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Do Something Good: Local leaders carry out acts of kindness, help charities and challenge others


An ‘ice bucket challenge’ style string of events started rolling around the Treasure Valley in recent days, as business and non-profit leaders ask each other to step up with acts of kindness.

It started last month when Saint Alphonsus Health System CEO Odette Bolano visited St. Luke’s Health System’s Meridian testing site, and the Meridian Police Dept.

“We as hospitals have received an incredible amount of generosity and acts of kindness, and we want to begin to give back,” Bolano said.

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Bolano brought breakfast for the workers at St. Luke’s, and issued a challenge to other leaders. She called out St. Luke’s CEO Chris Roth, West Valley Medeical Center CEO Betsy Hunsicker and Regence Blue Shield President Sean Robbins.

The challenges spreads

From there, the challenge quickly spread.

  • Roth delivered meals from Create Common Good to the Idaho Foodbank, and challenged Karen Vauk of the Idaho Foodbank, Tommy Ahlquist of Ball Ventures Ahlquist and Garret Lofto of JR. Simplot Co.
  • Robbins took gift cards from local restaurants to workers at Boise School District school kitchens and challenged Idaho Power’s Darrel Anderson and Lisa Grow, Blue Cross of Idaho’s Charlene Maher, and Red Sky PR’s Jessica Flynn.
  • Hunsicker donated blood at the American Red Cross. She called out Travis Leach at Saint Alphonsus Nampa, Brad Turpen at Valor Health and Scott Gipson at Caxton Printers.

Now the challenges started to hit the third generation.

Simplot’s Lofto made a donation of local restaurant gift cards to the Ronald McDonald House. He also donated to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Idaho. He challenged Nate Jorgensen of Boise Cascade, Vivek Sankaran of Albertsons Companies and Kent Oram of Idaho Central Credit Union.

Ahlquist and BVA donated a new fire alarm system to replace one that recently failed at the Boise Rescue Mission’s Lighthouse Shelter. He called out Idaho Gov. Brad Little, KTVB’s Kate Morris, and a second nomination for ICCU’s Oram.

Want to start your own Acts of Kindness challenge? Find ideas on BoiseDev’s Do Something Good page!

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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