Calvary Hospital is a very special place. Since 1899, we have been devoted to the care of advanced cancer patients and their families. Our mission is to make all patients as emotionally and physically comfortable as possible. Each year, Calvary cares for more than 5,500 patients from throughout the greater New York area. We provide a continuum of care including inpatient, outpatient, hospice, home care, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. We care for patients at our Bronx hospital and at Brooklyn campus, located within the Lutheran Medical Center.
Over the years, Calvary has been very fortunate to have the support of many individuals, families, corporations and foundations. Their support helps ensure that Calvary care will always be available to people who need it the most. Here are a few examples of the creative ways donors support us:
A True Friend to Calvary
When Joseph G. Cairo, Jr. lost his wife, Pat, to cancer, he wanted to thank Calvary. So he made us one of the beneficiaries of his annual golf outing and dinner for more than 500 attendees every year. To date, the Pat Cairo Family Foundation has raised a total of $1,100,000 since 1996 - for Calvary’s programs and services.
Knights of Columbus
Nearly three decades ago, the New York Chapter of the Knights of Columbus designated Calvary to receive the fruits of their annual fundraising efforts. In addition to an annual dinner for hundreds of people, this chapter hosts an annual Communion Mass and breakfast at Calvary. To date, the New York Knights have raised more than $804,000 for the Hospital’s entire range of services and programs.
A Penny A Day
Inspired by Common Cents of New York, an organization that encourages students from all over the metropolitan area to participate in the Penny Harvest Program, students from PS 71 formed a roundtable committee and collaboratively decided to get their entire school involved to help Calvary! Students from grades 4 through 8 collectively raised 100,000 pennies to total a staggering $1,000! This generous contribution will be used to help support the unique children’s bereavement services offered at Calvary Hospital.
Eighth graders at Iona Grammar School in Westchester started throwing spare change into a large pretzel jar. It soon became a competition. In no time, $300 was collected for Calvary care for inpatients and families. Upon special invitation, a heartfelt presentation was made to a Calvary representative at the closing assembly of the school year. The students were happy to help “change the world” and look forward to participating again next academic year.
If you have a creative idea that you would like to discuss, please call Angela Valitutto, Director of Annual Giving, at (718) 518-2076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.