Corporate Giving Highlights
Levine Children’s Gala Raises Over $1.86 Million
On April 2, the 8th Annual Levine Children’s Gala welcomed over 500 guests to Uptown Charlotte, raising over $1.86 million to benefit Atrium Health Levine Children’s. Everything was “big” about the evening, from the funds raised, to the entertainment, to the men’s college basketball playoff game that was screened during the festivities. The fundraiser was made possible by the generous support of many community sponsors – most notably, presenting sponsor PNC Bank.
Proceeds from the Levine Children’s Gala will benefit the continued expansion and renovation of the Levine Children’s Medical Plaza, where patients have access to more than 30 pediatric medical specialties and comprehensive outpatient care. Continue reading highlights from the Levine Children’s Gala.
Each year, the Levine Children’s Gala is made possible by the philanthropic commitments of corporate sponsors – Charlotte business leaders with a proven commitment to the healthy future of our children. Led by Presenting Sponsor PNC, we are deeply grateful to this year’s sponsors and donors who have given generously to Levine Children’s Hospital, including:
PNC | Rodgers Builders
Carolina Panthers, Charlotte FC, and David & Nicole Tepper Foundation
Office Environments | Brighthouse Financial | Bank of America | Truist Financial
Janssen Oncology Awards $50,000 to Levine Cancer Institute’s Project LIFTED
Project LIFTED, an innovative clinical fellowship program, has received a major boost from Janssen Oncology with the pharmaceutical company’s recent grant of $50,000. Designed to provide young physicians at Levine Cancer Institute with an understanding of social determinants of health, Project LIFTED will train early-career physicians in health equity, aiming to improve their understanding of how care disparities, bias, and racism can negatively impact disadvantaged and marginalized populations. With support from Janssen Oncology, Project LIFTED will have a real-world impact on the health and treatment of Atrium Health’s most vulnerable patients.
Outback Steakhouse Gives Back to Levine Children’s
Atrium Health Levine Children’s received a special gift this spring – one that was made from the heart. Following her son’s treatment at Levine Children’s, local Outback managing partner Kaylana Cloniger selected Levine Children’s as the charitable beneficiary of the grand opening of her new Outback Steakhouse in Steele Creek.
“Levine Children’s is dear to my heart for many reasons, the biggest being that my five-year-old, Jameson, has been a patient of Levine Children’s many times. Every teammate we’ve encountered there cares so genuinely for all patients…I can confidently say this because I’ve seen it firsthand with my own child. I am grateful for everything Levine Children’s did for my son and for how much they care for the children in our community and beyond.”
Pictured above: Outback Steakhouse employees and family members of former Levine Children’s patient, Jameson, recently gathered to present a check for $5,000 to Atrium Health Foundation on behalf of Levine Children’s. Pictured left: Managing partner Kaylana helped her son, Jameson, sign the check for Levine Children’s.
Corporate Spotlight: JELD-WEN
Even as the Keep Pounding 5K transitioned to a virtual format for the safety of runners and supporters in recent years, corporate partners such as JELD-WEN have stepped up in a tremendous show of support for the Keep Pounding initiative. This year marks the third consecutive year of JELD-WEN’s co-presenting sponsorship of the Keep Pounding 5K, alongside Rodgers Builders. For JELD-WEN, the Keep Pounding fundraising initiative has tremendous employee support, with hundreds of JELD-WEN employees and their family members joining “Team JELD-WEN.”
Since 2019, Team JELD-WEN has collectively contributed over $70,700 to benefit cancer research and patient care at Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital. Contributions such as these help to ensure our patients have continuous access to cutting-edge clinical trials, the support of nurse navigators, and supportive oncology resources for cancer survivors and caretakers.
Recently, we had the privilege of speaking with JELD-WEN Chair and CEO Gary Michel (pictured) about his company’s passion for the Keep Pounding initiative and his vision for how JELD-WEN will help Atrium Health transform cancer care in our region. Read the complete interview here.
