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Fulfilling the promise

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Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital displays the check presented by Promise Ambassador co-chairs Kim Firestone, Vicki Parisi and Jim Madden.

Bubbles, balloons and cupcakes marked the end of “My Promise. My Children’s” employee campaign this week in Perkins Square Park. When the final number was revealed, attendees celebrated the $3,843,938 donated by employees during the 3-month campaign which began in April.

The “My Promise. My Children’s” campaign raised money for the “Building on the Promise” building project, a $200 million expansion program that will bring another patient care building to the Akron campus. The campaign also benefits “The Vision for Our Valley’s Children” campaign, which supports capital and programmatic needs in the Mahoning Valley. Overall, 1,289 employees (28 percent) participated in the campaign.

“It is very impressive that so many employees were able to come together to support the hospital and our patients,” said Pam Holtz, director of annual giving at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Foundation.

On July 23, employees gathered in Perkins Square Park on the Akron campus to enjoy cupcakes and hear the total amount employees donated for the hospital.

“A gift to Akron Children’s Hospital is not just a gift, but an investment for our community and the children and families we serve every day,” said Holtz.

The total was revealed with the help of employees’ children, all patients of the hospital, and seven, numbered balloons.

Promise Ambassador co-chairs Kim Firestone, Vicki Parisi and Jim Madden attended the event and presented the check to Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s, on behalf of all the employees.

“You believe in the mission of this hospital and what we have the privilege of doing every day,” said Considine. “That belief has translated into this very generous gift.”

Considine concluded the event by thanking all of the employees for their dedication throughout the campaign.

“We’re investing in healthcare for the children in our region with this $200 million project,” Considine added. “I hope you have the same level of pride that I do by being a part of this investment.”

The Mahoning Valley also celebrated the end of the campaign, on July 24 during the employee meal, where the total amount was announced. Employees received tickets for a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game as a thank you for their participation.

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