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Charity Spotlight: Fors Financial / “Hog Wild” for Olympic Medical Center Foundation
Advisor Goes Hog Wild to Improve Healthcare
There are many differences between living in an urban area versus a rural one, but access to quality healthcare should not be one of them. Rural hospitals face unique challenges with raising adequate funding for capital improvements, purchasing innovative diagnostic tools, recruiting leading physicians, and more. Helping her local hospital to overcome these challenges is a passion for Casi Fors, founder and lead financial advisor at Fors Financial.
“When you live on a peninsula, as we do, having access to life-saving health care is critical,” explained Fors. “It can take hours for us to get to Seattle from the North Olympic Peninsula and when you have aging parents or a newborn baby in critical care, you don’t want to be commuting several hours each day back and forth to the city.”
Hospital foundations, such as the Olympic Medical Center Foundation (OMCF), have proven to be valued partners to rural hospitals. Since 1984, OMCF has raised over $7 million for Olympic Medical Center, a rural community health care provider serving the residents of Clallam County, Washington. In 2016, OMCF’s capital campaign raised $2.3 million for the Olympic Medical Cancer Center. The foundation has also provided over $350,000 to help cover the necessary living expenses of qualified cancer patients in Olympic Medical Center’s Patient Navigator program and more! OMCF has grown to be the largest hospital foundation in the country.
Since 2002, Fors has been an active volunteer for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation (OMCF). She has served on their board of directors since 2002, was president of the board in 2007, and has co-chaired several of their annual events including the upcoming Hog Wild – A Night of Games, Suds, and Grub this year.
OMCF just wrapped up the Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby in May, which happens to bring in the largest amount of donations of any duck derby in the country. The next two events planned for the summer include the Sonny Sixkiller Celebrity Golf Classic on July 25 and Hog Wild on August 24.
Hog Wild involves a healthy competition between local area physicians and medical specialists competing for the best BBQ ribs. Held at the Harbinger Winery, event goers get to enjoy delicious food, play a variety of carnival games, and connect with some of their local area health care providers all while raising money to benefit the Olympic Medical Center and its specialty and satellite offices.
“OMCF’s fundraising success comes from over 1,000 volunteers who help us make six events possible each year,” said Fors. “Together, we are strengthening the healthcare of our community, and it’s gratifying to be a part of it all!”
To learn more about Hog Wild and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.omhf.org/hog-wild
To learn more about Casi Fors and Fors Financial, visit http://www.forsfinancialconsulting.com/.