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

Published on May 18, 2015

As Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton grows in its services to the community, The Medical Center Foundation has announced key volunteer leadership to help build philanthropic support for the new hospital.  Tony Funari, campaign chair for The Medical Center Foundation’s campaign to benefit NGMC Braselton, has been recruiting community leaders to serve as Campaign Cabinet members. 

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.

“We have worked 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” says Funari.  “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 we have recruited leadership who have tremendous influence, are passionate about their community and will absolutely ensure the community’s vision of creating a destination of hope, healing and wellness through support of The Medical Center Foundation.”

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 both inside and outside.  The outdoor space master plan includes many healing gardens and walking trails, while intimate spaces within the hospital.  Those spaces include family consultation and quiet rooms – which create a warm and comfortable environment for patient families and staff – as well as dedicated places for health-related programs to be offered to the community. 

“Once funded, these additional indoor and outdoor spaces will create a stress-reducing environment that promotes health, healing, prevention and wellness for the entire community,” says Anthony Williamson, president of NGMC Braselton.  “Community partnerships are needed to complete this vision, which will only happen with 100% philanthropic support.”

Since 1999, The Medical Center Foundation has raised more than $45 million to improve the health and quality of life for the people of northeast Georgia, and 100 percent of every donation supports funding initiatives. 

“We simply could not do all we do without our volunteer leadership,” says Nancy Colston, president and chief development officer for The Medical Center Foundation.  “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.”

The Medical Center Foundation 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.

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