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Foundation Forward

The Official Newsletter of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation

January 2020

Letter from the Chairman

Happy New Year!
As we enter a new decade, I am excited to see what the future holds for Tampa General Hospital and our Foundation.  We have been inspired by the overwhelming number of people who believe in the value TGH brings to our community and have generously supported us.  As chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, it is thrilling to see the advancement of the hospital’s mission and vision largely because of your generous philanthropy.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends and memories.  As we embrace 2020, may we always keep the season of giving in our hearts year-round!
With gratitude,
Greg Celestan
Celestar Corporation
TGH Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees



Gala Save the Date


“Granting” You a Sneak Peek!

Florida Blue has had a long-standing relationship with Tampa General Hospital. The company recently awarded a $500,000 grant to Tampa General to support patients as they are discharged from TGH with the "Florida Blue Departure Lounge." Stay tuned for an upcoming Special Edition of the Foundation Focus to see the new signage unveiling and hear how both TGH and Florida Blue plan to continue serving patients with compassionate care.


Happier Holidays


Operation Santa benefits the TGH Children’s Medical Center and the Acute Care for the Elderly unit.
There truly is no place like home for the holidays, but for Tampa General Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center and Acute Care for the Elderly patients, being home for the holidays simply wasn’t an option. For our patients, the holiday season can lose its joy when an unexpected hospital stay changes their plans. With the help of generous donor families and groups, Operation Santa made sure our patients had a happier holiday.
Local eateries and stores held "Give Back" nights, with a percentage of sales going to Operation Santa. Those donations, plus the generous giving of our donors, helped raise over $18,000 and provided over 12,000 toys and gifts for patients in our Children's Medical Center and Acute Care for the Elderly unit.
Thank you to all of the local groups, companies, and families who helped make sure the tough holidays were a bit brighter for our youngest patients, as well as those young at heart. Take a look below to see how donors like you helped spread holiday cheer!
Thank you to our local stores and eateries that held Give Back nights benefiting Operation Santa!
Hyde Park Village Stores including:
Canvas Fashion Gallery
Crown and Mane         
Downtown Dogs
                                           Ella Bing                                            
Fig and Julip
Kendra Scott
Salt Pines
Sorrento Sweets
Vineyard Vines
California Pizza Kitchen, Westshore
Chipotle SOHO
MacDintons SOHO
Yard of Ale SOHO
Thank you to the groups who participated in delivering gifts and toys to the TGH Children’s Medical Center and the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit! Highlights include PetSmart donating over 7,500 stuffed animals to the TGH CMC, and the Nancy C. Bruemmer Women’s Leadership Circle delivering coffee and treats to patient families in TGH waiting rooms.