Fund drive tops hospital’s goal

first_imgVALENCIA – Topped by a $3 million donation from a local businesswoman, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital surpassed fundraising goals for a new emergency room and heart diagnostic center. At a gala reception Thursday night for its supporters, the hospital fundraising Health Foundation announced the completion of its 3-year-old capital campaign, boasting it had raised $12 million – plus $2.5 million over its goal. The $14.5 million in cash and pledges is earmarked for an expanded new emergency department and cardiac catheterization laboratory. “All of you here this evening have played an important part in the success of our campaign, and we are honored that you have joined us for this momentous occasion,” foundation chairman Greg Amsler said. The goal for employee contributions was $175,000, and $350,000 was pledged. Physicians at the hospital pledged $700,000, surpassing their goal of $500,000. And the foundation and hospital board members raised $4 million, four times their goal. Hospital philanthropic support groups also pledged $225,000. “Though we are overwhelmed at reaching and surpassing our goal, our true celebration will come as everyone completes their pledges,” said Diana Vose, foundation president. Roger Seaver, the hospital’s president and chief operating officer, said the nonprofit Newhall Memorial relies on community support. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Special credit, Amsler said, should go to campaign chairman Gary Cusumano, chief executive officer of The Newhall Land and Farming Company. “It became very clear to us that Gary was the primary force for leading the effort and encouraging significant support,” Amsler said. “We are extremely grateful.” Cusumano said corporate gifts, particularly from Tom Veloz and Roberta Veloz, helped the foundation beat its goal. “The campaign got off to a great start with a Veloz gift, and ended with a big bang with a Veloz gift,” Cusumano said. “Tom Veloz’s seven-figure gift began the impetus we needed to move forward. And Roberta Veloz’s gift provided the ultimate thrust, and then some, to complete the campaign.” Tom Veloz donated $1 million to start the campaign, and former wife Roberta Veloz recently presented $3 million to complete the campaign and provide funding for the Cardiac Cath Lab, which will be named in her honor. last_img

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