Stillwater Strong Distributes Funds
This month the Stillwater Strong Committee of the SMC Foundation began distributing funds to the victims and victim’s families of those tragically killed and injured at the OSU Homecoming celebration in October. By the end of March, the committee expects to have distributed 100% of the $483,000 donated to assist victims with recovery and medical expenses. The injured included 43 victims most of whom were treated and released from Stillwater Medical Center without being sent a bill for services. However, nearly half of those victims (19) had serious injuries and five were critical. Four victims perished from their injuries and two of those victims were Marvin and Bonnie Stone, whom were well known to the Oklahoma State University family and Stillwater.
The Stone family spokesperson Lenny Stone said, “the family decided to pay-it-forward, because that is what Bonnie and Marvin would have done.” Under the direction of the Stillwater Strong Committee those funds and funds from four other victims were paid forward to those with serious injuries, expecting a long term recovery. Approximately $48,000 was redistributed to the above referenced class of victims. Many of the seriously injured had helicopter transport bills between approximately $35,000. and $55,000. There are only 10 air ambulances in Oklahoma and 8 of them made trips to Stillwater that day and a few of them made multiple flights.
Nearly 60 public, private and civic fundraising events were tracked by the SMC Foundation to ensure the highest level of integrity in the donation transaction process. The SMC Foundation absorbed all administrative costs associated with staff salaries, credit card donations, postage and even legal fees as another way to pay-it-forward. A special thanks to the Stillwater Strong committee who worked many hours ensuring every conceivable detail was carefully considered. Any gifts made to the SMC Foundation for #StillwaterStrong after March 1, will be directed to benefit the SMC Emergency Department. Our ER staff, nurses and physicians were prepared to manage the enormity of that day last October. Though we hope to never see a tragedy of that magnitude again, our Emergency Department will be even better prepared should it ever be again tasked with such a call.
Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation and the Stillwater Strong Fund. It has been our true honor to serve these victims and wish those still recovering a truly speedy recovery.
Future Gifts to Stillwater Strong
If you would still like to give in honor or memory of those affected, we would like to suggest a donation to our Emergency Room, where so many received treatment that day.
Thank you for your continued dedication to our community.
About the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation:
The Foundation was established in 1983. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.