The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation announced the public phase of the Putting Children First campaign to raise $80 million before December 31, 2016. With generous leadership gifts and a dedicated commitment from a variety of community and business leaders, The Children’s Foundation has already secured $73,100,000.
The campaign is being spearheaded by a Campaign Cabinet, currently chaired by Suzanne Mead Feldmann, Chief Executive Officer, Goldsbury Foundation. The Children’s Foundation has been in a silent phase of the campaign which began in December 2012, at which time Charlie Amato, Founder and Chairman of SWBC, chaired the Campaign. The final stretch of the Campaign will be led by Retired General Josue Robles, Jr., former President of USAA.
“Goldsbury Foundation has a long history with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. We are pleased to not only support the transformation of this downtown campus, but to proudly proclaim our unequivocal support for the physicians, nurses and associates who are committed to providing the best medical care to the children of San Antonio and South Texas,” shared Feldmann. “We are excited about the future of The Children’s Hospital and believe the San Antonio community stands with us, as seen by this tremendous philanthropic support.”
To celebrate the early success and announcement of the Campaign, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio illuminated the exterior lights on the Hospital. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio boasts one-thousand multi-colored glass panels that light up on two sides of the Hospital every night. The panels were crafted in Germany by master artisans using high quality materials that will withstand a variety of harsh weather conditions, symbolizing a safe harbor to weather the storm of illness and injury. The colors of the panels were selected based on the mosaic design from “The Spirit of Healing” mural by Jesse Treviño that adorns The Children’s Hospital. The lights create a warm glow, both inside and out to comfort all who seek care within the walls of The Children’s Hospital. In the center of the building, a glass lantern also lights up and represents the holy ground in which a beacon of hope rises and beckons all children who seek healing.
“The lighted panels are a fitting architectural asset that gives the building the look and feel of a children’s hospital. We are grateful to all the community partners who have shown their support by investing in this world-class free-standing Children’s Hospital. Generous gifts have covered renovation, construction, equipment, and helped us attract some of the finest pediatric subspecialists in the country,” said Elias Neujahr, President of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.