“Free gas for a year” was a coveted prize at the Second Annual Fuel the Fight cancer fundraiser October 11 at Dakota Square Arco. On Monday, prize sponsor United Community Bank (UCB) presented the award worth $2,600 to the lucky winner, Cy Kotaska of Sawyer (shown far right).
An insurance adjuster with Farmers Mutual Insurance, Kotaska accepted the award while presenting his own contribution to the campaign, which provides direct financial assistance to patients at the Trinity CancerCare Center. “I’m humbled – I hardly know what to say,” Kotaska said, adding, “My district extends from eastern North Dakota to central Montana, so this will come in handy.”
“The free fuel drawing provides a fun way to support a very important cause,” says Todd Vangsness, Minot UCB President. “We are very thankful to have the opportunity to participate in Fuel the Fight and appreciate all who came out to support it.”
Fuel the Fight was a team effort by Dakota Square Arco and several local businesses, including United Community Bank, Trinity Health, Trinity Health Foundation, Flower Central, Scheels, Coca-Cola, First International Bank & Trust, KMOT/West Dakota Fox, The Outfitters, K-HEART 106.9 FM/KHRT 1320 AM, and The Stereo Shop. Tentative estimates indicate the event raised more than $20,000 for cancer patients.
Pictured with Mr. Kotaska, from left, are: Al Evon, director of Trinity Health Foundation; Shane Jordan, director of the Trinity CancerCare Center; and Todd Vangsness, Regional Market President for United Community Bank.