At Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, we have the privilege of impacting healthcare in this community in a special and personal way. Every day, we witness the influence that our donors have on the lives of the patients who are treated throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. We see, first-hand, how the latest technology, research, programs, and services they are supporting are helping to change the healthcare landscape.

Whether gifts are received from grateful patients, dedicated student fundraisers, professional athletes, large corporations, small businesses, or families – our benefactors are all compassionate about a common cause: providing the best healthcare to patients, regardless of where they may live or how well they can afford to pay.

It is often our donors who are the driving force behind a transformative project or initiative. They deserve the credit for helping Carolinas HealthCare Foundation raise more than $22 million in 2014. Gifts from individuals, families, and businesses produced millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment advances; a collective gift from members of the Leon Levine family bolstered behavioral health services for our entire region; while galas, golf tournaments, and even special initiatives by generous auto dealers all made significant contributions to enhance pediatric and neuromuscular programs offered by Carolinas HealthCare System.

We thank you. We are inspired by knowing you and working alongside you, and we hope your stories inspire others to join us as we continue to make a tremendous impact in the Carolinas and beyond.

With gratitude,

Scott Kerr



The Sandra and Leon Levine Family

In 2014, Carolinas HealthCare Foundation received a $3 million grant from The Leon Levine Foundation, as well as three additional foundations associated with the children of Sandra and Leon Levine. The gift was made to support future facility enhancements, programmatic development, patient and staff education, and clinical research projects at Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Davidson. In honor of their gift, the facility was named in memory of Mindy Ellen Levine, the late daughter of Sandra and Leon Levine.

“The Levine family continues to champion many healthcare initiatives for our region,” said Michael Tarwater, Chief Executive Officer of Carolinas HealthCare System. “We deeply appreciate their collective gift and look forward to the impact it will have on the many people and families who struggle with mental illness.”

The 66-bed behavioral health hospital, located on a 22-acre campus just north of Charlotte, opened in April 2014. The facility meets a critical need for expanded behavioral health services in the region and represents Carolinas HealthCare System’s strong commitment to behavioral health services. Serving a broad range of people who suffer from chronic mental health disorders or have more acute, episodic needs, the facility also offers outpatient behavioral health services, including medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, the Center incorporates telemedicine – a key component of the System’s behavioral health program.

“We are pleased to honor Mindy in such a meaningful way and to support Carolinas HealthCare System as it focuses on this critical aspect of healthcare services,” said Leon Levine, who along with his wife Sandra, was joined by Howard and Julie Levine; Lori and Eric Sklut; and Alfred and Amy Levine Dawson in making this gift in honor of Mindy.

The Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center

The facility meets a critical need for expanded behavioral health services in the region and represents Carolinas HealthCare System’s strong commitment to behavioral health services.

Sandra and Leon Levine

Howard and Julie Levine

Lori and Eric Sklut

Alfred and Amy Levine Dawson


Bojangles' is making more than just great chicken and biscuits. They're also making a major impact on muscular dystrophy research.

In 2014, in partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the company raised close to $250,000 through its 16th Annual Bojangles’ Golf Classic at Providence Country Club. Proceeds from the event support Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Research at the McColl-Lockwood Laboratory at Carolinas Medical Center.

The Golf Classic, which also features an auction of many unique sporting event excursions, has raised over $1 million, locally, to support the McColl-Lockwood Laboratory over the last five years.

“Bojangles’ has proudly supported the MDA’s efforts in finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for neuromuscular diseases with various fundraisers throughout the years,” said Bojangles’ President and CEO Clifton Rutledge.

Every dollar raised from this perpetually sold-out tournament is directed to support breakthrough research and to help positively impact families affected by neuromuscular diseases.

Michael L. Rose Endowment For Excellence

Upon his retirement, after serving 27 years as President of Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, Michael Rose was honored with the Michael L. Rose Endowment for Excellence in Children’s Healthcare.

This significant endowed fund was established through many generous gifts - from friends, colleagues, and long-time donors to Carolinas HealthCare Foundation. The fund will support annual Excellence awards to be provided to front-line nursing, therapy, or child-life staff at Levine Children’s Hospital to pursue meaningful continuing education opportunities.

