Giving Matters: Foundation Board Celebrates Banner Year

Fletcher Allen donors and Foundation Board members recently gathered at the home of community members Kate Purcell and Kevin Plette to celebrate a highly successful FY 2011, in which $3,161,845 was raised in support of our programs and services – a 14 percent increase over FY 2010.

A great group of donors attended our donor recognition event including Ed Colodny, former Fletcher Allen interim president and CEO; Glen Wright, former chair of the Fletcher Allen Foundation – who served as chair during FY 2011; Betty Woods, honorary Foundation Board director; Victoria Reed, who helped support our Big Change Round-up; and Marc Monheimer, Fletcher Allen trustee.

In his remarks at the event, John Brumsted, MD, Fletcher Allen president and CEO, highlighted some of the gifts that made this year so successful:

  • For the first time ever, The Big Change Round-up passed the $200,000 mark this year - an increase of 24 percent over last year.
  • We received an anonymous $150,000 gift to support our Child Psychiatry program and the work of Jim Hudziak, MD, director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families.
  • The Mary Haas Foundation made a $90,000 gift to improve early detection of ovarian cancer.
  • A recent $75,000 gift from the Symquest group and Pat Robins will enhance our cardiac rehabilitation and prevention services.
    Fletcher Allen’s Auxiliary – the single largest Fletcher Allen donor – has pledged over $500,000 over five years to improve cardiology services.
  • Angelo Pizzagalli recently made a $1 million planned gift for unrestricted uses.
  • We also received a $25,000 grant from The Pollinator Fund in support of nursing education.

Building on this success, the Foundation Board has set an ambitious goal of $3,875,000 for FY 2012.