Avera donates $50,000 to Holy Redeemer school

Photo by Mike Lamb Holy Redeemer Pastor Mark Steffl, left, joins parish administrator Quentin Brunsvold, far right, and Holy Redeemer School Principal Josh Langseth, second from right, in accepting a $50,000 check from Regional President and CEO Mary Maertens, second from left, on Wednesday. The funds will be used to help pay for the school’s renovation project.

MARSHALL — When Holy Redeemer School started talking about a building renovation project, the decision by Avera to offer support was an easy one to make, according to its Regional President and CEO Mary Maertens.

“We wanted to partner with Holy Redeemer in a meaningful way,” Maertens said after presenting a $50,000 check to school and parish officials Wednesday.

The renovation project included new windows, a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, lighting, electrical and painting.

Although the renovation project is primarily finished according to Quentin Brunsvold, the Holy Redeemer parish administrator was appreciative for the donation by Avera to help pay the project bills.

“This is part of the huge contributions that we got from the parish and local businesses,” Brunsvold said.

Maertens said Avera started having conversations with Holy Redeemer several months ago.

“We are a faith-based organization ourselves and a sponsor of the work of the church. Our roots being with our Catholic and Sisters of the Benedictine and Presentation and we have a lot of interest in working with our youth and supporting healthy options and health and wellness. Because they (youth) are our future, our future workforce.

“When we have healthy kids and families, then we all benefit. So we put our sponsorship dollars like this toward those kinds of things,” Maertens said.

She also said Avera’s close distance from the school was another motivation factor behind the donation.

“Often times we share different levels of emergency preparedness and communication around that just because of our close proximity,” Maertens said. “We plan together, we drill together over the years. We also wanted to support folks in our neighborhood too.”