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Published on December 15, 2016

Bryan Health and Holmes Elementary Join Forces to Raise $16,000 During “Big Change Challenge” 

Bryan Health and Holmes Elementary joined forces to raise $16,000 through their Big Change Challenge. The fund-raiser will benefit students at the elementary school and patients and families at the Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

It all began four years ago, when Holmes school challenged Bryan Health to participate in the fund-raising effort. Students, teachers and staff collected pennies and loose change at the Holmes campus. At Bryan, a large Plexiglas enclosure was placed in the lobby of the hospital that invited patients, visitors, guests and staff to do the same. Other community groups became involved and contributed to the cause, including students at Lincoln High School and students enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s English as a Second Language Program.

“The Big Change Challenge was a great opportunity to raise money and involve anyone who passed through our doors,” said Wendy Muir, director of nursing at Bryan Medical Center.

Donations totaled $16,016, with the Plexiglas enclosure containing nearly three tons of loose change and bills. Proceeds from the challenge will be split evenly between the two organizations.

Said Holmes principal Haeven Pedersen: “It’s very important that we teach our students how to be selfless and give back when they can. They learned a lot during this process and it’s such a privilege to team up with an organization like Bryan and be able to help so many young people.”

Both organizations held contests in the days leading up to the big reveal to guess how much money was stored in the enclosure. Bryan Health hosted a Facebook contest in which the winner received a Total Indulgence Spa Package at Bryan LifePointe, while a lucky student at Holmes Elementary received a new iPad for the closest guess.

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