Floyd Ralph's gift was sparked by an email.
Floyd started working at St. Mary's Medical Center in 2000 in Environmental Services. Later he transferred to the Duluth Clinic. In 2003, he was accepted as an Essentia Health Security Officer.
One day he got an email from his supervisor, seeking someone from Security to volunteer for the Essentia Health Foundation Employee Giving Committee. Floyd responded. Then, as he puts it, "Things just morphed from there."
Floyd has a strong desire to give back to the community in which he lives, to help others in their healing, and to help other employees who have found themselves in an unfortunate situation. He is a familiar face at the Foundation's fundraising events.
"I like the activities and the feeling of being involved," he says, "and making a difference for Essentia Health employees' lives by helping to fund the Employee Emergency Fund. I know others are thankful and appreciative of our efforts."
As a member of the Employee Giving Committee, Floyd saw how the Foundation works with Essentia Health to improve its overall quality of care. After learning about its planned giving opportunities, he designated several gifts in his estate to the Foundation, including naming the Foundation as a beneficiary of his life insurance, retirement account and pension.
"This is the reason that I designated a planned gift to the Essentia Health Foundation: I hope the gift will be used to provide resources for an innovative procedure or program that, as of now, hasn't been developed or funded. In that way, I will feel like I have gone forward."
"I believe in what Essentia Health wants to accomplish."
Help Essentia Health Move Forward
If you would like to follow Floyd's example and support Essentia, consider making a planned gift from your estate to the Foundation. Contact Suzanne Anderson at 218-786-1783 or toll free 877-795-6674 or firstname.lastname@example.org today to learn more, at no obligation.