On April 3rd, Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception at Christie’s in New York City. The event attracted more than 150 of Calvary’s long-time and newer donors. This year’s program included remarks by Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary; Bonnie Brennan, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Christie’s; with remarks by Elizabeth Wight, Specialist, Private and Iconic Collections; and Michael J.A. Smith, Chair of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council. After a presentation in one of the auction rooms, guests were treated to a reception and private viewing of Christie’s “Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style” sale.
Calvary Hospital was founded in 1899 by dedicated volunteers, with supporting gifts and bequests dating back to the turn of the century. Since those initial bequests, estate gifts have played a significant role in sustaining the hospital and maintaining its high standard of compassionate care and its ability to expand beyond its original location in the Bronx. Today, CalvaryCareSM can be obtained at a 200-bed Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Campus, The Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan, Ozanam Hall in Queens, and in homes throughout the metropolitan area.
Calvary established The Society of 1899 to honor the visionary men and women who have made a planned gift or bequest to the hospital. These generous legacy gifts insure that Calvary’s core values of non-abandonment and death without physical pain and suffering will extend to future generations when they need this critical care.