Hospital fund-raising clips along
Donations range in size
August 15, 2005
Donations have started to roll in for construction of a new building for The Memorial Hospital.
Forty-four people serve on committees to help raise funds for the capital campaign drive that ends Oct. 14. The campaign has been dubbed “It’s all about us.”
The TMH Foundation, the hospital’s separate fund-raising arm, has collected $130,000 or 13 percent toward its $1 million goal, said Pam Thompson, public relations director for the hospital.
“People have been very generous,” Thompson said.
TMH’s largest donation to date is $50,000. Two banks have pledged $25,000 each. And other large donations have come from individuals, who have donated as much as $10,000.
Pledges are accepted in any denomination and can be donated in increments during a five-year period. Immediate donations are most helpful, Thompson said.
“We’re spreading it out over five years, but it’s best to get it up front because the hospital needs cash,” she said.
Thompson said some people have questioned whether the fund-raising effort was halted or on hold because of the recent resignation of TMH Administrator Randy Phelps. But the foundation will soon kick the campaign into high gear with a strong marketing push, Thompson said. That will include a magazine available through the Craig Daily Press and associated radio spots. “People thought that since Randy left we weren’t moving forward,” she said. “We are moving forward because we have to have a new hospital.”
Everyone who donates at least $100 to the foundation will be recognized in some way for his or her contribution. The foundation has planned a slate wall at the entrance of the hospital to display inscriptions of contributors’ names. A person or business can name an operating room with a donation of $50,000; other rooms can be named for a $25,000 donation, and $5,000 will get your name on a nurse’s station. A $5 million donor gets the opportunity to name the hospital.
TMH board member Sue Lyster said many people are committed to donating to the new building. She serves on one of four committees charged with raising $250,000 each.
“Pledges are coming in all sizes,” she said. “There are some people in the community who are generous and know that we need to have a hospital. They’re committed to that.”