The capital campaign for Levine Children’s Hospital was one of the largest in the history of Charlotte, and it was a highlight of Michael Rose’s career. He often references the hospital, which has received national acclaim since opening in 2007, as having a special place in his heart.

Michael Rose served as a leader and innovator in local philanthropy and in local/regional healthcare program development. During his tenure, he took the Foundation from raising less than $500,000 per year in the late 1980s, to become one of the leading healthcare foundations in the Southeast, now regularly raising $15 to $20 million per year.

In addition, his leadership and innovations led to the establishment of numerous facilities and programs that have substantially enhanced services provided by Carolinas HealthCare System to thousands of patients from all walks of life. These include: Levine Cancer Institute, Blumenthal Cancer Center, Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS-MDA Center, Torrence E. Hemby, Jr. Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Center, Hemby Pediatric Trauma Institute, F. H. Sammy Ross Trauma Center, Mattei Institute for Treatment of Chronic Disease, the McColl-Lockwood Laboratory for Muscular Dystrophy Research, the first CMC Telemedicine programs and many more.

Long admired for his generous spirit, compassionate service, and gift for mentoring others, Michael Rose will continue to impact many lives through this legacy.

Michael L. Rose
Past President,
Carolinas HealthCare Foundation

Michael L. Rose Endowment for Excellence

Long admired for his generous spirit, compassionate service, and gift for mentoring others, Michael Rose will continue to impact many lives through this legacy.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels

“Hyundai is a brand that not only builds great cars, but is committed to doing good things that serve society’s needs,” said Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. At Levine Children’s Hospital, we could not agree more.

Since 2005, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has donated $425,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital for pediatric cancer research, with its most recent grant awarded to Levine Children’s Hospital’s Javier Oesterheld, MD in September 2014. Hyundai Hope on Wheels awarded Dr. Oesterheld, Interim Director of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, a $75,000 grant to support his work in Developmental Therapeutics, an initiative developed to advance local research and deliver new Phase I and II clinical trials, ultimately allowing all patients and families to receive the comprehensive cancer care they need.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Hyundai for the work we are doing to FIGHT pediatric cancer at The Torrence E. Hemby, Jr. Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and BMT Center at Levine Children’s Hospital,” says Dr. Javier Oesterheld. “So much of what we are able to do is made possible by generous community supporters like Hyundai Hope on Wheels and our local Hyundai dealerships.”

Phase I and II Clinical Trials

The Developmental Therapeutics initiative was developed to deliver new Phase I and II clinical trials locally, allowing all patients and families to receive the comprehensive cancer care they need, close to home.

Hearst Foundations

A $75,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations in 2014 provided funding to launch “Think PINK Stanly County.” This outreach program, which expands breast cancer diagnostic services to underserved populations, is intended to improve breast cancer education among African American women in Stanly County. The program will use elements of “The Witness Project,” an evidence-based intervention sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, that involves local African-American breast cancer survivors who speak about breast health to their peers at churches and community organizations in rural areas.

The Hearst Foundations strive to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives. Likewise, Levine Cancer Institute is committed to reducing cancer incidence and increasing survivorship rates and levels of wellness among patients in the Carolinas from all walks of life.

With support from the Hearst Foundations Levine Cancer Institute is able to continue its mission of bringing the highest level of care to the communities it serves and extend its resources in support of patient care, prevention, and education.

The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of education, health, culture and social service. Their goal is to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The charitable goals of the Foundations reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst (shown below).


Belk represents modern, southern style, and it is also a driving force in strengthening the communities it serves. A family-owned company, Belk has consistently given generously to support local initiatives that impact its customers and associates – including healthcare programs and services provided by Carolinas HealthCare System.

In 2014, Belk continued a four-year tradition of supporting Levine Cancer Institute, serving as a sponsor of the Stiletto Sprint, an event that raises funds for ovarian cancer programs and research. In addition, the company contributed $60,000, collectively, through the Belk Bowl and kick-off 5K. In partnership with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, Belk donated $50,000 to the Carolinas Breast Cancer Fund, which supports patient education and outreach programs, as well as clinical research and treatment initiatives for breast cancer patients at Levine Cancer Institute. An additional $10,000 was raised through the 5K to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. Since the inception of the Belk Bowl, the company has committed more than $200,000 to Carolinas HealthCare System.

