Hy-Vee and Ronald McDonald House

The Rochester Hy-Vee stores hosted a wish list drive on behalf of Ronald McDonald House on the weekend of September 16, 2017.

On Saturday and Sunday, Ronald McDonald House volunteers greeted customers at the store entrances, handed out wish lists and collected items.

Marit Williams, Communications Director for Ronald McDonald House of Rochester said, “Because of Hy-Vee’s wish list drive, we were able to successfully fill the shelves of our food pantry. Thank you to everyone in the local community who donated an item, a shopping bag of donations or a cart-full of food to our families. Collectively they all added up and will make our families’ lives a little easier this fall. Thank you Hy-Vee for your partnership and ongoing commitment to local non-profits!”   

Hy-Vee Supports Join the Journey with Event and Donation

The West Circle Drive Hy-Vee hosted a wine & cheese fundraising event to benefit Join the Journey on Thursday, August 10.  The event gathered 34 attendees and featured over 20 samples.

With the support of our local wine and cheese vendors who donated all products sampled during the event, Hy-Vee presented a donation of $500 to Join the Journey on Wednesday, August 16.  Alyssa Griffith, Operations Manager, accepted the check on behalf of Join the Journey.

Join the Journey is dedicated to promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.  Join the Journey was founded in 2005. Effie Psimos and Patty Allen, breast cancer survivors, and close friend Margie Loprinzi, came together with the hope of raising awareness of breast cancer in Rochester, Minnesota.  Before long, Join the Journey had its first Ten-Mile Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.  The community response was tremendous, and participation grows each year. In 2016, nearly 1,000 people participated!

Join the Journey has evolved into an established non-profit community organization, which supports programs and projects that uphold its mission of promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.

Thank you to the following vendors who generously donated products for this event:

Carr Valley Cheese
Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese
Widmer’s Cheese Cellar
Hook’s Cheese
Caves of Faribault
Deer Creek Specialty Cheese
Artigiano Cheeses

Wine Merchants
Grape Beginnings
Grandma’s Gourmet’s

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Hy-Vee Customers ‘Rose’ to the Occasion to Thank Military Families

July 12 through July 18, customers were invited to show their support for military families by donating a rose at checkout. Then, on July 23, a team of helpful smiles from the 37th Street Hy-Vee presented these flowers to the military families who attended the Operation Welcome Home retreat at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. 

The idea for this campaign came from Marthamae Kottschade, Hy-Vee’s floral manager at the 37th Street store.  As a mother of two Marine sons, she understands firsthand the sacrifices these military families make.

Tracy Bashore, director of operations, welcomed the attendees to the chapel on Sunday morning then handed the microphone to Marthamae, who announced the success of the campaign and surprised the crowd with 1,680 roses.  The families were called up one by one, and Marthamae presented each of the 70 attendees with a bouquet of two dozen beautiful roses, a warm hug and a sincere thank-you.

Operation Welcome Home is a series of faith-based weekends at the Miracle Lodge to provide encouragement, hope, and inspiration to active military, veterans and their families. The retreat is free for all attending.  All funding is provided by donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals.  Since 2008, approximately 7000 families have participated in the retreat.

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch is a Christian Camp and Conference/Retreat Center located in southern Minnesota serving over 24,000 people per year, specializing in programs for youth, physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and military.  Their mission is to engage people, regardless of life experience, and teach them the joy of living out their God-given purpose, through the love of Christ.

A grand total of 3,000 roses were donated during that week in July, so there are 1,320 remaining roses to be presented to the families who attend the upcoming Operation Welcome Home retreat in October.   

We are so thankful for the generosity of Hy-Vee customers who made this happen!

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Hy-Vee Starbucks Employees Donate Tips to March of Dimes

Every month, our Starbucks employees inside the West Circle Drive Hy-Vee donate their tips to a local charity.

March of Dimes was selected as the charity of choice for the month of June. 

Tips collected throughout the month totaled $1,099.38

Paul Klinger, Board Chair for the Rochester chapter, graciously accepted the donation on behalf of March of Dimes on July 10, 2017.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Looking ahead to next month, July’s tips will be donated to Recovery is Happening.

(insert photo – Summary: Hy-Vee employees presented a donation of $1,099.38 to Paul Klinger, Board Chair for March of Dimes.)

Women’s Shelter Wish List Drive

The Rochester Hy-Vee stores hosted a Wish List Drive for the Women’s Shelter on Saturday, June 3.

Women’s Shelter, Inc. assists victims of domestic violence and their children by establishing and maintaining a facility that provides temporary shelter and supplies to those who seek help.

Volunteers staffed tables at all four stores, greeting customers, handing out wish lists and recruiting donations.

At the end of the event, the Women’s Shelter gathered a total of $554 in cash and gift cards in addition to 26 packages of diapers, 48 packages of baby wipes and 86 personal care products. 

None of this could have been possible without the help of Hy-Vee’s generous customers.