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Anne Carlsen, JRMC Foundation set Giving Hearts records

Two local nonprofits had record-setting donations after taking part in Giving Hearts Day on Thursday. The Anne Carlsen Center unofficially raised $406,000 Thursday, up 44 percent from the $282,000 the nonprofit raised in 2017, according to Felici...

Two local nonprofits had record-setting donations after taking part in Giving Hearts Day on Thursday.

The Anne Carlsen Center unofficially raised $406,000 Thursday, up 44 percent from the $282,000 the nonprofit raised in 2017, according to Felicia Sargeant, associate development director for Anne Carlsen Center-Jamestown.

“Last year we were ranked fifth overall, breaking into the top five for the first time,” she said. “This year we are ranked second overall out of all charities.”

The Dakota Medical Foundation, the Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation host Giving Hearts Day. The fundraising event raised a preliminary figure of $13.1 million through 63,586 donations this year, which is up 22.4 percent from 2017’s figure of $10.7 million, according to information from the Dakota Medical Foundation.

The Anne Carlsen Center was rated one of the 10 top nonprofits with an annual budget more than $500,000 to raise funds during Giving Hearts Day, according to the Dakota Medical Foundation. Official giving statistics and details will be released after all data is verified.

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Since its inception, Giving Hearts Day has raised more than $54 million for charities and nonprofits in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Katie Ryan-Anderson, Jamestown Regional Medical Center marketing manager, said the JRMC Foundation had its best year ever by raising $75,325 from 202 donors. Last year the foundation raised $50,000 from 123 donors.

“We are so grateful to the community,” Ryan-Anderson said. “Donors large and small made this possible.”

The JRMC Foundation will use the Giving Hearts funds, unless those funds were directed to another purpose by the donor, to help pay for a Xenex LightStrike robot, which uses ultraviolet light to clean surfaces. The cost is about $100,000 for one of these robots.

Ryan-Anderson said the foundation asked students to name the robot. She said four names were picked, and people can vote for their favorite name at the JRMC’s Facebook page at  http://bit.ly/JRMCrobot .

The four names are:

* Artemis - Goddess of Light. And Protector of the Vulnerable;

* Lightning McClean;

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* Rosie: Robot Offering Safe Ideal Environment

* U-VEE.

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