Several years earlier, during the capital campaign for Levine Children’s Hospital, the Belk family saw the need to support their community’s hospital and gave generously. In addition to providing financial resources to advance cancer treatment, children’s services, and other healthcare services, the Belk family gives of their time. Belk CEO Tim Belk currently serves on the board of commissioners for Carolinas HealthCare System, following in the footsteps of his mother, Katherine McKay Belk, who was also active with the System.

Belk and the Belk family are improving the quality of life in their communities and advancing healthcare programs to make a lasting impact in the Carolinas.

P Strong Fund

When cancer invaded Pattie Ianitti’s life in 2013, she was fortunate to have a strong team on her side. She received a diagnosis of Stage 4 High Grade Appendiceal Mucinous Adenocarinoma, a cancer so rare that less than 1,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Her friends and family rallied around her and established the P Strong Fund to honor Pattie and to support innovative clinical research studies to advance the treatment and diagnosis of rare and complex forms of cancer at Levine Cancer Institute.

Pattie and her support team desired to make a broader impact and do more to help find new treatment options for patients. This driving force lead them to host an event to kick off fundraising for the P Strong Fund in March 2014. Their Mardi Gras-themed Bal Masqué attracted nearly 300 guests and raised more than $80,000 for the P Strong Fund.

Today, Pattie is in remission and the fund honoring her name is actively supporting Levine Cancer Institute to launch one of the few clinical trials in the country for appendiceal cancer patients.

Cancer survivor Pattie Ianitti with Dr. Reza Nazemzadeh

Charlotteans 4 Cancer Cure

In August 2014, Charlotteans 4 Cancer Cure committee members celebrated a $50,000 commitment to Levine Cancer Institute with a plaque dedication at the facility’s Jacob and Charlotte Freedland Phase I Clinical Trials Unit Family Waiting Room. Charlotteans 4 Cancer Cure was established in 2012 by a dedicated group of women in the 18-Hole Ladies Golf Association at Carmel Country Club.

The Charlotteans 4 Cancer Cure hold an annual golf tournament and auction to raise funds in support of Phase I clinical trials and related research at Levine Cancer Institute, which this year raised over $33,000 towards their $50,000 commitment for 2014. “Choosing Hope for Charlotteans Fighting Cancer” is the mission of this successful group.

The Charlotteans 4 Cancer Cure are led by Chairman Margie Eades, and committee members Barbara Bolz, Vickie Pennington Bowles, Patti Carbonara, Leslie Estelle, Sandra Hardy, Carla Hudgins, Pauline Jackson, Leila Jones, Isabel Johnston, Kim Sleeper, Jan Smith, Erin Springman and Brenda Williams. We remain grateful to this energetic group of supporters for their dedication to fundraising for research underway at Levine Cancer Institute.

Phillip L. Van Every Foundation

The former Chief Executive Officer of Lance, Inc. and a past mayor of Charlotte, Phillip L. Van Every understood the importance of quality healthcare in the community. His desire to provide financial support to organizations addressing this, among many other issues, inspired him to create the foundation which bears his name. Over the past 25 years, the Phillip L. Van Every Foundation has supported Carolinas HealthCare System in multiple areas, most particularly in the area of pediatric services.

In 1986, the Van Every Foundation made its first gift of $10,000 to Children’s Miracle Network. They also stepped forward during the capital campaign for Levine Children’s Hospital, contributing a generous $250,000 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery.

Most recently, in October 2014, the Van Every Foundation continued its efforts to ensure the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery offers the most current technology with a $50,000 grant in support of the installation of a NICVIEW Webcam System. This system will enable parents and families to view their children from smartphones or personal computers when they are at work or home, helping to ease their anxieties. The grant, combined with additional funds from the Cottie & Cake Fund and Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, will help provide webcams, software licenses, and webcam mounting equipment for all 85 isolettes in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Progressive Care Nurseries.

Aligning with Levine Children’s Hospital’s family-centered care philosophy, this project will offer hope and emotional healing to patient families.

