Super grandma raises $70,000 in 2 months for outdoor pavilion at senior living facility


EAST GRAND FORKS, M.N., – Shortly after 82-year-old Joanne Whicker moved into the Good Samaritan Society – Heritage Grove senior living center in East Grand Forks, her keen eye noticed something in the front lobby – an outdoor pavilion.

The former business owner immediately took charge, using 50 years of connections to collect money as her daughter drove her around the Grand Cities. She collected the entire $70,000 cost of the project in just two months.

"My body isn't very good, but my mouth is very good," said Whicker.

‘It gave us that energy and zest. We didn't think it could happen and not this quickly," said administrator Michaun Shetler.

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