Pam and Les Muma
Pam and Les Muma have been extraordinary supporters of Tampa General Hospital. In the spring of 1973, Pam and Les were preparing for the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Leigh, not the unforeseen heartbreak they were about to experience. When Pam experienced severe abdominal pain, doctors discovered her baby was growing in her abdomen. Two days later, Jennifer Leigh Muma was born and rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit at Tampa General Hospital. The baby died just three days later due to underdeveloped lungs. Since then, Pam and Les Muma have made advancing neonatal care their priority in hopes that no family will experience such anguish. The Mumas made a remarkable gift in memory of Jennifer Leigh Muma.
Their gift of $6 million will support research and care for newborns and a partnership between Tampa General Hospital and USF Health. With a state match of $5 million and USF’s internal match of $3 million, the gift to the USF Health and TGH partnership will exceed $14 million. Funding will provide the new Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at TGH, as well as the Lisa Muma Weitz Molecular Laboratory at USF Health. The gift will also establish the Leslie and Pamela Muma Endowed Chair in Neonatology at USF Health. “To be fortunate enough to make life better for someone else is special,” says Les, who started his business career in Florida after graduating from USF and moved to Milwaukee when his company merged to create Fiserv, Inc. in 1984. He retired as President and CEO of Fiserv, Inc., a Fortune 500 company providing technology services and systems, in June of 2006. In addition to children’s health, Pam and Les have provided educational opportunities for countless young people.
Annually they fund four scholarships for students from their hometown of Winter Haven to attend USF. The Pamela and Les Muma Teaching Auditorium is an important facility for USF’s College of Business. Often their generous contributions were given without their name attached. “We never believed in giving money with our name involved,” explains Pam. “But at some point we realized to teach other people to give, people should attach their name to gifts,” adds Les. Since returning to Tampa to “retire,” they have hardly slowed down. Pam serves on the Board of Directors for Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation and Junior Achievement of West Central Florida. She is also a founding member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy. Les serves on the Board of Directors for Florida Health Sciences Center and the USF Foundation. He will co-chair the USF capital campaign with Frank Morsani and served as an Executive-in-Residence of the USF College of Business. Together Pam and Les are serving as the Honorary Chairs of the capital campaign for Tampa General’s new Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and have played a key role in soliciting leadership gifts. At the kick-off event for TGH’s new NICU, Les explained his philosophy of a life divided into thirds: “The first third is to learn, the second third is to earn and the last third is to return.” The Tampa Bay community is indeed fortunate to have extraordinary leaders like Les and Pam Muma, who embody the true meaning of philanthropy.
Jersey Mike’s Subs
One day a year, Jersey Mike’s Subs serves up lunch and dinner to thousands of customers in the Tampa/St. Petersburg region and then does something amazing. They donate 100% of their sales on that day to the TGH Foundation in support of Camp Hopetáke! Throughout the entire month of March, all local Jersey Mike’s restaurants encourage their customers to make contributions to a local charity. This effort culminates with the “Day of Giving” held one day at the end of March. Since 2014, Jersey Mike’s has partnered with the TGH Foundation. In March of 2015 they donated over $46,000 to Camp Hopetáke.
Jersey Mike’s total support of the TGH Foundation through their “Month of Giving Program” has now reached a 2-year mark of $75,000. Camp Hopetáke is a week-long, sleep away summer camp for children ages 5-17 who have survived a burn injury. Healing from a burn injury is a lifelong process. Jersey Mike’s, through its Month of Giving Program, demonstrates the power of giving throughout the region and the impact it makes on the lives of our friends and neighbors. We hope you will consider joining us in showing Jersey Mike’s your appreciation by stopping in and saying hello and extending a personal thank-you to their staff for making life just a little bit better for the kids who attend Camp Hopetáke.
Each year, the TGH Foundation runs a six week long employee giving campaign. The campaign provides all the employees of Tampa General Hospital the opportunity to give or pledge philanthropic support to various programs throughout the hospital. These programs are focused on helping us achieve our vision of being at the forefront of clinical services, medical research and education. The employees of TGH are divided among five different teams, competing for the highest percentage of participation. James White, a security guard at Tampa General Hospital, chaired the ‘Red Team’, the winning team for the 2015 Employee Campaign – It’s YOUR Tomorrow.
James’ dedication to TGH and his fellow employees made him a natural leader for this campaign. With over 1,400 people to account for on the Red Team, James had his work cut out for him. Armed with enthusiasm and determination, James led by example. Not only generously contributing to the campaign, but also donating his time and effort. This valiant effort was certainly rewarded with over 90% team participated. The 2015 Employee Campaign – It’s YOUR Tomorrow raised nearly $400,000.
Twelve-year-old Jeremy Halpern felt helpless when his neighbors, Joe and Estelle Versaggi were seriously injured in a twin-engine plane crash in Wimauma last year. The Versaggis were taken to Tampa General’s Burn Center. Estelle died a week later. But after a month in the hospital, Joe, 63, went back to his Davis Islands home. Joe was like a grandfather to him, and Jeremy wanted to help his neighbor in some way. But what could a 12-year-old do?
The idea came to him as he prepared for his 13th birthday and bar mitzvah – a Jewish ceremony marking the transition from childhood into the adult world. As part of that transition, Jeremy was charged with doing something of benefit to the community. He decided to raise money for the Burn Center in Estelle’s memory.
Jeremy’s father, Dr. David Halpern, had set up a website within CarePages to keep friends and family updated about the Versaggis’ progress. Through that venue, Jeremy informed readers about the fund drive. The drive raised $8,000+ in donations for the TGH Foundation’s Camp Hopetake Fund. The fund is used to support activities related to Camp Hopetake, a camp for previously burned children sponsored by Tampa General and Tampa Fire Rescue.
Based in Ellenton, the camp provides these children with a carefree week of summer activities at no charge. Jeremy has also visited children in the Burn Center and plans to become a volunteer at Camp Hopetake. He sees the fundraising effort as a fitting tribute to the Versaggis. “Estelle Versaggi loved all children, and she would be proud of me,” said this young and thoughtful benefactor.