Building on the Promise: Employees keep the promise

Employee campaign raises nearly $4 million

Employee campaign raises nearly $4 million

Bubbles, balloons and cupcakes marked the end of the “My Promise. My Children’s.” employee campaign in July. When the final number was revealed, attendees celebrated $3,843,938 donated by employees during the 3-month campaign.

The “My Promise. My Children’s.” campaign raised money for the $200 million “Building on the Promise” expansion program that will bring another patient care building to the Akron campus. The campaign also benefited the “Vision for Our Valley’s Children” campaign, which supports capital and programmatic needs in the Mahoning Valley.

On July 23, employees gathered in Perkins Square Park on the Akron campus to enjoy cupcakes and hear the total amount employees donated to the hospital.

The total was revealed with the help of employees’ children, all patients of the hospital, and seven numbered balloons.

“You believe in the mission of this hospital and what we have the privilege of doing every day,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital. “That belief has translated into this very generous gift.”

Considine concluded the event by thanking employees for their dedication throughout the campaign.

“We’re investing in healthcare for the children in our region with this $200 million project,” he added. “I hope you have the same level of pride that I do in being a part of this investment.”

“My Promise. My Children’s.” co-chairs Kim Firestone, Vicki Parisi and Jim Madden attended the event and presented the check to Considine, on behalf of all the employees.

Mahoning Valley employees also celebrated the end of the campaign on July 24 during an employee meal in which the total amount was announced. Employees received tickets for a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game as a thank you for their participation.

Overall, 1,289 (28 percent) employees, at the more than 80 Akron Children’s locations throughout northern Ohio, participated in the campaign.

“It is very impressive that so many employees were able to come together to support the hospital and our patients,” said Pam Holtz, director of annual giving at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Foundation. “A gift to Akron Children’s Hospital is not just a gift, but an investment for our community and the children and families we serve every day.”

Building on the Promise
Publication: Children's Progress
Issue: Fall

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