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Whirling Thunder Wellness Center raise a record $95,000


August 25, 2022


Congratulations to Whirling Thunder Wellness Center!

Ho-Chunk, Inc. employees helped raise a record $95,000 through the Ho-Chunk Way Employee Donations Program for this community priority.

A recent check presentation with Ho-Chunk, Inc. employees and Whirling Thunder staff celebrated the milestone at the Land of Wellness athletic complex in Winnebago.

“We are grateful to present this check on behalf of our employees across the company because it is a direct and lasting investment in the Winnebago community’s health,” said Angel Derochie, Ho-Chunk, Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer.

The mission of the Whirling Thunder Wellness Program is to fight diabetes by empowering individuals and families to live a healthy life with balance through prevention programs and clinical services.

The total donation was split between two check presentations, with the first check having been presented earlier this year.

“The vision we have is for this money to go back to the community with improvements and additions here at the Land of Wellness,” said Eugene Decora, Activities Coordinator for Whirling Thunder Wellness Center.

The Ho-Chunk Way Employee Donations Program builds on the mission of Ho-Chunk, Inc. to improve lives in the Winnebago community.

Since the program began in 2017, over $335,000 has been raised for Winnebago organizations, including employee donations, donations from the public and matching funds from Ho-Chunk, Inc.

Previous Ho-Chunk Way recipients include the Winnebago Youth Shelter, HoChunk Renaissance, the Winnebago Boys & Girls Club and the Winnebago Senior Center.

Community entities and programs are invited to apply each year, and the annual recipient is chosen by an employee committee.

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