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Published on January 27, 2011

LMH Endowment Thanks Community

Annual Report and Awards presented

Karrey Britt, Reporter LJWorld, covers the LMHEA Annual Dinner held Thursday, January 27 at Maceli’s.

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders celebrated the past year’s successes Thursday evening, but said they couldn’t have been accomplished without community support.

“We would not be the outstanding community hospital that we are today without the support of our community and donors,” said Kathy Clausing-Willis, vice president and chief development officer.

About 160 people attended the annual LMH Endowment Association meeting at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. in downtown Lawrence.

The association transferred $1.6 million to the hospital in 2010, and that helped pay for equipment, services, medical education and research.

There were 1,935 donors last year, who gave 2,593 gifts.

Clausing-Willis said every donation counts — from the children who donate money from birthday parties to the seniors who volunteer their time to the employees who donate 50 cents out of each paycheck.

Here are some examples of last year’s support:

  • 555 — people attended the Hearts of Gold gala on May 1, raising $175,000.
  • 291 — people participated in a “Small Town Big Cause 5K run/walk, raising $14,786.
  • 353 — golfers participated in the H.P. “Penny” Jones Golf Tournament on Sept. 10, raising $112,083.
  • 815 — LMH employees raised $74,000 through the Employee Giving Campaign.
  • 600 — people attended a benefit concert by Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, raising $15,000.
  • 700 — people attended the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer dance, raising $60,000 for breast cancer early detection and awareness.

“It’s not about all of the big dollars. It’s about all of us collectively coming together to make Lawrence and our region a better place to live and to raise a family,” she said.

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