|Pictured (from left): Jim Barber-SECU Foundation Chair, Mary Ann Rice-SECU SVP of Asheville-Biltmore Village, Linda Barber and McKinley Wooten, SECU Board of Directors Chair.
The SECU Cancer Center at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. is now open to patients, an announcement that came at a recent donor luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony where Trustees of Mission Foundation announced they had reached their $15 million goal to help fund the project. SECU Foundation jumpstarted the fundraising campaign with a $5 million grant in 2010, with naming rights recognizing the Credit Union members’ gift. The five-story SECU Cancer Center houses all outpatient cancer services in one location, and through an established partnership between Mission Cancer Program and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, provides improved cancer care for many western North Carolinians.
Turnout for the October 27th ceremony and SECU Cancer Center preview was tremendous with many supporters in attendance, including representatives from SECU’s Board of Directors, local SECU volunteer branch Advisory Boards and State Employees’ Credit Union staff.
During the luncheon, Trustees of Mission Foundation Campaign Chairman Peter Fontaine noted, “The Foundation team, the community and our many friends at State Employees’ Credit Union have come together and given generously during the past 24 months to reach this major goal.”
“The campaign is one of the largest, most successful campaigns in the region during the past decade,” added John Locke, Mission Foundation Campaign Director. “It shows that when our region feels passionately about ‘taking care of its own’ they step up and give generously.”
SECU Foundation Board Chair Jim Barber also spoke at the ceremony luncheon saying, “SECU Foundation was formed with the philosophy of ‘People Helping People.’ By partnering with Mission Hospital and the Mission Healthcare Foundation, State Employees’ Credit Union members, via their Foundation, are able to continue putting this philosophy in practice. Many SECU members and their families have been touched by cancer, and their landmark gift of $5 million to the SECU Cancer Center will help to bring a wide array of benefits to cancer patients living in Western North Carolina.”