January 2021
Our goal is to build and sustain free housing that will support patients and their families in North Central Montana.
For many years, there has been a great need in our community for patient housing while receiving outpatient treatment. A patient housing facility has become our top priority.
Read inspiring highlights below!
Construction Update
The construction team is moving right along even in the cold weather! This photo was taken January 6th by Samantha Shinaberger. We loved watching the second story go up and the walls are going up this week as well!

We will continue to keep you updated on our construction here and our Facebook page.

To view more photos, click the image or click here.
First Fundraiser of 2021, TODAY!
Welcome New Board Member Jon Boutilier!
The Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation is pleased to welcome Jon Boutilier with Stockman Bank to our Board of Directors. Jon is a well-known member of the Great Falls community and plans to help contribute to both the Foundation’s and the Great Falls Clinic’s success.

Jon is originally from Helena, MT and attended Montana State University in Bozeman after graduating from Capital High School in Helena. Jon made the move to Great Falls in January 2006, but had spent many summers in Great Falls growing up as his grandparents lived in town. Jon made the move when the opportunity arose and his family journeyed to Great Falls through Jon’s work, setting a priority for themselves to find the perfect family-oriented community. Jon secured a position with Stockman Bank in 2010 and is now their VP – Branch Manager/Commercial Loan Officer.

He enjoys meeting being part of a growing community, providing the foundation for business opportunities, and knowing your business had a “piece” of your community growing. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors at the Great Falls PreRelease Center and on the audit committee for Easter Seals Goodwill.

Jon married his wife, Mandi, 17 years ago and they have two children together. Jon enjoys spending time with his family and friends in Montana’s great outdoors. He likes to golf, go boating, snow skiing, and attend his kid’s sporting events, too. 

Jon uses the Great Falls Clinic for his medical needs and has been a patient of Dr. Kluge for several years. Jon first heard about the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation in 2019 at the Leaving a Legacy Gala, the Foundation’s annual event.
Thank You To Our Payroll Deduction Donors!
At the beginning of every year, Great Falls Clinic Employees pledge money to be donated from their paychecks to the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation. It is one of our quickest-growing sources of income as a Foundation, and their dedication to our cause is part of the reason why we are able to consistently support patients who need a place to stay after a challenging diagnosis.

We wanted to honor those who had already signed up for payroll deductions in 2021 in the list below:
2021 Payroll Deduction Donors
  • Brian Allison
  • Rhetta Brandt
  • Bonnie Bryant
  • Kensie Butts
  • Amanda Cunningham
  • Margaret Dailey
  • Krista Fuhringer
  • Leisa Hotaling
  • Zoe Irvin
  • Patti Jasinski
  • Kathy Jenkins
  • Vicki Keith
  • Melissa Kingsland
  • Patsy Kirkhart
  • Gayle Mauler
  • Mary McGivern
  • Rachelle Murphy
  • Sara Murphy
  • Sydney Norby
  • Audrey Phillips
  • Kendra Puckett
  • Tina Rabbitt
  • Megan Ratliff
  • Markie Rohrback
  • Kimberly Schwartz
  • Samantha Shinaberger
  • Jill Tanner
  • Paula Walter
  • Sheila Yuhas
Read real-life stories about patients and families living in our Montana communities and how we can make a difference!
Havre Woman's Fight Against Breast Cancer by Ligia Arango
In 2020, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I completed my yearly mammogram and that is when it was discovered. I was informed that I would need 17 treatments and I would have to stay in Great Falls for the duration of my treatment. Because of this, I was referred to Tina Rabbitt, the Cancer Care social worker. Tina told me about the housing grants the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation had to offer, and said they would most likely pay for my stay while in treatment. I was very grateful and impressed that there was a group of people thinking about women like me and ready to offer financial support.

It didn’t really hit me that I had cancer until I started treatment and realized the immense scope of what I was going through. I was away from my home, I wasn’t able to work, and I was living with a disease that could kill me. I knew very little about the intense treatments, and they looked ominous – like out of Star Wars.

The donation from the Legacy Foundation allowed me to focus on taking care of myself. It was a gift that gave me the space to deal with the emotional, and physical demands of the treatments without the worry of wondering how I would pay for my housing. As the days have gone by and my life is back to my regular schedule and activities, every so often I think back about those days in Great Falls. The picture in my mind is a large diverse group of women, lovingly and quietly carrying me. They carried me through the radiation treatments. What a great gift, I was not alone.
Because of my journey and newfound knowledge of patients traveling for treatment, I fully support the future Harold & Carmen Poulsen Legacy Housing facility. Please consider giving to this important project. 
Read donor highlights and other important recognition events below!
Donor of the Month: Dianna Wichman!
Dianna Wichman currently lives in Great Falls, Montana. She works at the Great Falls Clinic as the Supply Chain Supervisor. Dianna first heard about the Legacy Foundation at her place of work, and she started donating in 2020. When asked what inspired her to donate, she responded, “[I wanted] to make a contribution to honor my son’s memory.”

