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Kosair challenges area to raise $100K

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By Marty Finley

By MARTY FINLEY

mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com

LOUISVILLE – Kosair Children’s Hospital has set some high standards to meet by 2010.

The hospital announced the public phase of its $208 million Just for Kids fundraising campaign late last month that is calling on others to help meet its goal. The initiative includes a 10-city challenge for cities or clusters of communities to raise $100,000 by 2010, with Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Fort Knox grouped together to meet the total.

Norton Healthcare, parent company of Kosair, met $100.7 million of the goal and the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Kosair, will raise $93.8 million from private donations. The remaining $13.5 million will be brought in by a 2007 commitment from Kosair Charities to help meet the hospital’s growth needs.

The primary projects to be paid for with money from the drive are construction of facilities, recruitment of quality physicians and enhancing pediatric research.

Lynnie Meyer, executive director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, said Wal-Mart has committed $1 million, which will be used toward expansion and renovation of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

The hospital is asking the 10 cities or cluster communities to raise $100,000 each, or $1 million total, as well.

Initial planning and fundraising began in 2005. Meyer said the foundation already has secured $57 million of its goal from corporations, foundations, estates, churches, schools, civic groups and individuals.

The foundation received its first donation from Elizabethtown last week — $10,000, Meyer said.

G. Hunt Rounsavall, chairman of the Just for Kids campaign, said in a news release that the campaign was the recognition of a new age.

“With this campaign, we are dedicating ourselves to our children and future generations of children, to bring a renewed level of commitment and service,” he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.