Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- With a 39% increase in active patients over the past five years and a 58% rise in outpatient appointments over the past decade, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is launching a strategic initiative to keep pace with its clinical expansion needs.
On Thursday its Campaign to Build a Greater Roswell Park gained impressive momentum to meet this objective thanks to a collaborative $10 million gift from 10 Western New York families.
Through the creation of a "Circle of 10," the 10 families have stepped forward to provide gifts of $1 million each. The funds will support the building of RPCI’s Clinical Sciences Center.
The 10-story, 123,500-square-foot Center will be located on the corner of Michigan and Carlton Streets, and will be joined to RPCI’s adjacent main hospital building via connecting bridges.
Circle members include well-known business and philanthropic leaders and a grateful Roswell Park patient and her husband. The Circle of 10’s generosity was celebrated on June 8 at the site of the future CSC. Representatives from each family gathered to sign a ceremonial steel beam to commemorate the occasion.
The price tag for the CSC is $40 million for construction. With $10 million from the Circle of 10, $10 million committed by RPCI Corporation, and $10 million raised thus far in additional gifts, volunteers from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation — RPCI’s not-for-profit fundraising arm — now seek to raise the remaining $10 million to see the building through to completion.
Members of the Circle of 10 Include:
Mr. Scott R. Bieler
The William and Nancy Gacioch Family
The Garman Family
Richard and Anne Gioia and Anthony and Donna Gioia
G. Wayne and Charline (Bunkie) Hawk
The Jacobs Family
Patrick P. Lee
Stanford and Judith Lipsey
The late Lawrence Minet, PhD
Ralph Wilson, Jr. (The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation)