Gift made to palliative care unit
A local non-profit sorority group donated this chair to the Portage District General Hospital palliative care unit....Staff photo by Angela Brown
A local non-profit group is keeping the memory of one of its members alive with a special donation to the local hospital for its palliative care unit.
On Thursday, the Beta Sigma Phi XI Delta Portage la Prairie Chapter donated a new leather recliner chair it purchased with funds raised to honour long-time member Sheila Plunkett, who recently lost her battle with cancer. The international women's group is a non-service, non-profit organization.
"We are dedicating a chair to our sorority sister Sheila," said the sorority's president Ann Latoski of the donation. "In her memory we have donated the chair for palliative care ... It's needed. People who are all out of sorts want something to sit down and be comfortable."
The value of the lazy-boy style chair is about $700.
Sheila Plunkett's husband Gordon and son Ryan were at the hospital for the presentation of the gift.
"I think it's a great thing for them to donate it," said Gordon. "My wife belonged to the Beta Sigma Phi (and) was very active with it. She was a lifetime member. This chair is in memory of her. She passed away last July."
Sheila Plunkett was with the sorority group for about 33 years.
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