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Former YWCA donates $130,000 to Cabell Huntington Hospital Children's Hospital project
Karen Berry (right), former President of the Huntington YWCA Board of Directors, and Brenda Keyser (left), former YWCA Treasurer, presented a $130,000 check to David Graley, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, to go toward the Children’s Hospital Project at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
When the board members for the former Huntington YWCA searched for a place to make their final donation, they looked for a cause that would continue their mission of helping children and mothers. It turned out that the Cabell Huntington Hospital Children's Hospital project was the perfect fit and, just last week, the YWCA's former administrators handed over the last $130,000 from the organization's coffers.
"It is bittersweet for us to have to close and to sell our building," said Karen Berry, former president of the YWCA. "It is in our mission to give our money to help children and women, and this was the only place that we could see that would really fit the bill."
Berry and members of the YWCA's former board toured Cabell Huntington Hospital's Pediatric Unit and other children's units and agreed that the vision to upgrade those areas and build a new, state-of-the-art facility for children was a perfect way to carry on the YWCA's legacy.
The YWCA closed at the end of 2008 after 87 years in the Huntington community. After paying bills and selling assets, the agency had leftover monies that had to be donated.
"The giving of this money is heartwarming for us," Berry said. "After touring this facility and seeing what it will become, we thought it was an excellent way to spend our money."
The Cabell Huntington Hospital Children's Hospital project is currently in the fund raising stage and already has more than $5 million committed to the reconstruction of existing children's areas in the hospital and the construction of a new entrance solely for children. For more information about the project, please browse our website or call (304) 526-2009.