On the Front Lines to Advance Philanthropy
Advancing Excellence with Exceptional Care Campaign
Leading St. Luke’s philanthropic accomplishments this year was the successful completion of the Advancing Excellence with Exceptional Care Campaign for the hospital’s capital and endowment needs. Gifts and pledges over the campaign’s five-year fund raising period exceeded the drive’s $40 million goal, raising $40,880,303 to support construction of the new, 106,000-square foot Building B at the Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Desloge, Jr. Outpatient Center on the hospital’s west campus, many capital improvements on the main hospital campus, and earlier in the fund drive, the establishment of the Gary Olson Endowment Fund.
The Friends of St. Luke’s and St. Luke’s Society
The Friends of St. Luke’s are at the forefront of our philanthropy. Friends initiatives raised $703,000 last year through individual and corporate gifts, sponsorships and support through fundraising events. Friends members at the St. Luke’s Society level once again led the way with annual gifts of $1,000 and above. The Society’s 175 members contributed more than $450,000 in support of our healthcare ministry’s annual operating needs. We thank the Friends of St. Luke’s Board for its dedication and leadership of our philanthropic outreach.
Friends of St. Luke’s Hospital Board Members 2019-2020
COVID-19 Response Fund
During the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Luke’s continued to provide excellent medical care to all patients in need. Our resource needs escalated quickly and significantly for emergency response. In order to stay the course in responding to the challenges of this public health crisis, St. Luke’s COVID-19 Response Fund was established to aid in providing resources for advanced safety precautions for patients and team members, testing, critical care services, other urgent operating needs and financial support for our team members on the front lines. Our community generously contributed more than $177,000 in contributions to the COVID-19 Response Fund and the Gary Olson Employee Crisis Fund.
Keeping Friends Members Informed
In appreciation for their support, Friends of St. Luke’s members and their guests are invited to participate in a series of complimentary seminars and events throughout the year. The Friends 2019-2020 speaker series featured programs on therapy services, diabetes, sleep medicine and advancements in heart health. A number of Friends programs were postponed due to enhanced safety precautions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the Friends of St. Luke’s look forward to rescheduling many of these events in 2021.
Vikram Agarwal, MD, presents New Advancements in Heart and Vascular Health at Friends of St. Luke’s event.
The Young Professionals of St. Luke’s, a group of emerging community leaders from diverse career backgrounds and interests working together to support the hospital’s mission, hosted their annual Holiday Celebration at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten on Friday, November 1, 2019, to benefit the hospital’s Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome.
Holiday Celebration guests enjoyed food, beverages, music, raffle items, a silent auction and performance by the Center’s Glee Choir. Proceeds from the evening supported the Center’s classes, equipment needs, speech therapy program and other services.
Annual Holiday Celebration at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten benefits the hospital’s Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome.