Carl & Cheryl Hughes
When the Hughes Fieldhouse opened on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in September of 2018, Carl & Cheryl Hughes knew the facility would have a great impact on both students and the community at large through the many events held there each year. Never in their wildest dreams, though, did they foresee the building carrying their namesake being utilized to fight a global pandemic for the citizens of Nodaway County and beyond.
In January, Mosaic Medical Center-Maryville was notified that they would receive their first shipment of vaccines later that month. Community leaders from Mosaic, Northwest and Nodaway County Health Department came together to organize the rollout of the vaccine clinics and decided to hold the clinics at the Hughes Fieldhouse.
The facility turned out to be the perfect place for more than 9,000 vaccines to be administered. It provided ample parking, easy access to the building and came with the University’s logistical support. The vaccine clinics went so well that as more vaccines became available, several individuals from outside the countywere able to come to Maryville to receive their vaccines,including the Hughes’.
“It was fun to see the collaboration and coordination of the vaccine clinics with all the different groups involved,” saidCarl Hughes. “There’s a solution to the pandemic and we were able to be a part of it.”
The 2021 St. Francis Classic celebrates our community coming together to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to ensure our families and businesses remain alive and well.
“I am a big community guy, and Maryville’s community is nothing short of remarkable,” Hughes said. “It’s very special.”
“It was fun to see the collaboration and coordination of the vaccine clinic with all the different groups involved. There's a solution to the pandemic and we were able to be a part of it. ”
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