St. Mary’s receives $670K donation
A local couple made $670,191 their final gift to St. Mary’s Hospital.
The donors, who left the hospital the six-figure donation in their will, wished to remain anonymous. St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Executive Director Carmen Moyer said she didn’t know the couple well, but she believes the pair had no family in town and had no significant link to St. Mary’s as long-term patients or patrons of the hospital’s programs.
“They really felt it was an investment in the community more than anything,” Moyer said.
Moyer said this is one of the largest donations the hospital has ever received. The two largest donations, also made anonymously, were each $1 million. Those gifts were made after fundraising began in 2005 for the hospital’s Century Project.
The bulk of the gift will be used to purchase equipment and fund building projects at the hospital. Moyer said the foundation board of trustees and the hospital’s senior leadership team will meet to decide which projects and equipment purchases the donation will fund.
As for the rest of the money, $20,000 apiece will go to St. Mary’s Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent programs and $40,000 will benefit Gray Gourmet. The companion and grandparent programs are free to use the money as they wish and Gray Gourmet will use the donation to purchase new kitchen equipment.
Gray Gourmet Project Supervisor Jacque Pipe said the gift came at the perfect time. The lunch delivery program for seniors was in the process of replacing some equipment with a previous gift and needed to replace its three steamer ovens with one larger steamer oven. Other kitchen items are aging or do not provide the space Gray Gourmet needs to prepare up to 500 meals per day.
“Most of our appliances are about 30 years old and don’t provide the capacity we need. So when we heard this next gift was coming our way, it was a pleasant surprise,” Pipe said.
The hospital received the donation in January, according to Moyer, but the foundation has kept the gift mostly a secret. That will change tonight, when the gift is highlighted at the foundation’s annual Donor Dinner.