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The hundreds gathered to celebrate the first Inspira Health Grand Gala on June 8 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City were the first to hear that the Inspira Foundations have reached their $20 million capital campaign goal.
"It is such an honor for me to share the news that for the first network-wide capital campaign, we reached our goal - six months ahead of schedule!" said John DiAngelo, president and CEO of Inspira Health from the center of the ballroom. "We met this goal because of the generous support of you, our guests, along with our community members, local businesses and members of the Inspira family."
And, as members of the network's boards and the capital campaign leadership committee assembled on the stage holding posters behind him, DiAngelo made another surprise announcement - A new goal of $23 million has been set!
"Our needs, and the needs of the community, far exceed $20 million. Our continued commitment means we will continue to strive to address those needs. As a result, we come to you today with our pledge to do more," said DiAngelo. "This Invest. Impact. inspire. capital campaign directly supports our goal to provide care for our community - in our community."
The event and the capital campaign benefit the new Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill opening in the late fall, the new leading-edge cancer center opening early next year, our growing residency program, critical projects at Inspira Medical Center Vineland, as well as, building programs throughout southern New Jersey.
The Grand Gala was co-chaired by Inspira's two boards, the Inspira Network board and the Inspira Hospital board.
"Tonight's event commemorates Inspira's growth and sense of family," said Michael McLaughlin, chair of the Inspira Network Board. "The Foundation events uniting to become one, the two boards working together with the gala committee to make it all possible. It's extremely rewarding to see how Inspira's history and traditions are blending with our exciting and ambitious goals for the future."
Gary Galloway, chair of the Inspira Hospital Board, added, "An outstanding committee worked very hard to ensure that we'll long remember this Grand Gala, our first network-wide fundraising event. Over the next five years, Inspira is investing more than $600 million in critical and innovative projects across the region. philanthropy is key to advancing those needed services."