Initial fund-raiser nets hospital $2.8 million

April 18, 1994|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer

Howard County General Hospital has raised $2.8 million -- $300,000 more than expected -- in the initial fund-raiser for the hospital's first endowment.

"We're really excited," said Sharon L. Akers, who oversees the Howard Hospital Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money for the $5 million campaign.

On Friday, campaign contributors and hospital officials celebrated the completion of the first phase of fund raising.

Planned to coincide with the hospital's 20th anniversary, the endowment fund will finance projects including equipment, educational programs and help for poor patients.

"I was pleased, but I wasn't surprised because the corporate community and the medical community have always been very supportive," said Victor Broccolino, hospital president.

Friday night's program included a slide show about the hospital and a talk by the mother of a 3-year-old boy who was treated at the hospital's Special Care Nursery for premature and critically ill infants.

"The purpose is to thank those who have already made a commitment to the project and to reach those" who have not yet contributed money, Ms. Akers said.

The event also launched the campaign's second and final phase, intended to raise the remaining $2.2 million. Unlike the first phase, which elicited contributions from hospital employees, board members and trustees, the second phase will concentrate on local business leaders and industry owners, such as homebuilders.

"We will focus on community fund raising, but there's still a number of organizations and individuals who can still make a commitment," Mr. Broccolino said. "We'll go back to them and redouble our efforts to them."

In addition, the hospital has created a consignment shop called Rave Reviews, to benefit the hospital's Special Care Nursery.

The shop, in Hickory Ridge Village Center, opens April 29.

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