Friday, January 31, 2014 Written by Elizabeth Ruen

PEO Provides Donations to the Caring Club House

In December the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House was blessed with a variety of donations from the Watertown Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO). Donations included of sheets, towels, toiletry items, bottled water, canned goods, and gifts cards for groceries for the House. PEO is an international women’s organization with approximately 250,000 members.

Pictured here are PEO members who delivered the donations: Dorothy Bassingthwaite, President, Donna Schoenbeck, Helen Adducci, Kim Vener and Carol Johnson. Also pictured are Alison Gilbertson, Director of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation and Mary Opseth, Caretaker of the Caring Club House.

The Caring Club House was created to help meet the hospitality needs of patients, their families and caregivers. As Prairie Lakes Healthcare Systems grows as a regional medical center, more people utilize Watertown for medical services.  As part of our mission to provide compassionate care, we are pleased to offer this special home to help ease the burdens patients, families and caregivers may experience during a medical illness and treatment. In 2013 the Caring Club House served nearly 1,000 guests from a variety of communities and states.

Funded and furnished completely through community support and donations, the Caring Club House is a not-for-profit, community based project of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation. All contributions of time, materials and money are welcome and are tax deductible as allowed by law. Without support from generous donors, this service would not be possible.

Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation exists to raise funds with which to support and advance the health care services through Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. Your support is appreciated and necessary to continue the maintenance and advancement of healthcare services in our region. For questions about how you can make a donation, please contact the Foundation office at 882-7631, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit