Party with a Twist gift drive gives santa a run for his money

Santa may have elves and a turbo-charged sled, but he’s got nothing on a collection of women, shopping with a purpose! More than 50 guests of Jill Hazod and Julie Ellenbecker, Rogers Memorial Foundation Board members, hit the stores and donated gift items for children who will remain in treatment at Rogers Behavioral Health over the holidays. Tables overflowed with plush blankets, fuzzy socks, Barbie dolls, art supplies, stuffed animals, and much more at the Ellenbecker Investment Group (EIG) office. Hazod estimates that $700 in gift cards were also donated.

Dubbed Party with a Twist, this was the second annual gift drive organized by Hazod and this year, it was combined with annual EIG drive, which brought together an even larger number from the women’s circle of friends for the evening of cheer and charity.

“I started hosting this party for an opportunity to give back,” shared Hazod. “Having lost a brother to suicide in 1992, I know some of the struggles these families face. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to go through those struggles with one of my children and to be away from them during the holiday season.”

This year, like during last year’s event, many of Hazod and Ellenbecker’s guests openly shared their own family experiences with mental health challenges – some for the first time.

“It goes to show that you never really know the struggles that are faced in the lives of those around us,” said Hazod.

Thank you Jill Hazod, Julie Ellenbecker and friends for brightening the holidays for Rogers’ youngest patients this year.

Please, will you help us save more lives this year than ever before? Here’s how:

Make an impact by giving an end-of-year donation to Rogers Foundation. Your gift can be made to support one or all of our lifesaving initiatives, it can be given as a tribute gift for a friend or loved one, and it can be designated to the program or regional clinic of your choice. Your donations save lives!

May is Mental Health Month! A “Give for a Better Day” coping skills drive, held in conjunction with your business, school or civic organization, is an excellent way to help patients at Rogers fill their emotional toolkits with small, but effective, therapeutic items. And, you will help start a conversation about the importance of mental health and wellness! Not sure where to begin? Download the MyRogers Community Sponsored Event Proposal Packet or go to MyRogers for more details.