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Philanthropy in Action newsletter July 2021

Philanthropy in Action newsletter July 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021   |   Category: Newsletter

Meet our passionate and fundraising-minded chairs

Meet the amazing chairs of HonorHealth Foundation’s 4th annual NICU High Tea fundraiser – Stacy Lovell and Mitzie Warner – both of whom had premature babies cared for at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center NICU.

Philanthropy is a critical component to the quality of care we deliver every day – thank you for your dedication and leadership on behalf of HonorHealth Foundation and the tiniest patients for which we care.

Stacy, if you had one wish for those reading this story – what would be?

My wish and hope is to continue to create awareness, to provide funding for all NICU needs, and to give thanks to all the doctors and nurses that work in NICU’s across the nation. They are truly miracle workers! Everyone knows somebody that had a NICU baby. Whether it’s your own child, a family member, a friend or a neighbor. It’s never far from home.

Mitzie Warner, co-chair

Mitzie, what is the “why” behind your support of HonorHealth’s NICU?

Five years ago, I unexpectedly went into preterm labor at 25 weeks. After being admitted I was given magnesium to slow down labor and a surfactant shot to help the baby's lungs develop. Those actions kept my son in place for one more week which was critical. At 26 weeks, Dylan was born weighing one pound eight ounces. Doctors didn't know if he'd survive and if he did, my husband and I were prepped on the lifelong complications that come with extreme prematurity. 

Dylan spent four months in the NICU. His tiny body endured painful procedures which even included heart surgery at two pounds. Each day was an uphill battle filled with the unknown. HonorHealth became our second home and the NICU team became family. Our son is alive because of our amazing doctors and nurses. He's starting kindergarten this fall. If you saw him now - you'd never know he was born at 26 weeks.

What inspires you most about philanthropy and working for the good of others?

Giving back to the community makes me happy and I've always enjoyed carving time to volunteer! I love connecting the dots and applying my skill set to make a difference. Sharing my NICU journey has been therapeutic for me and I've met some amazing people along the way.

If you had one wish for those reading this story – what would it be?

The HonorHealth NICU is constantly evolving thanks to donors, sponsors and High Tea attendees. Money raised stays in the NICU. Dylan is with our family today because of the care he received AND because of high-tech lifesaving medical equipment. Without those critical components, life would be very different. My husband and I are forever grateful!

How long have you been involved with the NICU High Tea?

This is my first year as co-chair! I joined the committee last year and was overjoyed and honored to be part of the process. I adore our committee members and love collaborating with the NICU and HonorHealth Foundation team.

What is your hope for the future care of preemie/NICU babies?

Modern medicine is a miracle that costs money! I just want to see NICUs get the latest technology to give these tiny ones the tools to survive. And keep advancing research for moms and babies.


Stacy Lovell, NICU High Tea event founder

What inspires you most about philanthropy and working for the good of others?

It is so important to me, and my family, to show our support and gratitude for the good fortune our family has experienced. As well as to make certain that others in our community, who face the same difficult challenges we did, are fortunate enough to have access to the same incredible resources and support that we were. This event is so near and dear to my heart because the NICU is a huge part of our family!

How long have you been chairing the NICU High Tea?

I had a vision and a dream for doing this event ever since our experience. So, four years ago we finally brought it to fruition. I am beyond thrilled at how this event has impacted the community. It has been incredible to see how it has grown and evolved and has touched so many families’ hearts! I love when I am at a grocery store and a NICU Mom approaches me and says, “Thank you for all that you have done in the community for the NICU,” and then they share their own experience. It is truly rewarding!

What is your hope for the future care of preemie/NICU babies?

My hope is to continue to create awareness and provide compassion, as well as the necessary resources, for all NICU babies and families to thrive. As well as give gratitude to all the NICU health professionals for their leadership, compassion and care. In terms of resources, it doesn’t always have to be expensive medical equipment. It may be as simple as scrapbook pages, snacks for the parent pantry, or donor breast milk. I want the hospital to have access to the full assortment of tools and resources necessary for all NICU babies to thrive! They deserve it…

We hope you’ll join us at the NICU High Tea on September 23 for lunch, program, and auction!



K-9 program

A golden heart for veterans and K-9 officers

Joan Kalimanis is a force for good. Supporting HonorHealth Foundation for more than 12 years, she and her late husband, Thomas, shared a philanthropic vision powered by giving back simply because they could, and because “it is the right thing to do.”

Through personal giving and their H.N. & Frances Berger Foundation, they have supported trauma-training programs at the HonorHealth Military Partnership, purchased three security dogs for our hospital campuses as part of HonorHealth’s K-9 Security Program, and donated a healing garden for patients and staff at HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center. Through their philanthropy, our entire community benefits.

Thank you, Joan, for your kind heart and unwavering support. We appreciate you!



Desert Mission

How $10 a month helps our vulnerable neighbors

Our community is still feeling the effects of COVID. Job loss and hunger are continued realities for some of our neighbors. One of our longest standing programs, HonorHealth Desert Mission Food Bank, has seen an extraordinary demand during this year-and-a-half of crisis. And over the summer months, the need for food magnifies.

It’s an unfortunate reality that one in five children in the greater Phoenix area face food insecurity. With hunger hitting our community hard, won’t you consider making your gift monthly?

Your gift today of $10/month can provide a day of healthy meals for four children each month.

Your ongoing commitment as a monthly donor to Desert Mission Food Bank will make a significant difference in the lives of so many – thank you!



Heart pillows

Taking the care of front-line staff to heart

We are so grateful to have such generous outreach in our community. The Scottsdale Branch of the Alliance of Youth in the United States recently made heart pillows for our doctors and nurses working in our Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center. Their mission – give support and encouragement, but also, the ability to get their own “heart hugs.”

The youth group had previously made baskets to thank staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is truly these acts from the heart that make the biggest difference. Thank you!



HonorHealth 2020 Annual Report

Your philanthropy, your impact

As a nonprofit, community hospital, HonorHealth is different – and every dollar makes a difference.

Take a look at how you, our donors, made a meaningful impact throughout the last unforgettable year in our 2020 Annual Report.



The Honor Ball 2021 - Save the Date

A night to remember... The Honor Ball 2021

Have you bought your table to the most luxurious gala in town this year? The Honor Ball 2021 is live again, and offers guests a black-tie affair filled with dining, dancing and transforming lives.

Proceeds from the night benefit multiple transformational healthcare programs including: Bob Bové Neuroscience Institute at HonorHealth; HonorHealth Cardiovascular Center of Excellence; HonorHealth Research Institute – cancer research; and the Ellen and Howard Katz Family Patient Assistance Fund.

Join us at the The Honor Ball on Saturday, December 4, 2021. This year we honor the vision and philanthropy of Howard C. Katz, who is working to ensure all patients have access to world-class health care and services. The gala will be held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Reserve your table today!



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