RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Area Hospital president David Miller may have been the
loser in a friendly competition between the hospital and
River Falls Medical Clinic, but the American Cancer Society
was definitely the winner.
Miller sported green hair at Friday's (March 28, 2014) Relay
For Life of River Falls/Pierce County as a result of losing a
Pot of Gold contest between staff at River Falls Area
Hospital, part of Allina Health, and River Falls Medical
The Pot of Gold event, which raised a total of $695.02 for
the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of River
Falls/Pierce County, saw employees from both organizations
competing to collect the most change, with any paper money or
check donations counting negatively. The heads of
administration at each facility agreed to dye their hair
green if their organization lost the challenge.
"I lost, fair and square, and I'm willing to pay up," said
Miller. "If someone asks me why my hair is green, I'm happy
to tell them it's because we raised this money for cancer.
And if someone gave another significant sum for cancer, I
would paint it green again."
The money raised through the Pot of Gold challenge will be
added to funds raised by hospital and clinic employees
through a series of events, including a chili cook-off, bake,
craft and luminaria sale, and donations to walkers, totaling
more than $4,500. Additionally, Virginia Piper
Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health, was one of the
major sponsors of Relay for Life of River Falls/Pierce