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 in East Grand Forks, her keen eye noticed something in the front lobby – there were only a few chairs available for residents to sit in.

The former business owner immediately took charge, using 50 years of connections to collect money for an outdoor pavilion. She collected the entire $70,000 cost of the project in just two months with the help of her daughter driving her around.

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

The pavilion was completed as the money came in, so it was done in two months.

‘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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