“Cruisin’ the Hits: Part II”, the March production by Shults & Co., netted more than $14,000 for Grinnell Regional Medical Center from ticket sales and program advertising. Since 1995, the Grinnell Rotary Club has partnered with Shults & Co. to raise and contribute more than $85,000 to local organizations and projects.
This year’s contribution to GRMC is being supplemented with a $2,500 grant from Rotary District 6000 and Rotary International, and a Community Service Award contribution from the Monsanto Company on behalf of Shults & Co. singer and Monsanto employee, Jerry Lane; making the total gift the largest in the 20-year fundraising partnership. The Rotary contribution to GRMC will be used to purchase equipment for the laboratory and the GRMC Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite. The gift honors long-time member and past Rotary president, Gregg Hawkins, director of the GRMC lab.
“We are grateful to Grinnell Rotary and Shults & Co. for supporting GRMC again this year. The funds raised by the show make a difference in the lives of GRMC patients,” said Todd Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “This is wonderful example of the benefits of local philanthropy in making awesome facilities available for the benefit of our community.”
Throughout the past 20 years, the Grinnell Rotary Club has sponsored the biennial musical production, co-directed by Frank and Sherry Shults, to raise funds for the club’s many and varied projects. The Shultses and their team of singers and musicians perform the musical revues in the Voertman Community Theatre, all with local talent and volunteers.
“Sherry and I are always proud and feel fortunate to be in a community that supports the hospital so strongly. GRMC has meant a lot to us as a family and we are proud to donate the proceeds of our Shults & Co. efforts to the medical center,” says Frank Shults. “This show’s profits, added to the proceeds from our last show, bring our total contribution to the hospital, through Rotary, to nearly $27,000. An oncology bay in the GRMC Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite was recently named in honor of Grinnell Rotary and Shults & Co.”