Dianna also shared what she enjoys helping families in need during difficult times. She is passionate about making sure that families have one less thing to worry about. “I think [the Harold & Carmen Poulsen Legacy Housing Facility] will be a wonderful addition to our community.” Dianna shared, “[I] give kudos to all of those that have made this a possibility for our community.”

At the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation, employee giving is one of our fastest-growing avenues for donations. In 2020, the Foundation quadrupled its payroll deductions, which are automatically withdrawn by Human Resources and directed to the Legacy Foundation. The amount can be set for however much or however long the donor would like it to give. In 2020, the majority of donations via payroll deductions were within a $5-$10 price range. Payroll deductions can also be used to pay for fundraising projects, and several employees choose to donate for special events throughout the year this way. To learn more about employee giving, contact Audrey Phillips at (406) 216-8057 or audrey.phillips@gfclinic.com
Check out upcoming events below!

On January 13, 2021, Buffalo Wild Wings® will graciously donate
20% of sales from all guests at your table when you present your coupon!

Please distribute to everyone you know. (You CAN show the coupon on a cell phone as well.) On the day of your event, Buffalo Wild Wings® will donate 20% of sales from redeemed coupons. Please note that not everyone at a table has to have a coupon as long as they are part of the group dining with someone that has a coupon.

May NOT Distribute on Buffalo Wild Wings’ property.

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Review updates on our current capital campaign efforts to build our patient housing facility here!
Current Campaign Status Update - 75% Completion!
Recently, the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation "Building Hope" Campaign surpassed the $2.58 million mark due to a very generous grant. An unexpected escalation of the design and construction fees from several months ago increased our capital campaign goal to $3.4 million. But with our newest campaign update, we have successfully raised over 75% of the funds needed for this project and will break ground mid-September 2020.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering for the Foundation, we could certainly use your help! Please call 406-216-8057, email audrey.phillips@gfclinic.com or click the button below.
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To find out more information on how you can help, please call 406-216-8057 or email audrey.phillips@gfclinic.com.
December 2020 Donors
Here we recognize our donors for each month in the following month's newsletter. Below is a list of donor names that donated to our Foundation last month:

  • Reed Bassett in honor of Carissa Bassett
  • Ben Taylor Inc. in memory of Greg Taylor
  • Niki Bickel
  • The Blackbaud Giving Fund
  • Bonnie Bryant
  • Dr. Peter and Irene Burleigh
  • Kensie Butts
  • David and Betty Jean Callies Melby in honor of Dr. Mark Seal
  • James and Frances Combs
  • Amanda and Scott Cunningham
  • Margaret Dailey
  • Camile Duffy
  • Brett and Dr. Anna Earl
  • Arliss Engstrom in honor of Alison Town and Lisa Henneford
  • Jack Frantal
  • Brad and Alison Gaug
  • Gilly's 3d Printing
  • Great Falls Clinic, LLP
  • Dr. Karl Guter & Dr. Colleen Marron
  • C.E. and Pearl Hansen
  • Ashleigh Heichelbech
  • Leisa Hotaling
  • Patti Jasinski
  • Kathy Jenkins
  • Lindsey Kadner-DeBolt
  • Danielle Kimmett
  • Melissa Kingsland
  • Patsy Kirkhart
  • Virginia and Robert Leininger

  • Todd LePard in honor of Heidi LePard
  • Lloyd Lints
  • M & D Construction
  • Gayle Mauler
  • Dr. Bobby and Dr. Nancy Maynard
  • Diane Mellem
  • Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
  • Dr. Kelly Underhill & Paul Mousseau
  • Sara Murphy
  • Amanda and Sean Murray
  • My Viola Floral Studio
  • Sydney Norby
  • Brittany Oenes
  • Jackson Phillips in honor of Audrey Phillips
  • Dr. Gregg Pike in honor of Dr. Malinda Pike
  • Kendra and Dom Puckett
  • Allan and Tina Rabbitt
  • Meghan Ratliff
  • Eric Ray in honor of Connie Ann Ray
  • Kit Robinson
  • Alice Schultz
  • Kimberly Schwartz
  • Samantha Jean Shinaberger
  • Teresa Stenlund
  • Thomas and Elaine Suurendonk
  • James and Jill Tanner
  • Susan Taylor
  • Wyman and Dee Taylor in memory of Jack L. Lewis
  • John Walter
  • Paula Walter
  • Miriam and Michael Walters
  • Michael and Susan Weiser in honor of COVID-19 Nurses
  • Sheila Yuhas
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