Remember our past. Support our present. Shape our future.
Thank you for having an interest in supporting Orleans Community Health Foundation. Big or small, we are dedicated to providing Orleans Community Health/Medina Memorial Hospital with support for equipment, renovations, repairs, and more when needed.
There are many ways to give to Orleans Community Health Foundation and to support our mission of helping Orleans Community Health to provide quality and continuous healthcare services throughout Orleans County and the surrounding areas.
Information on the various ways to give are located below.
If you are an employee of Orleans Community Health and interested in the Employee Giving Program, please follow this link.
Together We Are stronger
Connecting with the community in 2020 really generated a bond that reinforced the idea that we are here for each other. Knowing we have a bond with our community in Orleans County and beyond, we knew that no matter what we take care of each other and “Together We Are Stronger”.
We designed this year’s fundraising campaign to be more diverse than ever before!!!
Help us fund eight different projects throughout Orleans Community Health by attending, donating to or by sponsoring an event, become a corporate partner through the Health Connector program, or give a private individual gift today!
Campaign 2021 Updated Presentation by Heather Smith
Planned Giving Program
“Bowen Legacy Society”
Leave your own legacy.
In 1905, Bowen’s young son Irving was trampled by a horse leaving him with crippling injuries that required him to travel to Rochester for treatment for years. Bowen realized the need for good care closer to home. This reality led him to charge the effort to bring a fully-functioning, modern hospital to Medina.
It took 15 years for George Bowen’s dream for a hometown hospital to become reality. Spearheaded by Bowen himself, dozens of clubs and organizations held fundraisers to finance the hospital project, which was built from 1924-1925. He worked tirelessly for the hospital and was such a familiar figure visiting patients, doctors and even in the operating room, so much so that he was fondly referred to as “Doctor”.
George Bowen’s legacy is kept alive by the Orleans Community Health Foundation through the generous gifts and financial support of local community members who are also passionate about keeping a thriving healthcare system at home. The Foundation’s Bowen Legacy, named for George A. Bowen, is a bequest and endowment fund that continues the tradition of caring passed on by George Bowen.
You too can keep George Bowen’s dream alive when you become a member of the Bowen Legacy Society by remembering Orleans Community Health Foundation in your will. No matter what the amount, your gift will help keep quality healthcare close to home. Please contact the Executive Director if you have questions on how to leave a planned gift or to notify us of your decision to name Orleans Community Health Foundation in your will.
Gifts “in Memory” or “in honor”
Gift a gift to Orleans Community Health Foundation in Memory of or in Honor of a family member, loved one, friend, co-worker, or favorite healthcare provider. It’s a wonderful way to share your appreciation for them and also support your local healthcare system. Any gift can be given to a specific fund, campaign or department within the system. You can make this designation at the time of your gift. If you don’t see an area listed that you want give your gift to, then please contact us at (585) 798-8426 and we will help make those arrangements.
Throughout the years we have been blessed by thoughtful community members wanting to know what they can do to help. They often share that they want to do something either for a specific project or campaign that is close to their heart, however they don’t have the means to donate themselves or they just love coordinating events. That’s when they usually get creative and blow us away with their gift for raising money.
Recently we were surprisingly tagged in a Facebook post by Brandie Fidanza-Carson who was selling repurposed furniture and donating the proceeds to us. She sold her four pieces in less than an hour and has offered to do more.
For years Kathy and Vic Vicknair hosted the “Pink Crystal Ball”. They put together an amazing team of volunteers and created an annual party that featured basket raffles, great food and music. Each year the committee would decide which two organizations would benefit from the proceeds and for several years in a row they generously donated to our mammography department and raised enough funds to renovate the unit. You can read more about that event and project here.
At the early onset of COVID-19 our community quickly grasped on to the #MEDINASTRONG hashtag. A local group of business owners from Canalside Tattoo Co. and The Shirt Factory decided why not put it on a t-shirt. They paired the launch of the t-shirt sale with National Nurse’s Week and also announced that they would be donating all of the proceeds to Orleans Community Health Foundation. Due to their strong presence on social media these shirts are selling nationwide!! Read more about this project on the In A DC Minute blog.
The Medina Lions Club has hosted a community yard sale in the Village of Medina that has grown into a destination event throughout not only Orleans County but Western New York. The proceeds from that event are split by several local charities including the OCH Foundation. Here is a great article about the yard sale with details on what the event entails and how large it has grown.
Nancy Albanese Memorial Renovation Project
Nancy Albanese served our community for over 40 years at Medina Memorial Hospital. Most of her time was spent taking care of patients after they came out of surgery, maybe even you or a close family member. She was there to comfort, to care for and to make sure you were ready for the next step of your journey towards recovering and healing.
We will be renovating the post-anesthesia unit by applying a fresh coat of paint, purchasing a new nurse’s desk and chair, a new privacy curtain system, and new storage cabinets. Additionally, we would also like to install new lighting, flooring and patient lockers. The extent of this project will be solely based on the funds raised. Our fundraising goal to complete the work is $30,000.
*UPDATE* This project has been fully funded through generous memorial donations, participants in special events during 2020, a very successful yard sale hosted by Kathy Vicknair, and the family of Nancy Albanese. At this point in time, we have not begun construction due to delays that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. We are hopeful to begin before summer 2021.
Attend An Event
Attend an Event
Each year we host two iconic events. Our annual golf tournament is held in June and the Treasure Island Benefit auction is held on the first Saturday of November. Throughout the years we have also hosted cash raffles, comedy nights, trivia nights, information sessions, and donor recognition events. To stay up to date with the events we are hosting this year, please visit our event calendar.