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Hospital volunteers’ annual Koeze Nut Sale continues

Courtesy Photo Karen Morey, fundraising chair, stands next to this year’s Koeze Nut Sale display at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Orders are now being accepted for curbside delivery service.

ALPENA — Area residents have access to state-of-the-art technology and patient care services at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena thanks in large part to the ongoing fundraising of the Medical Center’s volunteers.

The annual Koeze Nut Sale has been one of the groups most popular and long-standing events as well as the top earner with all dollars raised used to support ongoing projects. The sale has appealed to donors and shoppers throughout the holiday season for many years and features a variety of specialty candy and nuts.

Amanda Timm, volunteer services manager, is pleased that the volunteers have redesigned a sale fitting for the times that she hopes will garner some of the usual community excitement.

“In these difficult times, our volunteers felt it was more important than ever to continue the tradition of our annual Koeze Nut Sale,” said Timm. “They were up for the challenge of offering creative options to our supporters. This year, we will be taking phone and email orders and offer curbside pick-up service. Our fundraiser chair, Karen Morey, has been very open-minded and does an excellent job rallying the troops.”

Curbside pick-up orders can be placed by calling Morey at 313-378-1829 or the volunteer office at 989-356-8045. An order form is available at www.midmichigan.org/nutsale. Both Morey and Timm are encouraging shoppers to place orders as early as possible.

“So many supply chains have been disrupted this year,” said Morey. “It’s a little hard to predict what will happen. Right now, though, we have an excellent selection of items that any business or family would love to have to celebrate the holidays.”

The Nut Sale began Nov. 16 and runs through Friday, Dec. 18 (pending inventory availability). All proceeds from the sale will be used to support facility upgrades, advanced technology and patient care at the Medical Center in Alpena.

“The passion and commitment our volunteers exhibit is always impressive,” Timm added. “They do so much for our patients and staff and their efforts to ensure this tradition continues for our community is a great testament to their dedication.”

MidMichigan Health, a nonprofit health system headquartered in Midland, provides award-winning, high-quality care to the 23-county region it serves. With Medical Centers in Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch, MidMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more.

MidMichigan Health partners with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, nursing students and other clinical experts. It has more than 8,800 employees, volunteers and health care providers. In fiscal year 2020, MidMichigan Health provided more than $91 million in community benefits, and supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MidMichigan Health Foundation.

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