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Memorial Employees Donate $301,000 to Annual Fundraising Campaign


SPRINGFIELD &ndaMemorial Medical Center Foundation’s 29th annual employee giving campaign raised a record-breaking $301,352 to improve the lives of patients and co-workers throughout Memorial Health System.

MASH (Memorial Annually Supports Health) is the foundation’s second largest annual fundraiser. MASH donations support patient care, education, employee and patient assistance and clinical research at Memorial.

A total of 920 employees made a donation during the one-month campaign. More than $5.1 million has been raised through MASH since its inception in 1989.

“The results of this campaign are extremely impressive. We surpassed our previous all-time record in dollars raised,” said Elena Kezelis, executive director of Memorial Medical Center Foundation. “Our employees are extraordinary. They are highly skilled and compassionate, and they are truly generous.”

This year, employees designated nearly $170,000 to specific departments, units, affiliates and funds, such as cancer patient assistance or SystemCare, which provides financial support to Memorial employees who experience a personal emergency. Approximately $131,000 was left unrestricted for health-related grants awarded by the foundation.

Four of Memorial Health System’s seven affiliates – Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Home Services and Memorial Behavioral Health – participate in MASH.