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Businesses, others succeed on hospital’s fund-raising efforts — even during tough times

As staff at Alton Memorial Hospital focus on responding to COVID-19 and protecting patients, staff and the community, the  Biver Bend area again responded with overwhelming support.

The pandemic forced Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation to cancel the 12th annual Duck Pluckers, Deer Skinners & Fish Hookers Ball, originally scheduled for June and then August.

“We were hopeful that we’d be able to gather again at NILO Farms to raise money to purchase a new ambulance for the hospital,” said Kristen Ryrie, manager of the Foundation. “During this evolving health crisis, the planning committee and the Foundation have been encouraged and humbled by the outpouring of generosity and support.”

Even without an event, $67,299 was raised for the Duck Pluckers Ball fund. The donations will be used to purchase an ambulance for Alton Memorial Hospital, or if approved by the Foundation board of directors, for immediate patient care needs at the hospital.

“Our Duck Pluckers donors and supporters are true heroes,” said George Milnor, chairman of AMHSF Board of Directors. “There’s no finer proof of that than their continuing, tremendous financial support — even during this pandemic. We thank you for helping us meet the unique and stressful challenges of the time so that we may continue assisting the hospital in providing excellent care for the communities it serves. Truly, this is impressive support at a critical time.”

To donate to the 2020 Duck Pluckers Fund or Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation, visit

The Foundation and Alton Memorial Hospital staff thanked the 2020 Duck Pluckers planning committee and the remarkable people, organizations, small businesses and corporations who supported the 2020 Duck Pluckers Ball:

Bull’s Eye Sponsors
The Honorable Barry and Gaye Julian
Simmons Hanly Conroy

Trophy Buck Sponsors
Tech Mahindra

Bass Buster Sponsors
Alton Memorial Hospital Medical Staff
Helmkamp Construction
The Gori Law Firm
Werts Welding & Tank Service

Poacher Sponsors
1st Mid-America Credit Union
Alton Materials
American Response Vehicles
Anders CPAs + Advisors
Bethesda Health Group/Alton Memorial Rehabilitation & Therapy
Carrollton Bank

The Homer Clark Family

HeplerBroom, LLC
JEN Mechanical, Inc.
Kane Mechanical
Krilogy Financial
Lewis & Clark Community College Foundation

George and Laurie Milnor
Olin Corporation Winchester Division
Chad M. Opel, CFP of Visionary Wealth Advisors
Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery
Piasa Management

Roberts Motors
St. Louis Trust Company

Special Thanks To
Adams Development Co.
Aerie’s Resort
ALLGLASS Window Cleaning
Altitude Trampoline Park – Glen Carbon
Alton Cracker Factory
Alton Farm & Home Supply
Alton Haunted Odyssey
Alton Refrigeration
Backyard Dreams

Bluff City Grill
Bollini Taxidermy
Bowl Haven
CNB Bank & Trust

Chameleon Integrated Services

Clayton Valet & Parking Management
Colman’s Country Campers

Cope Plastics
Dick’s Flowers
Donnewald Distributing
Duke Bakery
Edison’s Entertainment Complex
Freer Auto Body
GCS Credit Union
The Glendale Riders
Brad and Jeanne Goacher
Grafton Trail Rides
Hamilton Fabrication & Steel Supply
Keith Jackson
K&K Metal Works
Loading Dock
Lockhaven Golf Course
Maneke Jewelers
Mike Mathus
Mississippi Mud Pottery
Missouri Botanical Garden
Morrison Healthcare
My Just Desserts
NILO Farms
Old Bakery Beer Company
Picture This & More
Phoenix Textile Corporation
Pope Animal Hospital
Premier Rentals
PRP Wine Tasting
Ringneck Ranch, Inc.

Stephen and Jane Saale
Schlafly Tap Room
Schneider Graphics
Sievers Kennels
Southwestern Archery
St. Peters Hardware & True Value Rental
State Street Market
Tarrant & Harman Real Estate and Auction
The Magic House
Tractor Supply Alton
United Site Services
West Star Aviation
Woodlands Golf Course
2020 Duck Pluckin’ Planning Committee Members
Joanne Adams
Jason Bowman
Rusty Ingram
Gaye Julian
Marlene Lewis
Martha Morse
Kristen Ryrie
Nancy Simpson
Jeanne Truckey

PHOTO: From left, EMS Manager Jason Bowman, Squad Leader Matt Jolly, EMT Brandon Droste, EMT Rose Hand, Paramedic Harold Brooks and Paramedic Madison Roam.


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