Monday, October 29, 2012 - CMH Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal

At its annual Foundation Cornerstone Donor Gala on October 20, Denny Hardee, Chairman of Community Memorial Healthcenter’s Capital Campaign Cabinet, and campaign volunteers announced that the CMH Foundation had met and exceeded its $4 million community fundraising goal.

 Hardee announced that the community campaign had raised a total of $4,010,275, meeting and exceeding the challenge that Rick Hendrick gave the community at the Campaign Kickoff Ceremony in September of last year. Hendrick, who served as Keynote Speaker for the Kickoff, announced that he and his family would donate $2 million if the community would raise $4 million. Hardee said, “I contacted Rick tonight to give him the exciting news that we have done it!”

 Launched in late summer of 2011, the Campaign had a $6 million fundraising goal to support a $19 million expansion project planned by CMH to build a radiation therapy facility, expand its laboratory and radiology areas and to construct a new surgery center. In April of last year, CMH received $1 million from Sylvia and William (Bill) Solari of Lake Gaston to benefit the radiation therapy facility, which is phase I of the project. In recognition of their generous gift, the radiation therapy facility will be named the Solari Radiation Therapy Center. Construction of this facility began in September of this year and is expected to be open by mid 2013.

 Serving on the Cabinet with Co-Chairs Denny and Cathy Hardee were: Jack and Charlotte Roberts, Jerry and Sarah Reynolds, Mickey and Beth Smith, Lee Nicholson, Beth Farrar, Sheri Sparkman, Norm Talley, and Scott Burnette. At the Gala, Hardee recognized the Cabinet and said, “I want to thank this special group of community leaders who gave of their time, talent and resources to plan and coordinate the campaign. They have done an exceptional job.”

He also recognized and thanked the Solaris for coming forward first and for making such a significant gift to get this campaign started. Hardee remarked, “Their gift inspired and motivated all of us to believe that we can do this! And we are so very grateful for the generosity of Rick Hendrick and family. Their contribution was truly a transformational gift for CMH.” I

n July of this year, CMH renamed their Cancer and Rehab Center as the Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center recognizing the generous support of the Hendrick family.

Hardee remarked that 3,100 gifts have been received for the campaign and said that individuals, businesses and organizations have supported CMH in a variety of ways ranging from personal gifts to fund raisers to church collections. He reported $67,000 remained to be raised after CMH received notification of the $500,000 grant from the Tobacco Commission and seven donors came forward and met and exceeded the $4 million goal, totaling $4,010,275. He said, “We received gifts of all sizes and types and all have made a huge difference. The success of a campaign is measured in a number of ways from the amount raised to the number of people involved to the good will and excitement for a common cause that it creates. We have been truly blessed to have the support of so many.” said Hardee.

 Caption, L-R: Bill & Sylvia Solari, Campaign donors and Ambassadors; Lee Nicholson, Speaker’s Bureau Chairman; Cathy Hardee, Cabinet Co-Chairman; Norm Talley, Auxiliary Division Chairman; Scott Burnette, President/CEO; Charlotte & Jack Roberts, Lead Gifts Division Chairmen; Sarah & Jerry Reynolds, Major Gifts Division Chairmen; Beth & Mickey Smith, Public Division Chairmen; and Sheri Sparkman, Public Relations Division Chairman. Not pictured: Beth Farrar, Business and Industry Chair; Denny Hardee, Cabinet Co-Chairman; and Dr. Tom Fitzgerald, Honorary Chairman.