Avera Marshall Announces Fundraising Goals and Capital Campaign Team
Avera Marshall announces fundraising goals and the formation of a capital campaign team to build a cancer center, to be named Avera Cancer Institute Marshall.
The project is estimated to cost $12.95 million and the Avera Marshall Foundation has a philanthropic goal of raising $5.45 million. Funds raised to date total $8,343,255 million, which includes individual donations and $7.5 million from funds set aside specifically for cancer care as part of the sale of the medical center from the city to Avera in 2009.
A capital campaign committee includes the following individuals: Willard Engel, chairperson; Bob Aufenthie, Jean DeGier, John Drown, Jim Fuhrmann, Donna R. Hartfiel, MD, Jon Knochenmus, Don Louwagie, Mary Maertens, Michael Rich, PhD, Marty Seifert, and Brad Strootman.
“This is such an exciting time for our community,” said Willard Engel, Foundation board chair. “We all know someone affected by cancer and this center will be an incredible addition to existing medical services available close to home.”
“Avera Marshall is poised for continued growth in the scope of services and specialists available for people in our region,” said Mary Maertens, President/CEO. “Now, we are asking for the community’s support for making the Avera Cancer Institute Marshall a reality. We have determined the project’s future hinges on the support and generosity of the community and surrounding area.”
According to the Executive Director of the Foundation, Marty Seifert, gifts can be cash, stock, property and commodities. “We are reaching out to businesses and community members who may have the means for a large gift for this important project,” he said. “Every person in the region will have an opportunity to be part of this effort. Our theme is “building hope” and together, we will create a place of hope and healing.”
Avera Cancer Institute Marshall will be an addition to the Avera Marshall campus. The expansion will offer radiation therapy in addition to enhancing existing services including chemotherapy, surgery, pharmacy, dietitian consultation, home medical equipment, on-site CT and MRI.
Support services will be provided in part from Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls.