St. Luke Hospital Foundation in Marion has been the beneficiary of two sizeable financial decisions within the past two weeks.
The latest news came Thursday when the foundation received word it was awarded $250,000 in community service tax credits from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The amount was part of $4.13 million in tax credits awarded to 21 nonprofit organizations around the state, officials announced today.
The St. Luke Foundation will use the tax credits to fund an expansion of the hospital?s physical therapy facilities and associated services. This expansion will allow the hospital to provide physical therapy services to a greater number of patients.
In a bold effort to challenge Marion and its surrounding communities, the trustees of the Lorraine Hadsell Charitable Trust have decided to issue a challenge gift to St. Luke Hospital Foundation?s capital campaign.
Trust trustees are willing to donate $100,000, but not without an effort from the community. After donating $25,000, the trustees have decided to match every donation to the campaign, dollar for dollar, from now until July 31.
The matching will cap at $75,000 for a total of $100,000. To date the project has raised more than $740,000.
David Colburn, grandson of Lorraine Hadsell and a trustee of charitable trust, said he and the other trustees are excited with the possibilities.
?The purpose of the Hadsell Charitable Trust goes beyond just charitable giving,? he said. ?By establishing the trust, it was my grandmother?s hope that others in the community would also be encouraged to give?and our matching grant for the St. Luke Hospital campaign is a perfect way to realize this goal.
?St. Luke Hospital has meant much more to this community than local access to quality medical care. The hospital has brought many new people to Marion who have contributed to the town?s quality of life well beyond their medical expertise.
?With the continuing growth of St. Luke, those contributions will continue for years to come.?
Bob Brookens, Marion attorney and also a trustee of the trust, understands money could be better used to help support the numerous charities in Marion County, including St. Luke Hospital Foundation to build a healthier future.
?It is very important residents of this area realize that giving back to their community is what will help it thrive for years to come,? Brookens said.
?The opportunity is never greater than through estate planning, wills, and trusts, such as in this case. The family of Lorraine Hadsell has seized this opportunity, and is doing its part to make Marion prosper.?
For more information, contact the campaign office at 620-382-3115.