Talk about being on the receiving end of the gift of good health. On July 28, Susan Concannon, executive director of the Beliot, Kan.-based Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation, opened a letter and found a winning $10,000 Powerball ticket. The anonymous donation came in the mail along with a note that read, “Please accept this gift for the Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation for all the good work you do. God Bless!”
Concannon, according to a Kansas Lottery news release, said the gift was completely unexpected, particularly since the foundation is fairly new. She started the organization—which according to the irs.gov website has 501(c)(3) status—in 2008 to help improve the rural community's healthcare services. The foundation isn't affiliated with area Mitchell County Hospital Health Services, but Concannon says it was created to bolster the local provider's physician-recruitment and care-access efforts. The foundation's current projects include providing scholarships for medical students who commit to returning to the community and opening a hospitality house where hospital patients' visiting family members can stay.
The identity of the Powerball-ticket donor is unknown. All Kansas Lottery officials could say is that it was purchased on July 16 at 1:54 p.m. at a local Pump Mart.
“I go to the post office a lot and hope that someone has sent us money, but I never expected a winning lottery ticket,” Concannon says.