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Area women donate to Care Partners, Inc.

posted Dec 7, 2012, 6:25 AM by Dan Prijatel
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Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 9:02 pm

EVELETH — Three Virginia area ladies have helped raise $1,000 for Care Partners, Inc.

“Talk about a random act of kindness,” said Care Partners, Inc. Coordinator Tasia Hoag about the donation from Laura Hackala, Melanie Stickney and Sue Smolich. “It really means a lot to us.”

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The ladies donated $500 of their $1,000 winnings by taking second place at the Fortune Bay Resort Casino Halloween Costume Contest.

The ladies dressed up as breasts and a Breast Cancer ribbon to show their support for Breast Cancer. Once the ladies knew what they were going to be, they decided to donate any winnings to Care Partners, Inc., which is a local organization committed to helping individuals and families facing cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Stickney then offered a challenge to Fortune Bay Resort Casino on Facebook to donate $1 for every like of their Halloween Costume, which was a huge hit at the party. Fortune Bay Management agreed to sponsor the first 500 likes that the ladies received on Facebook.

“We were more than willing to help them out,” said Fortune Bay Resort Casino General Manager Norm Adams of the additional $500 donation. “We commend them for their creativity and for their willingness to help out such an important agency.”

Smolich said it was important to her and her friends to make a donation to Care Partners, Inc. rather than simply donate it to a national organization.

“That’s why we wanted to make the donation to them, because they help out people on the Iron Range,” she said.

“I just hope others see this and pay it forward as well,” she said. “No one ever quite knows when or if one will need help by these great organizations, but by supporting them, they will always be available and that is all we can ask for.”

Hoag said the ladies’ decision to make a donation to Care Partners, Inc. could really do a lot to help out their agency.

“This was such a nice surprise,” she said. “It would have been a lot easier for them to just keep the money, but we are obviously touched by their generosity.”

For more information about Care Partners, Inc. go to or call 218-404-1411.