Lawrence Memorial Hospital thanks community for its support
- on January 27, 2011
Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders celebrated the past year’s successes Thursday evening, but said they couldn’t have been accomplished without community support.
“We would not be the outstanding community hospital that we are today without the support of our community and donors,” said Kathy Clausing-Willis, vice president and chief development officer.
About 160 people attended the annual LMH Endowment Association meeting at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. in downtown Lawrence.
The association transferred $1.6 million to the hospital in 2010, and that helped pay for equipment, services, medical education and research.
There were 1,935 donors last year, who gave 2,593 gifts.
Clausing-Willis said every donation counts — from the children who donate money from birthday parties to the seniors who volunteer their time to the employees who donate 50 cents out of each paycheck.
Here are some examples of last year’s support:
• 555 — people attended the Hearts of Gold gala on May 1, raising $175,000.
• 291 — people participated in a “Small Town Big Cause 5K run/walk, raising $14,786.
• 353 — golfers participated in the H.P. “Penny” Jones Golf Tournament on Sept. 10, raising $112,083.
• 815 — LMH employees raised $74,000 through the Employee Giving Campaign.
• 600 — people attended a benefit concert by Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, raising $15,000.
• 700 — people attended the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer dance, raising $60,000 for breast cancer early detection and awareness.
“It’s not about all of the big dollars. It’s about all of us collectively coming together to make Lawrence and our region a better place to live and to raise a family,” she said.
A handful of individuals and businesses were recognized for their outstanding support to LMH. They were:
• Dr. Phillip and Phoebe Godwin, longtime LMH advocates and former employees.
• Donna Osness, who served on the LMH Board of Trustees for 12 years.
• Allyson Leland, who is director of volunteer services and has held the position since it was created 20 years ago.
• Byron Springer of Barber Emerson, for serving, pro bono, as the general counsel for LMHEA for 40 years.
• Zarco, a longtime LMH advocate and donor of time and money.