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Contact: Brigetta E. Overcash
WCA Foundation Executive Director
(716) 664-5461

WCA Foundation Launches Annual Giving Campaign
Donation Days supports funds for current and future needs of WCA Hospital

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Melanie Gritters, Development committee chair, center, meets with Mary Taylor, left, and Pat Phillips chairmen of WCA Foundation's Donation Days campaign. They are standing in front of the mural painted by Charlene Kidder in the waiting room of the new WCA Hospital Emergency Department to which the Foundation is donating more that $1 millon.

WCA Foundation LogoJamestown, New York (Monday, November 12, 2012)-Patricia Phillips and Mary Taylor, WCA Foundation board members and Donation Days chairmen, announce the beginning of the annual campaign which primarily supports the growth of the Foundation’s endowment funds.  Mrs. Taylor, chairman of the event since its inception, describes it as an opportunity for the community to support WCA Hospital through the endowment funds of the Foundation. That concept goes hand-in-hand with Foundation’s mission of fostering and supporting the healthcare initiatives of WCA Hospital according to Mrs. Phillips.

Melanie Gritters, Development committee chair, encouraged members of the community to help the Foundation to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with donations to any of its endowed funds or with a direct gift for the needs of WCA Hospital.

Funds held at the Foundation which are non-endowment funds used to give immediate needs support to the Hospital include Undesignated General Grant Fund, Cancer Treatment Fund, Dialysis Fund and the Emergency Department Fund. There are 26 endowed funds which give away only the interest earned by the fund while the original gifts continue to grow and create future gifts to the Hospital.  They include the general Undesignated Endowment Fund and named funds that are unrestricted in nature and support general needs at the Hospital. They include the Verland & Doris Danielson Fund, the Clifford S. Davis Fund, the Dennis P. Bush Memorial Fund, the Elizabeth Garratt Taylor Fund, the Hoag Family Fund and the Starr Fund.

The LINKS Charity Cancer Care Fund in Tribute to LINKS Charity pioneers Sondra Anderson, Mary Blair and Allen Short was created this year as an endowed fund at the Foundation.  Other named funds include the Allen & Barbara Yahn Family Fund for Pediatrics, the Betty Sheldon Starflight Fund, the C. Donald & Marilyn L. Haglund Family Fund for Dialysis, the Carol B. Bogdan Cancer Treatment Fund, the Dr. Harold & Joyce Childress Fund which benefits Cancer Care, the medical library and the Childress Scholarship at WCA Hospital. The Dale C. & Rebecca I. Robbins Fund supports Obstetrics and Maternity, the Dr. Glen M. Ebersole Memorial Fund is for General Medicine, the Eaglesome Family Fund supports grants related to Autoimmune Diseases, the Judy Pollino Memorial Fund is related to Ovarian Cancer, the Kellie Anne Murphy Memorial Fund supports Adult Inpatient Mental Health, the LaVerne M. Meyers Memorial Fund supports the Emergency Department, the Margaret Hitchcock Trust supports Speech and Hearing and the Marie Barone Memorial Fund supports Women’s Cancer Care. The Elizabeth Warner Marvin Funds purchases capital equipment for the Hospital.

Contribution to the annual Donation Days campaign may be made payable to W.C.A. Foundation, Inc. and sent to PO Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840. You may designate whether your donation will support a specific named fund or support the general needs of the Hospital. To satisfy immediate needs your donation would be directed to the Non-Endowed Unrestricted Fund.  If you place your donation in the Endowed Unrestricted Fund, the interest earned on your invested contribution will be used for many years to come.  To discuss the creation of an endowment fund of your own, please contact Brigetta Overcash, WCA Foundation Executive Director, at (716) 664-8600,  Gifts to W.C.A. Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible.

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