- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - When the CEO of Scottsbluff’s hospital won a grocery store shopping spree in a raffle, he decided to pass along the prize to a local charity.

John Mentgen told the Scottsbluff Star-Herald (https://bit.ly/1yI7qaX ) he never expected to win when he bought the United Way raffle tickets, so he and his wife decided that someone else could benefit more from the four-minute grocery grab.

The Mentgens donated their prize to the Pup and Cat Backpack program that provides backpacks of food to low-income families in Gering and Scottsbluff on the weekends.

“My wife volunteers in Scottsbluff at Longfellow Elementary and she was familiar with the program,” said Mentgen, who leads Regional West Medical Center. “It was really an easy decision for us to make.”

One of the food program’s co-directors, Missi Iasillo, said she was thrilled to learn about the prize. “His wife called to tell me and I was overjoyed at their generosity,” she said.

After plotting out her shopping spree, Iasillo grabbed $716.28 worth of groceries on Saturday. Iasillo took as many items as she could from the food program’s list of needs during the allotted time in the aisles of the Main Street Market.

Tuna and soups were on her list because the program often sends those items home with low-income children to make sure they have some food for the weekend.

The raffle raised $3,000 for the United Way of Western Nebraska. Some of the proceeds were used to cover half the cost of the $716.28 shopping spree, and the store covered the other half.

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Information from: Star-Herald, https://www.starherald.com


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