Corporate Giving Opportunities:
This May, National Nurses’ Month, Honor Atrium Health Nursing “Stars”
As Atrium Health experiences continued growth throughout our region, it is critical that we also grow the future nursing leaders who will provide our patients with unparalleled care. AtriumHealth Foundation has taken on the charge to support our nurses through the Atrium Health Nursing Fund. Gifts made to the fund help to advance the nursing profession at Atrium Health by providing enhanced medical technology, educational resources, and opportunities for professional development that will grow our nursing leadership, now and in the future. In addition, gifts made at a specified level can be designated to honor individual Atrium Health nurses or nursing teams with special star-shaped pins, which signify nurses’ dedication to patient care and professionalism. Contact us to learn how you can honor an Atrium Health nursing “star” or nursing team.
Enrich Young Lives Through the Healing Power of Art
Since 2015, Arts For Life has provided guided arts education and art therapy to patients at Atrium Health Levine Children’s in conjunction with the hospital’s Child Life Program. A North Carolina-based nonprofit organization, Arts For Life is dedicated to enriching pediatric patients’ lives, nurturing their minds and spirits, and encouraging positive healthcare experiences through the healing power of art.
While clinical providers at Levine Children’s work around the clock to care for patients with acute or chronic medical conditions, Arts For Life artists and volunteers build patients’ creativity, joy, and self-expression in a way that truly transforms their hospital experience. The Arts For Life partnership with Levine Children’s Child Life program is a fitting example of Atrium Health’s commitment to compassionate, family-centered care, as well as medical expertise and innovation. Most importantly, the Arts For Life program brings a healing component to patients’ hospital experiences and reminds them they are more than patients—they are artists.
Last year alone, Arts for Life provided 1,071 hours of teaching, 1,236 art sessions, and 70 activity kits to 461 “students” at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Sponsorship and Volunteer Opportunities:
Saturday, May 14:
Sponsor or Participate in the HEARTest Yard / Showmars 5K, benefiting the HEARTest Yard Fund at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Sunday, May 22:
Sponsor or volunteer at the Levine JCC Kids Triathlon, benefiting the Levine Children’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program and Carolinas Rehabilitation’s Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program. Volunteers are vital to this special community fundraising event. Use the link above to see the many ways your company can serve.
Saturday, June 4:
Sponsor the Keep Pounding 5K, presented by Rodgers Builders and JELD-WEN. Whether you join as a corporate sponsor or form a fundraising team, your support for the Keep Pounding 5K will benefit essential cancer research and patient care at Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute and Atrium Health Levine Children’s.
Atrium Health In the News:
The Crowning Jewel of the Queen City: Charlotte’s Innovation District Named ‘The Pearl’
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 3, 2022 – Reflecting the rich history of the neighborhood surrounding it, leaders from Atrium Health and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, announced that the new Charlotte innovation district, which will be the future home to Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte, will be known as “The Pearl.” Charlotte’s innovation district will have both a prime location at the current corner of Baxter and McDowell streets, near I-277, and a future that pays tribute to its past. The Pearl will sit where the city’s old Brooklyn neighborhood once stood.
Atrium Health Breaks Ground on New Radiation Therapy Facility
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 10, 2022 – In March, Atrium Health broke ground on a state-of-the-art facility that will bring two innovative radiation therapies to children and adult patients with complex tumors. The facility will be a $69 million investment into the local community, as it becomes the first site to offer these treatment options in the Charlotte area. It will be constructed on Atrium Health’s Midtown campus and around the corner from the soon-to-be-built Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte and “The Pearl” innovation district.
Panthers, Atrium Health Partner to Build Play Therapy Room
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 21, 2022 – The Carolina Panthers and Atrium Health have partnered to revitalize a play therapy room in the Atrium Health Behavioral Health Charlotte facility to provide a space for healing for the youngest and most vulnerable patients in the community.
The funds from a grant provided by the Carolina Panthers allowed Atrium Health to revamp an existing room and purchase new durable toys for an enhanced therapeutic experience. These new materials cater to a spectrum of patients. They’re also easy to clean, which is especially important during the ongoing pandemic.