PUBLISHED: 4:16 PM on Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Soccer team continues support for Ketchikan General Hospital
The Kayhi Lady Kings Soccer Team is not only strong on the field, but they are winners off the field as well.

In the last two years they contributed over $5000 to the Ketchikan General Hospital Foundation and qualified for a match from First Bank that almost doubled their donation.

This year, the team raised $2,250 for the Foundation's project to purchase a Mini-C Arm, an innovation in portable x-ray equipment, and three infant resuscitator/warmer units.

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  Sheila Kleinschmidt, an Assistant Vice President of First Bank presents Kayhi Lady Kings Soccer Team member Chelsey Calvo with a Certificate of Appreciation and a check for $2,250 as teammate Nicci Johnson looks on.
Last year they raised about $3,500 for the new Women's Diagnostic Imaging Suite.

The new technology and dedicated area enable KGH to more effectively detect breast cancer and other cancers and diseases.

Each year team members spoke to Ketchikan CHARR, the First City Rotary Club, and met with other local organizations. First City Rotary was the biggest donor both years.

They put up posters and persuaded others to participate.

They toured the hospital facilities and learned about the KGH Foundation and the hospital.

First Bank in Ketchikan matched the soccer team contribution both years through their community service award program.

Established in 2005, "Helping Hands Building Community" is designed to encourage and foster citizenship, knowledge, and personal development through community service opportunities.

Through an employee match program, First Bank has contributed over $23,000 in the last two years to the Hospital Foundation.

In 2006, the Kayhi Lady Kings Soccer Team was recognized by the "Spirit of Youth" organization for their fundraising efforts on behalf of the Foundation and for Jessi Chapman, a fellow student injured in a car accident.

For more information contact Contact: Marty West, Community RelationsKetchikan General Hospital (907) 228-8300 x7357.