Over the past five years, the Cambridge Helios Masonic Lodge No. 273, Cambridge Knights of Columbus and Minnesota Masonic Charities, have given $28,300 to the Harbor Room.
The Harbor Room, located at Cambridge Medical Center, is a cancer resource center, and available to anyone affected by cancer.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, representatives from the organizations presented a $10,000 check to the Harbor Room from proceeds from the 2012 spaghetti dinner. The 2012 spaghetti dinner raised $5,000, with $5,000 in matching funds given through Minnesota Masonic Charities.
“The continued support and generosity from these wonderful organizations is greatly appreciated,” said Bonnie Gutzkow-Bowman, Harbor Room coordinator.
The Harbor Room provides an attractive and peaceful setting for patients and family members to find the support they need both during and after treatment.
Its online and printed resources provide the latest information on cancer prevention and screening. Many support groups and interesting classes are offered, including art and yoga. Wigs, hats and prosthetics are also available, and an understanding staff and compassionate team of volunteers are on hand to listen or talk.
All services offered through the Harbor Room are provided free of charge to cancer patients and their loved ones.
“The donation from the Cambridge Masons, Cambridge Knights and Minnesota Masonic Charities allows us to continue to maintain free services for those utilizing the Harbor Room,” said Julie Gotham, executive director of the Cambridge Medical Center Foundation. “The Harbor Room provides wigs, hats, support groups, educational programs and more at no cost to cancer patients and their loved ones.”
Gotham said she was “speechless” when she heard the 2012 donation to the Harbor Room was going to be $10,000.
“I was very surprised when I heard the amount,” Gotham said. “It takes a tremendous amount of effort and work for these organizations to put on the annual spaghetti dinner and we are so appreciative of their efforts. It many ways, it’s very humbling for people like the Cambridge Masons and Cambridge Knights to go out and give up their time and efforts to benefit those going through cancer. It’s amazing to see what people can do when they put their minds to something.”
Since 2005, the Harbor Room had been owned and managed by Community Harbor, an independent community board. As of Jan. 1, 2011, Community Harbor transferred their ownership of the Harbor Room to Cambridge Medical Center.
The Harbor Room is staffed by trained volunteers and managed by a steering committee of Cambridge Medical Center administrators, chemotherapy nurses, educators and community members.
“The Cambridge Masons and Cambridge Knights of Columbus have been doing this spaghetti dinner the past five years, and this year was a milestone with the $10,000 donation,” said Dennis Doran, president of Cambridge Medical Center. “You can see the support the community has for the Harbor Room, which is a research and educational center for those who unfortunately have contracted the cancer disease. All the funds are kept locally for prosthetics or wigs to help the patients feel better about themselves.”
Doran said the Harbor Room is a benefit to the community.
“The Harbor Room is really a resource for everybody to utilize while they work through that terrible disease,” Doran said. “The $10,000 donation is huge, and we will spend it wisely. Again, a great big thank you to the Cambridge Knights and the Cambridge Masons.”
For more information about the Harbor Room, call 763-688-8415.