After winning three baskets during Seton Medical Center Harker Heights United Way gift basket drawing in 2013, Sanna Root hoped her lucky streak would continue this year,

Root waited for the drawing Friday in the hospital’s main lobby along with other hopefuls, such as Coleman Kelly, Seton’s sterile processing coordinator, who had his eye on the “zombie apocalypse” basket.

Unfortunately for Root, her luck expired along with Kelly’s, who will have to start collecting his own survival gear.

The various gift baskets, put together by departments within the hospital, had a wide range of themes.

“It’s great to see everyone from the hospital get involved in a great charitable fundraiser like this,” Kelly said, despite leaving empty handed.

The hospital raised almost $3,000 from the in-house basket raffle for its United Way campaign, which kicked off in October. The hospital also hosted a chili cook-off and a bake-off earlier this month, which combined raised more than $500.

Melissa Purl, Seton’s marketing director, said the hospital raised more than $20,000 last year after being open for six months. The goal this year is to raise $25,000, and Purl said they are on track to meet their goal, if not surpass it.

The basket raffle was the brainchild of Amy Sears, Seton’s director of radiology.

“I’ve done this before at other places, but it’s usually done as a silent auction. I find that limits participation because some of the baskets can get up to hundreds of dollars,” Sears said. “This way, anyone and everyone has a chance to win.”

Instead of counting all the tickets in the bags, staff members weighed them to determine which department got to take home bragging rights for the most coveted basket. The basket that received the most tickets was the lab’s “music lovers” basket, weighing in at 130.1 grams. Second place went to the administration’s “Wagon O’ Fun” basket filled with board games, and third place went to the Keurig basket put together by the imaging department.

“I just got to check a couple people off my list,” said Robert Wacker, materials management, about his winning basket.

Anna Musulin, human resources generalist, said she felt lucky.

“I’m very excited to have won,” she said about winning the basket compiled by the hospital’s gift shop. “I can’t wait to decorate my house with all the festive items I won.”

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

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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