation with local scholarships and improvements throughout Coffey Health System.
Formerly known as East Central Kansas Health Foundation, the foundation’s mission is two-fold: investing in tomorrow’s leaders and improving services throughout Coffey Health System and the community. Since 1999, the foundation has awarded more than $220,000 from the Roy G. DeLong Scholarship Fund. 85 deserving high school graduates from Coffey and Woodson Counties have benefited from the program, as have seven adults seeking degrees or advanced certification in healthcare fields.
Patients throughout Coffey Health System benefit from new equipment and state-of-the-art technology made possible through low-interest loans and financial support from the foundation.
“Our fundraising has been dormant for a while, so this was a fun way to bring awareness of Coffey Health Foundation and let people know about our purpose,” said event coordinator and foundation board member Terri Tweedy.
A team of CHS staff members volunteered their time and talents to coordinate Zombie Walk.
“The committee was made up entirely of CHS staff, and this would not have been possible without them,” Tweedy said. “We have such a great staff and they all took charge of their part and stepped in to help wherever they saw a need.”
Neighbors and businesses along Third Street joined in the fun by passing out water and candy and opening their stores for the evening.
“This community support was an added bonus, and we definitely appreciate everything they did,” Tweedy said. “The high school drama department also appeared in costume, so we hope people will make a point to go see their upcoming production of The Addams Family.” Zombie Walk was part of the Coffey County Wellness Circuit.
Plans are already underway for next year’s event. Anyone who is interested in helping is encouraged to contact Terri Tweedy at (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4222.
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