Philanthropic support contributes to growth at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley


Philanthropic support from donors continue to grow and contribute to the growth of programs and services at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Since 2008 when the hospital’s Beeghly campus opened, 3,418 donors have given 5,031 gifts and have contributed more than $5,200,000 to support the mission of the hospital.

Highlights include:

• The Beeghly family has provided significant financial support for the renovation of the facility in Boardman. The campus has been named in their honor.

• Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Mahoning Valley and Western Pa. made a significant contribution to construct the McFamily Respite Center. The Center, located on the Beeghly campus, provides a home-like environment, including overnight accommodations, at no cost to patient families.

• In recognition of their generosity and the commitment of the Kikel sisters to the health of Valley children, the Mahoning Valley surgery center has been named in their honor, The Kikel Center for Pediatric Surgery at Akron Children’s. The first distribution of $1,076,000 from the Kikel Charitable Trust was received in August, 2011.

• The Nicky Necastro Children’s Cancer Memorial Fund was established to provide support to patients and families of the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders located on the Beeghly campus.

• A $100,000 gift was received from The Jane F. Lamb Charitable Foundation. The gift will be used to establish an educational fund in honor of Jane’s sister, Marguerite, to provide scholarships and continuing education opportunities, including a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program for our nurses at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

• A $100,000 gift was received from the SJK Foundation to convert the third floor waiting room into a Special Care Nursery Family Area. The Special Care Nursery Family Area provides a calm, quiet and inviting place where families can rest while their child is being treated. It includes comfortable sofas, recliners, dining area and sibling play area.

• Eleanor Watanakunakorn donated a gift in memory of her husband, Dr. Chatchrai Watanakunakorn, to establish a fund for continuing medical education.

• A $50,000 gift was received from the Hine Memorial Fund to construct a family sleeping room in the Special Care Nursery on the Beeghly campus.

• A $40,000 gift from Joel and Mary Jane Beeghly and Julia Beeghly Adams was donated to establish an endowment fund in memory of James L. and Josephine Beeghly. Proceeds from the fund will be used for charity care in the Mahoning Valley. In addition to the named fund, the atrium of Building C (the former site of the Beeghly Homestead), will be named in memory of James and Josephine Beeghly.

• Capital support for Mahoning Valley Surgical Services was received through gifts of $25,000 each from the Youngstown Foundation and The Woman’s Board of Youngstown and $10,000 from the J. Ford Crandall Foundation.

• The Mix 98.9 Miracles and Promises Radiothon has raised more than $400,000 in the lat three years. The Radiothon also provides an opportunity to increase awareness about Mahoning Valley services by spotlighting various programs, staff, physicians, and most importantly, patients and their families who have been helped by the hospital.

• Fully funded through philanthropic support, the Garden of Hope, was constructed during the summer of 2010. The Garden of Hope provides patients, their families and others a comforting place to visit, reflect, and find solace in a tranquil environment. More than 120 donors contributed more than $130,000 to support the project, including a lead gift from the Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance.

• The Handel’s "Koins for Kids" campaign provides an opportunity for kids to help kids and teaches children the importance of giving. In the past three years, thousands of students from area schools have participated and raised nearly $75,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Community Involvement:
• Community Leadership Advisory Council – The Council was formed to engage key business and community leaders in learning more about Akron Children’s and in helping to achieve development goals for the Mahoning Valley. The council currently consists of 20 members and is chaired by Bruce Beeghly.

• Kids’ Crew of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley – A committee of caring community volunteers interested in making a difference in the lives of children. The primary purpose of the Kids’ Crew is to provide assistance with hospital-sponsored special events and other fundraising activities. There are now 100 members in the Kids' Crew and their year was highlighted by the third annual "Holiday Hopes and Wishes" luncheon and basket raffle, which was held Dec. 9 and attended by more than 350 guests.

• Children’s Up Close – Business and community leaders participated in the first annual Children’s Up Close this past October. They received an in-depth look at local program and services by spending their day shadowing physicians in various areas of the hospital and specialty clinics.

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Mahoning Valley donors contribute more than $5.2 million in 2011

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