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September 23, 2018

The St. Luke John Foster Burden Fund Memorial/Heritage Tree Program Takes Root


OSWEGO – The St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund Memorial/Heritage Tree Program has taken root, thanks to support from the Oswego Elks Lodge.

Helping to make sure a newly planted Colorado blue spruce is well established on the grounds at Bishop’s Commons Enriched House Residence is Bishop’s Commons executive director Karen Murray and Jim Oldenburg, exalted ruler of the Oswego Elks Lodge. The program is accepting donations to help with the project.

Helping to make sure a newly planted Colorado blue spruce is well established on the grounds at Bishop’s Commons Enriched House Residence is Bishop’s Commons executive director Karen Murray and Jim Oldenburg, exalted ruler of the Oswego Elks Lodge. The program is accepting donations to help with the project.

With their purchase of a Colorado blue spruce through the Memorial/Heritage Tree Program, the Oswego Elks Lodge has helped begin the process of re-planting trees to restore the natural beauty on the St. Luke healthcare campus, following a wind storm last year that tore through the area.

A number of mature trees that covered the surrounding hillside in the residential neighborhood were either blown over or damaged to the point of requiring their removal.

The tree purchase and planting was made in honor of all Elks Lodge members, past and present.

“We are grateful for the generosity extended by the Elks Lodge to our healthcare affiliates through our Memorial/Heritage Tree Program,” said Greg Osetek, director of community relations. “Our healthcare campus is one of the first things people notice when they are driving into Oswego and we are hoping to return some the natural beauty to the surrounding area at St. Luke, Bishop’s Commons and at St. Francis Commons following damage to a number of mature trees during a wind storm that hit the area last summer that required their removal.”

Osetek added, “This Blue Spruce will serve as a focal point that will be appreciated by our residents, especially during the holiday season when it is decorated. We are hoping others in our community, through the support of our Memorial/Heritage Tree and Bench Program, will help our not-for-profit, community-based healthcare affiliates continue efforts to enhance the natural environment enjoyed by residents, families, and our neighbors in the community who frequently use the walkways found throughout our healthcare campus.”

To learn more about the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund Memorial/Heritage Tree Program and how you can help, visit their website at www.stlukehs.com.

About The St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund

The St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund is the fundraising and development corporation established to receive and manage all gifts given for the benefit of those receiving services from the not-for-profit affiliate organizations comprising The St. Luke Family of Caring; St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence, Michaud Residential Health Services and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence.

The St. Luke – John Foster Burden Fund is approved by the IRS as a 501-c (3) organization, making gifts tax deductible to the limits allowed by law (EIN: 22-2460821). The fund is overseen by a volunteer board of directors comprised of members of our community.

For more information, email the fund at: [email protected]

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