Kim RockVam, Administrative Consultant
Why and How to Give
Oak Hills Living Center is perceived as the “community’s home.” The diverse services it offers clients and residents of all ages and situations affect the lives of many in the New Ulm area – both recipients of services and their family members. These may result through the use of any one of the following: two assisted living facilities, the short-term rehab unit, day therapy, home care services, adult day services, the nursing home, or Gutes Essen Deli & Catering Services. As Hubert H. Humphrey once stated: “…the moral test of a community is how the community treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”
There are various ways individuals, households and businesses can support Oak Hills Memorial Foundation and through it, the community’s home that is Oak Hills Living Center. These include use of Memorial Envelopes; becoming an annual Sponsoring Member; supporting the Foundation’s two Annual Fundraisers; or charitable gifts in a number of varieties. As a rule, these methods provide charitable gifting tax benefits to donors, exclusive of services or items received.
Available at area funeral homes, at the reception desk of Oak Hills Living Center, or upon request, use of these envelopes with a cash donation is a wonderful way to remember a beloved deceased family member or friend, particularly if they had at one time received services from Oak Hills Living Center. These donations enable the foundation to fulfill its mission on a day-to-day basis. Donors are recognized in the Foundation’s annual report.
Each fall, the foundation conducts an annual membership appeal. In doing so, it also provides an opportunity for an “In memory of…” or an “In honor of…” designated ornament to be hung on the foyer Christmas tree. The membership categories are:
Sponsoring members are recognized in the Foundation’s Annual Report, though a few prefer to be anonymous. Membership revenues enable the foundation to fulfill its mission on a day-to-day basis.
Thus far, the foundation board has established two annual fundraisers: the Annual Bowling Classic and the Annual Foundation Frolics. Attending these events assists the Oak Hills Memorial Foundation greatly in achieving financial goals that enable further granting to Oak Hills Living Center.
The Annual Bowling Classic is held annually on the first Monday of February at the Concordia Lanes in New Ulm. It consists of an afternoon of bowling, a live auction, some bucket raffles, concluding with a wonderful supper catered by Oak Hills own Gutes Essen Deli & Catering. Proceeds are designated for granting toward a specific equipment need identified in collaboration with Oak Hills Living Center management. Past bowling proceeds grants have gone toward electric beds, a handicap-accessible van, bariatric beds, ceiling lifts, pianos and bariatric chairs.
The Annual Foundation Frolics is held annually on the first Friday evening in May. It consists of a themed evening where attendees may dress to the theme.. Casual attire is the order of the day. The theme is carried out via appetizers and the meal served. Following dinner, a band provides music for easy listening or dancing. There is usually a brief live auction before the evening concludes. This event, still in its infancy, had past themes of “Stroll Back to the ‘60s”, “Boots & BBQ”, “Kentucky Derby” and “Retro TV.” Proceeds are designated to growing the Foundation’s Endowment Fund, Leave a Legacy. Only income from this fund is used to help fund grants to Oak Hills Living Center.
Charitable gifts may consist, in their simplest form as gifts of cash at any given time. Other charitable gifts can occur in the form of Corporate Matching Gifts, Securities, Life Insurance, Gift Annuities or Deferred Gift Annuities, Charitable Unitrusts, Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts, or Charitable Real Estate Annuities. Oak Hills Memorial Foundation, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advisory service. For advice or assistance regarding any of the suggested giving opportunities, the services of an attorney, accountant or other professional advisor should be obtained. The purpose of the foregoing is to provide general gift, estate, and financial planning information.