The Medical Center Foundation Announces Inaugural Volunteer Leadership for NGMC Braselton Campaign

Published: Monday, May 18, 2015

Tony Funari, campaign chair for The Medical Center Foundation’s (TMCF) campaign to benefit Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton, has announced key volunteer leadership to help build philanthropic support for the new hospital.  “We have been working behind the scenes for several months to identify and recruit the “˜best of the best’ leaders for the first-ever campaign to benefit NGMC Braselton. Time and again, participants in The Medical Center Foundation’s community-driven feasibility study recommended many of these community and business leaders. I am very excited to report that we have recruited leadership who have tremendous influence and are passionate about their community. They will absolutely bring great success to our efforts to ensure the community’s vision and help to create a destination of hope, healing and wellness through support of The Medical Center Foundation.”

In addition to Funari, who is leading the day-to-day activities as chairman, Don and Nancy Panoz are serving as honorary co-chairs.  Other Campaign Cabinet members include Andrea DeCook, Terry Evans, Cindy Green, Hardy Johnson, Caryn McGarity, Garol Orr, Rhonda Stites, and Carl Williams.

According to Anthony Williamson, NGMC Braselton president, “Philanthropy has long been a critical part of NGHS’s ability to provide exceptional health-enhancing components.  Donor support will make it possible for NGMC Braselton to become a true healing environment from the inside to the outside.  The outdoor space master plan includes many healing gardens and walking trails, while intimate spaces within the hospital such as family consultation and quiet rooms create a warm and comfortable environment for patient families and staff, as well as dedicated space for health-related programs to be offered to the community.  Once funded, these spaces will create a stress reducing environment that promotes health, healing, prevention and wellness for the entire community.  Community partnerships are needed to complete this vision which will only happen with 100% philanthropic support.”

Since 1999, TMCF has raised more than $45 million to improve the health and quality of life for the people of northeast Georgia. Nancy Colston, TMCF president and chief development officer adds, “We simply could not do all we do without our volunteer leadership.  As we expand our reach and serve a broader area, community support is critical to ensure long-term healthcare excellence.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with these dedicated volunteer leaders as they foster partnerships to help us fulfill the community’s vision and ensure long-term healthcare excellence for northeast Georgia for generations to come.”

One hundred percent of every donation supports funding initiatives.  TMCF is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization and the philanthropic arm for NGHS, providing sound stewardship of philanthropic support for both NGMC Gainesville and NGMC Braselton, community hospitals which receive no local tax support and serve everyone regardless of ability to pay.

For more information about The Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign to benefit NGMC Braselton, contact The Medical Center Foundation at 770-219-8099.