Major Gifts and Campaigns in November and December 2017:
CHS Teammates Give the Gift of Health, Hope, and Healing
Carolinas HealthCare System teammates comprise the single largest employee-based contributor to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) nationwide. Thanks to generous contributions made by teammates in the 2017 CHS Gives campaign, which exceeded $1.6 million in support for CMN, Levine Children’s Hospital is achieving new milestones in delivering world-class care.
Mattei Foundation Commits $1 Million to Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute
Carolinas HealthCare System announced a $1 million commitment from the Mattei Foundation to launch the Mattei Cardiovascular Innovations Fund. The fund will support the latest innovative medicine, research, cutting-edge technology, and healthcare delivery at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.
Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation Commits $750,000 to Fund Region’s First Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program
The Greg Olsen Foundation, in partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital, announced The HEARTest Yard Fund has pledged to support a cardiac neurodevelopmental program, which will be the most comprehensive program of its kind in the Southeast. Beyond the physical challenges, up to 50 percent of pediatric heart surgery patients may have neurodevelopmental deficits during their lifetime, which can impact language, fine motor skills, or vision. They may also be diagnosed with behavioral issues or develop learning disabilities that limit their educational or career opportunities. This new program will provide key services to ensure these patients and their families have access to comprehensive evaluation, diagnostic testing, and a coordinated approach to care.
24 Foundation Fundraising for Adult and Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Programs
This month, the 24 Foundation recently made their latest gift of $350,000 (funded by proceeds from the 16th Annual 24 Hours of Booty event held earlier this year) to support Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital oncology programs. The funding provided by 24 Foundation will continue to enhance the Institute’s world-class survivorship and oncology rehabilitation programs and will support the development of a more comprehensive pediatric cancer survivorship program at Levine Children’s Hospital.
With Donation, Paula Takacs Foundation Expands Available Clinical Trials at LCI
On Wednesday, December 5, the Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research presented Carolinas HealthCare representatives with a check for $185,000, raised through the foundation’s annual Sarcoma Stomp as well as its Play for Paula Tennis Tournament. With this gift, the Paula Takacs Foundation inspired the development of local sarcoma-specific clinical trials — the first such endeavor for the Levine Cancer Institute.
Secret Santa Radiothon Tops $100K
The holiday spirit filled the airwaves — and the halls of Levine Children’s Hospital — this week, as WNKS Kiss 95.1 morning show hosts, Roy, Maney, and LauRen, broadcasted the Secret Santa Radiothon live from the Ryan Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital. This year they were joined by Beasley Broadcasting sister stations 103.9 and 104.7 in promoting the event. The stations shared patients’ stories of hope and healing, inspiring donors to contribute over $105,000 to support the medical resources and patient services that make Levine Children’s Hospital a destination for world-class care.
Other fundraising news:
Local Students Serve for a Cure
This fall, student volleyball teams from Charlotte-area schools competed in the 16th Annual Serve for the Cure tournament, raising $20,000 to benefit the Teresa Flippo-Morton, MD, Surgical Oncology Fund at Levine Cancer Institute. The fund was established to honor the memory of the beloved cancer surgeon who lost her own battle with cancer in 2015.
Record Giving on “Giving Tuesday”
November 28 marked the globally-recognized annual giving day—Giving Tuesday—during which donors from across the region gave generously to support Levine Children’s Hospital. To extend the impact of this day of giving, Carolinas HealthCare Foundation board member Felix Sabates and Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte graciously pledged $10,000 in matching funds to kick off our Giving Tuesday campaign. Thanks to their support and the generosity of many donors, more than $32,000 was raised to support LCH.
Sanger Physician Runs Five Marathons in Five Days to support SHVI Transplant Patients
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute physician Ted Frank recently embarked upon an admirable feat—successfully running five marathons (or 131 miles) in five days. Motivated by his role as director of heart failure services at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Frank made it his personal mission to run a 5-day, 5-marathon journey to benefit heart transplant patients from SHVI. He surpassed his initial fundraising goal of $25,000, raising $40,000 to benefit his patients with the help of more than 160 generous donors. Joined by 15 runners and 70 walkers over his 5-day journey, Dr. Frank’s final marathon ended in a celebration at Freedom Park among a group of more than 70 friends, family members, patients and colleagues.