| Pictured is KPI employee Linda Stock with the group of individuals who helped lead fundraising efforts. Front (left to right): Marsha Moser and Heather Jensen. Back (left to right): Shelley Kemnitz, Linda Stock, Casey Sloan, Kristi Christiansen and Jill Stanage. Not pictured: Stacy Ryken.
Through charitable employee and community contributions, Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. (KPI-JCI), Yankton, S.D., was able to help in efforts to raise more than $20,000 for employee Linda Stock, who has worked for the company since 1987 in the technical publications department and was diagnosed with a blood cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome in July.
Several fundraising efforts were held, including selling “Team Stock” bracelets, holding raffles, splitting proceeds with local artisan Jean Koupel, working with Scentsy and Tupperware consultants who donated proceeds, and hosting a community benefit at Rounding 3rd in downtown Yankton. More than 400 people attended the benefit, and were entertained by the band Mrs. Begley and the Boys, which donated its time for the event.
“Because of all of the bills that piled up due to testing and treatments, we decided to try to help out Linda as much as we could,” Casey Sloan says, who works in Service at Kolberg-Pioneer. “Linda is extremely grateful for everyone’s support – every little bit helped.”
Stock, who will have a bone marrow transplant in October, will undergo chemo treatments in Omaha, Neb., for a few months, and hopefully return to Yankton in February, says the company.
“I’ve realized through all of this how great KPI and its employees are, as well as the community of Yankton and all of my friends and family,” Stock says. “I’d like to thank everyone for their support. It means so much!”