Seton Medical Center Harker Heights recently raised more than $20,000 for United Way through employee pledges, a chili cook-off and gift basket raffles, said Melissa Purl, Seton’s marketing director.

“We raised close to $18,000 through pledges and the cook-off, then we decided that every department would put together a basket to raffle,” she said.

The raffle was the brainchild of Dr. Amy Spears. The departments went to great lengths to compile their baskets, with most adopting themes.

“The Keurig coffee basket was really popular,” Purl said. “I myself bought $10 worth (of tickets) and stuck it in the Keurig basket.”

Along with the coffee basket, there was a movie night basket, spa basket, laundry basket, crock-pot basket, Italian basket and “Seton blue” basket made up of blue ornaments and other blue items. Raffle tickets were $1 each, and more than $2,000 was raised on the baskets alone, said Sonja Chupik, volunteer coordinator.

“We’ve had a really huge response.”

Purl was amazed by the amount of money that Seton Harker Heights raised for United Way, saying it is above and beyond what many Seton hospitals raise every year.

Contact Kristi Johnson at or (254) 501-7548

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