Lauren and James Chemplavil

Lauren and James Chemplavil have experienced the challenges associated with infertility – something that affects nearly one in six couples. Through the treatments they received from Dr. Rebecca Usadi, associate director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Carolinas Medical Center, Mrs. Chemplavil delivered a healthy baby boy in June 2013.

In gratitude for the care they received, the Chemplavils decided to give back by helping other couples facing infertility. In 2014, the couple made a substantial gift to serve as the seed money for the Carolinas HealthCare System IVF Family Fund (IVF is the acronym for in vitro fertilization). The fund was created to provide grants for patients with infertility who require financial assistance for assisted reproductive techniques, such as in vitro fertilization and frozen embryo transfer at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Center.

Thanks to the generosity of the Champlavils and others who contribute to the fund, couples who are struggling to start a family will now have support for their efforts.

The Chemplavil family

George W. and Ruth R. Baxter Foundation

A generous gift of $50,000 from the George W. and Ruth R. Baxter Foundation will advance a pilot study at Levine Children’s Hospital that could significantly impact young patients who have sustained elbow fractures, one of the most common childhood orthopaedic injuries. Funding through the Baxter Foundation grant will enable the orthopaedic program to enroll 80 patients in the study within the first year.

This gift marks one of many that Carolinas HealthCare System has received from the Baxter Foundation over the years. The Baxter Orthopedic Research Lab at Carolinas Medical Center was dedicated in 1992 in recognition of a gift from the late George and Ruth Baxter. Another gift helped pave the way for the Carolinas Heart Institute to purchase a fully implantable artificial heart in 1995. And in 2006, yet another significant gift was made in support of the capital campaign for Levine Children’s Hospital.

With support from the Baxter Foundation’s most recent gift, novel use of existing technology may prevent catastrophic outcomes and improve clinical outcomes in orthopaedic patients at Levine Children’s Hospital and throughout the world.

Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Brian Scannell, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Levine Children’s Hospital is leading the study, which will involve the use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to determine normative and baseline values of oxygenation in injured and uninjured arms.

Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation

When it comes to pediatric cancer, Jeff Gordon is driving for a cure – and kicking.

For the second straight year, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation hosted a kickball tournament in Kannapolis, NC. This fundraiser, which was organized through a national grassroots fundraising initiative known as “Kick-It,” raised $40,000 to benefit the Torrence E. Hemby, Jr. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center—one of the fastest growing programs at Levine Children’s Hospital.

NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon, for whom the children’s hospital at Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast is named, has attended the last two events, joining with participants and most importantly to him – meeting with current and former cancer patients. Children like them were top of mind when he established his foundation to support children who are battling cancer. Their mission of improving patients’ quality of life aligns well with the pediatric oncology program at Levine Children’s Hospital, which continues to implement the latest clinical trials, technology, and treatments.

With support from the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, Levine Children’s Hospital will continue to enhance treatment programs that increase survivorship, and advance pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure.

Play Kickball. Cure Children's Cancer.

Jeff Gordon and a young fan

Lydia’s Legacy

When a family member is diagnosed with an illness, the entire family feels the impact. Such was the case with Carin Ross Johnson when her mother, Dr. Lydia Jon Green, was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Throughout her battle with the disease, Lydia shared with her daughters, and others, her concern about the lack of awareness for gynecologic cancers. It was her wish to create more visibility for the prevention, treatment, and research for this type of cancer.

After Lydia lost her battle with the disease in June 2010, Carin founded Lydia’s Legacy to carry on her mother’s wishes. What began as an Annual Teal Tea party in Charlotte in 2012 has grown to include an additional golf tournament and dinner fundraiser. Both events support the Carolinas Ovarian Cancer Fund at Levine Cancer Institute, raising awareness and resources for gynecologic cancer research. Most recently, in 2014, Lydia’s Legacy committed $25,000 to name the Patient Library Area in the Infusion Center at Levine Cancer Institute, adding to its own legacy of support for gynecologic cancer patients.

Thank You

for your generosity. With your support we will continue to positively impact our growing community. We are grateful for your role in improving the lives of people across the Carolinas.