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Hudson Hospital raises $70,000 to fight opioid abuse

Hudson Hospital Foundation board members and event corporate sponsors award grant checks to Hudson School District and Hudson Police Department for opioid education and outreach. 1 / 3
Hudson Police Lt. Geoff Willems speaks with Kim Peters during a demonstration of a mock teen bedroom at the Hudson Hospital Foundation annual fundraising event on Friday, Nov. 3. The mock bedroom is one of the programs for which the event raised money. Photos courtesy of Hudson Hospital Foundation2 / 3
Chris Kost, Executive Director of Hudson YMCA, serves as auctioneer during the Hudson Hospital Foundation event’s live auction on Nov. 3. The live auction Kost hosted received more than $27,000 in community donations. 3 / 3

With its annual event in November, the Hudson Hospital Foundation met its fundraising goal, raising $70,000 for its cause: fighting opioid abuse. The money raised will support efforts in the local community to combat opioid and other drug abuse, including programming at the high school and the purchase of a mock teen bedroom for the police department.

"There's no question we'll be able to support all the efforts and hopefully have some money to put away for future prevention efforts," Hudson Hospital Foundation President Kari Rambo said.

The final total was thanks to matching donations of $25,000. Rambo said the funds were raised by a combined effort of residents and business leaders in the community.

"I just think that that's a true testament that this community wanted to see change and wanted to see action," Rambo said.

The night featured speaker testimonies as well as a silent and live auction. Guests also had the chance to see a demonstration of the model bedroom, which will be used by the police department to show parents where teenagers may hide concerning items in their rooms.

"That was a whole different twist of the night was to have that interactive session with our guests," Rambo said.

Between the speakers, auctions and demonstrations, Rambo said the best part of the night came when donations reached the goal.

"That was the highlight," when we really got that close to the goal and then we exceeded."

Overall, Rambo said those in attendance responded well to the cause, and many came specifically for it.

"They understood our message," Rambo said. "They understood what we wanted to develop in the community around prevention."

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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