Medical group surpasses its fund-raising objective


The Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation announced last week that it has surpassed its $20 million goal in a fund-raising campaign for the six-story hospital under construction at AAMC's Medical Park near Annapolis Mall.

Begun in late 1997, the effort-one of the largest capital fund-raising campaigns in Anne Arundel history-brought in gifts and pledges totaling $20,950,000 by the target date of June 30.

The announcement was made by Hillard Donner, chairman of the foundation's "A New Century of Caring" campaign, during a celebration Thursday honoring campaign volunteers and Anne Arundel Health System trustees and board members.

Donner, 76, owner of Mills Wine & Spirit Mart in Annapolis, pledged $1 million in launching the campaign with a minimum goal of $10 million toward construction of the $65 million regional medical center. In recognition of the gift, the Medical Park pavilion housing community health programs was named in honor of his parents, Rose and Joseph Donner, according to AAMC spokeswoman Mary Lou Baker.

A donation of $1 million was made in the name of the Wayson family, which has deep roots in southern Arundel, resulting in the naming of the Wayson Pavilion housing professional offices.

Other major contributions included $2.5 million from the AAMC Auxiliary, $2 million from the county government, and a $600,000 Kresge Challenged grant requiring a four-to-one match. The necessary $2.4 million match was raised in less than six months, including more than $1 million from first-time donors across Anne Arundel and in parts of Prince George's County and the Eastern Shore, the foundation noted.

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