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Be a Giving Heart

By   Erin Wood

A one-day fundraising event in the Lake Region will request individuals to be giving hearts. 

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Lake Region State College is teaming up with the Dakota Medical Foundation and the Impact Foundation for this year’s 24-hour Giving Hearts Day.  

The Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation was founded in 2008 as the region’s first one-day virtual fundraising event with donations made on  Since its start, over $12 million has been raised through Giving Hearts Day.

This year the event will take place on Thursday, February, 12.  Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online give-a-thon that has increased fundraising success by charities of North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Lake Region State College and other local agencies, including Lake Region Heritage Center, North Dakota Hands and Voices, St. Joe’s Catholic School, Hope Center, Mercy Hospital Foundation, and Devils Lake Public Schools Development Fund are participating.

Funds raised for Lake Region State College during Giving Hearts day will support nursing education at the college. The Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation will match funds raised at LRSC up to $4,000. Gifts of $10 or greater are eligible for match.

Supporting nursing education through Giving Hearts Day makes sense when one considers all of the heart and caring that goes into the career, said Karen Clementich, nursing coordinator at LRSC.

Previous fundraising activity through Giving Hearts Day allowed the program to purchase patient simulators. This year funds will support students with clinical costs. 

“Student nurses must travel for certain clinical experiences because such settings are only available in certain communities,” Clementich said. 

Such clinical experience is needed for students to have exposure and experience in specific subject areas. 

Lake Region State College is part of the Dakota Nursing Program. The Dakota Nursing Program includes LRSC, Bismarck State College, Williston State College, and Dakota College at Bottineau. Students can study practical nursing and associate degree nursing at LRSC in Devils Lake. LRSC also offers practical nursing at a distance outreach site in Grand Forks and practical nurse and associate degree nursing in Mayville. Need for nurses in North Dakota is in high demand.

Student nurses also will be assisting with fundraising efforts having a “warm up” event where they will be selling loaded baked potatoes on February 10 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the new Bergstrom Technical Center on the LRSC campus.

To donate on Feb. 12, donors can go to the website, choose an organization to donate to, and easily give on Giving Hearts Day with just a few minutes of time. Each donation is tax-deductible. Once the gift is entered an e-card can be sent to a friend or family member, letting them know a donation has been made in their honor. 

For more information contact the LRSC Foundation at (701) 662-1507.