Sarsaparillo Sue Keeps Her Promise

By Kathe Malouf
Special to the Sun

As the official Mayor of Whiskey Flat, Susie Seeger is doing what politicians rarely do: she is keeping her campaign promise.
It’s been eight months since Seeger, a.k.a. “Sarsaparilla Sue,” was crowned Mayor of Whiskey Flat. During the six weeks of her campaign, Seeger ran hard on the platform that the money raised from ticket sales would go toward the purchase of new furniture for the Kern Valley Health Care District’s Skilled Nursing Facility.

As the Activities Supervisor at the Skilled Nursing Facility, Seeger saw a need for comfortable furniture in the day room as a way to bring the sense of home to the facility residents. Realizing that funding was not available for new furniture and window coverings, Seeger decided to jump into the Whiskey Flat Days Mayor’s Race as a way to raise the funds.

After discussing her plan with the administrators at Kern Valley Health Care District, and her family, Seeger threw her hat into the race.
In a whirlwind campaign that included a lot of work and support from family and friends, Seeger raised $15,193 from her ticket sales.

“My goal from the beginning was to raise $15,000,” Seeger said. As a Mayor candidate, Seeger received 40 percent of her ticket sales, and following the Mayor’s race, she received a check close to $7,000 from the Kernville Chamber of Commerce.

Seeger was short of the $21,600 bid she had received for new furniture she had initially selected. So, she downsized the furniture order to about $11,600.
“With the money we raised, we were able to purchase half of what we originally intended,” Seeger said. She donated her $7,000 from the Mayor’s race toward the purchase of the furniture, and the Hospital Foundation generously agreed to put up the rest of the money for the furniture.

But she wasn’t finished.
After the Mayor’s Race, Seeger raised another $1,000 from a raffle for a new quad off-road vehicle. And as luck would have it, Seeger won the grand prize of her campaign raffle tickets, a $500 cash prize.
“I said before the winning ticket was drawn, that if I won it, I would donate the money to the Skilled Nursing Facility,” Seeger said. Her ticket was drawn, and as promised, she put the $1,000 she raised from the quad raffle and the $500 cash prize toward the purchase of new window coverings.

Still, that was not enough to pay for the new window shutters. So, the Kern Valley Health Care District stepped in and paid for the remaining cost of the new shutters.
“There was nothing on the windows before, and this room has a lot of windows,” Seeger said. “The sun would pour in and really heat up the entire room. These shutters are beautiful, and we can adjust them to let the sun in or keep it out.”

The new furniture arrived a couple of weeks ago, and the placement of the new items, along with new shutters on all the windows, has transformed the Day Room, which consisted of a few tables into a living room that invites the residents of the Skilled Nursing Facility to come in and enjoy.

The new furniture includes a love seat, two matching chairs, a glider chair, two end tables and a poker/game table with four chairs.









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