The biggest campaign in Southern’s history, the Campaign for Health and Healing, was completed Friday, February 2, when Rob Raney, senior gift officer, received the final phone call. The $17.5 million project received more than 3,000 gifts and pledges from 970 donors. Yet the campaign was so much more than the numbers, it was about the generosity.
“We’re so excited to have completed something so tremendous for current and future students,” says Chris Carey, vice president of Advancement. “It’s all thanks to the people with big hearts who came forward to help.”
The Campaign for Health and Healing encompassed fundraising for both the Hulsey Wellness Center and Florida Hospital Hall. Created five years ago under the leadership of its original chair, Charlene Robertson, the campaign saw several benchmarks. The grand opening for the Hulsey Wellness Center was celebrated October 2008 and the grand opening for the new nursing building, Florida Hospital Hall, was held January of this year.
With two projects so closely related, the campaign focused on raising money for the facilities of health and wellness students.
“Nurses and the students at the Wellness Center will go out and touch the rest of the world,” says Raney. “It’s like extending the arm of God.”
Six donors completed the final $300,000 needed for the campaign as of the beginning of this year. The matching gift made by the Committee of 100 certainly was a big contribution to the amount left.
Beyond the community, estate, and personal donations that came from outside of Southern, faculty, staff, and students of these new facilities contributed with their support as well. A campaign of this magnitude touched the hearts of people both on and off this campus.