Warrensburg, MO (April 17, 2023) — Western Missouri Medical Center’s (WMMC) Foundation received its inaugural diamond-level donation of $50,000.
The WMMC Foundation recently announced it had received $50,000 – the most significant single philanthropic gift made to the Pillar Society Giving Club in the Foundation’s history—from Andy Gelbach & Karen Gonzalez.
“We are so humbled and grateful for Andy and Karen’s generosity in leading the WMMC Foundation to new heights by establishing a Diamond Level gift,” said Jan Glover, President of the WMMC Foundation. “This is inspiring and will continue to assist the hospital in advancing top-notch care right here!”
The gift comes following medical care received by Andy from Drs. David Glover and Mark Pluym. It will support the medical center’s care for patients and visitors and help advance the organization’s mission. While the gift was made to the Pillar Society Giving Club, it will ultimately be placed in the WMMC Foundation’s general fund, which will be used to support the next capital campaign project, projected to be $1 million dollars or more. This project will be announced at a later date.
“Andy and Karen, as well as other Pillar Society members, understand the importance of quality healthcare in our community,” said Matt Lotspeich, Chair of the Major Gifts Committee. “Pillar Society members have made a financial commitment to our providers & staff at WMMC to allow them resources so patients know they are receiving the best possible care close to home. They are giving our community the gift of better healthcare, and we are extremely grateful for their dedication and contributions.”
The WMMC Foundation was reinvigorated in 2015 and began accepting donations in 2017 under its new not-for-profit status as 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(3). Since then, over $1,500,000 has been raised. While the WMMC Foundation is young, it has hit many milestones and continues to impact the medical center.
“A gift of this kind from generous community members illustrates true dedication and commitment to the care provided at WMMC daily,” said Tara Carlyle, Strategy & Development Executive. “This gift has the ability to change lives.”
Interested in learning more about how you can make a difference now, or through your estate planning? Contact our Foundation Team at Foundation@wmmc.com or (660) 262-7464.
About the Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation
The Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(3), not-for-profit organization. Established in 1987, its sole purpose is to support and enhance WMMC’s mission. The Foundation accomplishes this by securing private gifts and financial support from individuals and area businesses. These philanthropic gifts enhance existing facilities, products, and services offered by WMMC. They are also used to expedite the construction of new facilities, speed the delivery of new products, bring on the latest technology, and expand the medical center’s services to continue to meet the growing health needs of the citizens of Johnson County and West Central Missouri.
About Western Missouri Medical Center
Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is a fully-accredited acute care county medical center located in Warrensburg, MO. WMMC prides itself in emergency care, obstetrics, orthopedic and general surgery, family healthcare, internal medicine, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care, rehabilitation services and more. Inpatient services include medical, surgical, intensive, obstetrical, orthopedic, pediatric and skilled nursing care, as well as a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic outpatient services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Learn more at WMMC.com.