September 23, 2016
On September 22, community members gathered around Rusk County Memorial’s (RCMH) Healing Garden to witness the Sculpture Unveiling of “Threading the Needle,” the very first sculpture acquired for the RCMH Healing Garden.
“This magnificent piece is provided to us thanks to the vision of our Partners of Rusk County Memorial, and the generosity of many members of our community,” said Charisse Oland, RCMH Chief Executive Officer. “We are very grateful to our Partners organization for this tremendous gift. We are very proud of this important piece of art and very, very grateful to all of you who support our mission to comfort, heal and empower people to be well.”
The sculpture, made of bronze and limestone, was created by Joellen Domenico and depicts a falcon soaring through a narrow rock opening, inspired by the Needles Highway rock formations in North Dakota. It was funded through a gala hosted by the Partners of Rusk County Memorial this summer.
Winnie Lee, Partners Board President, thanked all those involved with acquiring the sculpture, including the Board Members of the Partners and major sponsors of the gala: Marshfield Clinic, Bev Lazar and the Rusk County Community Foundation and the Telitz family. The following businesses were also recognized for their involvement of the sculpture installation: B&B Electric, Ebby’s Welding, DC Crete Inc., JH Larson, Huiras Construction, Marshfield Monument, Dolores Olynick from Olynick LLC and Classic Moving and Storage.
“We hope this addition to our Healing Garden will provide patients a positive distraction from stress, pain and discomfort, as well as a sense of peace for visitors and staff,” said Oland. “Thank you again to our Partners for making this statue possible.”