HEB, AEP donations push cancer center nearer to goal
by Heidi Hood, Uvalde Leader News Staff Writer Less than $40,000 is needed to make the $5 million Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center a reality, after H-E-B and the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation announced two different gifts at an event held Thursday night at the Uvalde Country Club.
Less than $40,000 is needed to make the $5 million Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center a reality, after H-E-B and the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation announced two different gifts at an event held Thursday night at the Uvalde Country Club.
Tony Arce, AEP Texas Community Affairs manager here in Uvalde and Julio Reyes, AEP Texas vice president of external affairs, presented a $50,000 gift to the Saving Lives Close to Home Capital Campaign.
John Carroll and JR Davenport with H-E-B presented a $100,000 gift to the Saving Lives Close to Home Capital Campaign.
“From an outside perspective it has been an absolute thrill to see this fundraiser run,” said Dan Thompson, part of the campaign counsel.
“We’re really here with a deep sense of gratitude,” he continued, but added “historically, the last money is the hardest to get.”
Sheri Rutledge, development coordinator, said earlier last week she received $20,000 including a $15,000 check just that night, during the event.
“We have less than $40,000 to bring this home,” she said to a large round of applause from those in attendance.
Along with announcing the two gifts, Rutledge named several different avenues that people can still donate through. Those include bidding on a painting completed by Abel Ortiz-Acosta, an art teacher at Southwest Junior College.
Rutledge explained that the junior college wanted to do something for the campaign, and Ortiz-Acosta felt he could do something more than just give money.
The painting of downtown Uvalde, done in a realist style, is displayed in a mahogany frame that was donated by Debbie and Bo Alderson with Glasco Inc. Bidding began Thursday night and will continue until Dec. 14. The minimum bid is $500.
The painting, which was displayed at the event Thursday, has now been moved to First State Bank of Uvalde.
Rutledge said 100 signed limited edition prints of the painting have also been created and are being sold for $75.
“I admit I was the first one in line for one of them,” Rutledge said.
Other donation options include buying a brick that will line the walkways and courtyard of the cancer center. The prices range from $100 to $550.
For those wanting to give $5,000 or more, their names will be featured on the Governor’s Circle donor wall. All gifts must be received before December 31 to be allocated to the campaign.
More information on the bricks, painting or prints can be obtained by contacting Rutledge at 278-6251, extension 1616.
But raising money and receiving money was not the only focus at Thursday night’s event, as the architectural renderings were made available for those in attendance to get a first glimpse at what the center will look like.
The architectural firm of O’Connell Robertson presented three different view boards with the layout of the center, along with the proposed look and feel of the center.
Rick Burnight said his firm worked to make sure the center would be as patient friendly as possible.
“With the interior, the environment will be non-institutional,” Burnight said, adding that such an environment will help with the healing process.
Along with the interior, the exterior courtyard was also created in order to provide a peaceful space for the patients.
“It creates an environment and space for patients and family to reflect to help with the healing process,” he said.
The regional cancer center will be located next to Uvalde Memorial Hospital on Garner Field Rd. The late Joseph Puccini donated the land.
The center will provide radiation therapy to residents of Uvalde, Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Val Verde and Zavala counties.