Pillar of Honor Unveiled

JPMF Recognizes Exceptional Benefactors

Close to 100 people attended Jess Parrish Medical Foundation’s (JPMF’s) Celebration of Philanthropy breakfast at Parrish Medical Center in early December 2008. During the breakfast, the new Pillar of Honor, which recognizes gifts to PMC of $100,000 or more for high-impact health and wellness projects in North Brevard County, was unveiled in celebration of six generous benefactors.

The Health Village at Main Street PMC is anexample of one of the outstanding health andwellness projects that would not have been possiblewithout the donations of generous donorslike these. Together, these six benefactors havedonated more than $1 million:

  • Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary
  • Jerry and Judith Allender
  • Edward M. Poe
  • Skanska USA
  • Sodexo
  • Space Coast Radiology Associates

“Today is a milestone for this community as we tell a story about caring, generous people.People who are helping fulfill an exciting vision for North Brevard County that otherwise would not, could not become reality,” Laurie Smirl,executive director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, said at the event. Attending with the honorees were the PMC board of directors, JPMF board of directors and the PMC leadership team.“

It started as a dream, and you dared to share that dream with us,” Smirl said. “Today we honor some very special people who not only shared this dream, but who inspire us all to dream big.”

PMC President and Chief Executive Officer George Mikitarian continued the presentation as he individually acknowledged each benefactor’s contributions of time, talent and treasure. Each honoree was presented with a glass replica of his or her Pillar of Honor plaque inscribed with this quote by George Washington Carver: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged,sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in your life you will have been all of these.”

The generous benefactors who are recognizedwith their names on the Pillar of Honor are thecornerstone for JPMF’s capital campaign and theshining lights for everyone to follow.