Improving community health through philanthropic support

Philanthropic gifts are essential to St. Luke’s Hospital’s continued growth and development as a healthcare provider of excellence. In fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), St. Luke’s received $2.7 million in charitable contributions to support our healthcare ministry’s operating, capital and endowment needs.

The Friends of St. Luke’s are at the forefront of our philanthropic support. Friends’ annual memberships and tributes, fundraising events and other giving initiatives raised $600,000 in fiscal year 2018, including:

St. Luke’s Society

Friends of St. Luke’s members at the St. Luke’s Society level provide annual gifts of $1,000 and above. The Society’s 200 members contributed nearly $380,000 in membership and contributions over the past fiscal year, providing vital support for our healthcare ministry’s operating needs.

Tour de Wellness

On Sunday, June 10, 2018, St. Luke’s welcomed 348 cyclists and 80 volunteers to the sixth annual Tour de Wellness. Hogan Transportation was the Tour’s Presenting Sponsor. The cycling event offered three routes launching from and finishing at the St. Luke’s Desloge Outpatient Center. Participants enjoyed a post-ride celebration with music, food and health information booths. Through sponsorships, registration fees and other donations, the 2018 Tour raised nearly $64,000. Proceeds from the Tour support St. Luke’s community outreach health and wellness programs, many of which are offered at little or no cost to participants.

Young Professionals

The Young Professionals of St. Luke’s hosted their annual Holiday Celebration at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten on November 3, 2017, to benefit our Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome. Proceeds from the evening exceeded $35,000 to support the Center’s classes, equipment needs, speech therapy program and other services.

Keeping Friends Members Informed

As a benefit of membership, Friends of St. Luke’s and their guests are invited to participate in complimentary seminars throughout the year. The Friends 2017-2018 speaker series featured programs on vision health, peripheral neuropathy, and Dine with the Docs – an event in which community members joined St. Luke’s physicians for dinner and roundtable discussions on several health topics.

Bequest Honored through the Virginia B. Pree Distinguished Volunteer Award

Virginia Pree volunteered at St Luke’s Hospital from 1995 through 2005, giving her time and talents to assist patients, families and our team members through her work at the information desk in the West Medical Office Building. Miss Pree’s outstanding commitment to St. Luke’s continued through a bequest in her estate.

In honor of her legacy of compassion for others and leadership in giving, St. Luke’s established the Virginia B. Pree Distinguished Volunteer Award. The award will be presented annually to honor a volunteer whose high standards of loyalty, dedication and advocacy advance the mission of St Luke’s Hospital and provide inspiration for others to follow.

Gregory C. Gettle received the inaugural Virginia B. Pree Distinguished Volunteer Award in May 2018 in recognition of his exemplary work as a volunteer in St. Luke’s Center for Cancer Care’s infusion services.

Advancing Excellence with Exceptional Care Campaign

The Advancing Excellence with Exceptional Care Campaign for the hospital’s capital and endowment needs continued in its public phase over the past year. Gifts and pledges to the Campaign have supported 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, additional capital improvements and establishment of the Gary Olson Endowment Fund to provide increased long-term support for our healthcare ministry’s core operating needs.

At the close of the fiscal year, the campaign had raised $37.3 million, ten lead gift commitments have been received, including the new outpatient center building naming gift from Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Desloge, Jr.; lead gifts from the late Jack C. Taylor as well as Joanne and Charles Knight to establish the Gary Olson Endowment Fund; and lead gifts for capital needs from the Estate of Virginia B. Pree, Pershing Charitable Trust, Mrs. Harlene E. Wool, Edward and Cynthia Potter, and the Centene Charitable Foundation. Some lead donors to the campaign wish to remain anonymous in their support. Members of St. Luke’s Hospital’s Board of Directors, senior team, physician community and the Friends organization comprise the Campaign Committee that is leading the fund drive to achieve its $40 million goal.

Friends of St. Luke’s Hospital Board Members 2017-2018

Steven J. Grigone, President

Clifford G. Adkins

Kathryn J. Armstrong

Andrew J. Blackman, MD

John B. Buettner, MD

Daniel G. Connelly

Margaret Culver

Jennifer G. Eaves

Sarah J. Fouke, MD

Elizabeth Kauffman

Ellen M. Kelly

Cynthia A. Maritz

Mary V. Mason, MD

Ronald L. Mera, MD

Rev. Renita A. Mercado-Heinzl

Ted Meyer

Michael G. Ott

Joseph J. Pandolfo

Barb Perlmutter

Susan Bromberg Schneider, MD

Bobby H. Shah, MD

Jeffrey A. Stuerman

Hana L. Tepper, MD

John A. Villier

Bill Voss

Keith P. Williams, Jr.

Erica L. Yalavarthi, MD

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