Aurora Partnership Campaign celebrates most successful year ever

Natalie Weber, right, addresses the group. Seen listening are Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO; Cristy Garcia-Thomas, president of the Aurora Foundation; and Michael Johnston with the Foundation.

Natalie Weber, right, addresses the group. Seen listening are Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO; Cristy Garcia-Thomas, president of the Aurora Foundation; and Michael Johnston with the Foundation.

The Aurora Partnership Campaign wrapped up its most successful year ever with the President’s Reception — celebrating the generosity of Aurora’s top donors and reflecting on the many lives that the campaign touches.

President and CEO Nick Turkal announced the final 2012 campaign total of $3.15 million — surpassing the goal of $3 million.

Of that total, $1.37 million was given to Aurora-based funds, a 20 percent increase from 2011. Those gifts, made by over 9,000 caregivers, will be put to use helping people live well throughout the communities that we serve.

The impact of a gift was shared by Natalie Weber, a caregiver at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.  Natalie has two children, both of whom are affected by autism. While challenging, support services allow her children to get the education and therapy they need to develop essential life-skills.

Through the Aurora Partnership Campaign, Natalie said her personal gift can support those services for her children and others who are affected by autism. She’s also able to support funds that benefit patients at her hospital and even provide resources for her own department.

“By giving through the Aurora Partnership Campaign to causes that speak to you, you have the chance to help people who need it; and you never know who that might be, said Natalie.”

The Traveling Trophy for the Manitowoc Patient Service Market was accepted by Stacie Schneider and Cathie Kocourek.

The Traveling Trophy for the Manitowoc Patient Service Market was accepted by Stacie Schneider and Cathie Kocourek.

The Manitowoc Patient Service Market won the Traveling Trophy—awarded to the Aurora market with the highest participation percentage—with 56 percent of their caregivers participating in 2012. This is the third consecutive year they have won the award.

The reception provided an opportunity for Aurora Health Care Foundation President Cristy Garcia-Thomas to acknowledge and thank the campaign system champions – Dr. AJ Capelli, Dr. Mark Chelmowski, Dr. Andrea Gavin and John Zorbini – along with the many members of the Partnership Campaign cabinet.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012 Aurora Partnership Campaign and achieved these remarkable results. There is no doubt that caregivers throughout the Aurora system demonstrate our purpose to help people live well.

In the coming months, we’ll share stories of how our caregivers’ dollars are supporting the communities we serve. Thank you again to all Aurora caregivers who supported the 2012 Aurora Partnership Campaign!

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