Providence’s Heart of Gold fundraiser began with a standing ovation and ended with an outpouring of generosity as a record-setting $631,000 was raised for the Providence Child Center and the Center for Medically Fragile Children.
Since 1992, the Heart of Gold award has honored members of the community for their support for the young people at the Center for Medically Fragile Children. Past recipients include sports broadcaster Bill Schonely, real estate developer Joe Weston, civic leader Gerry Frank and well-known physician Don Romanaggi, M.D.
This year the “Heart of Gold” award was given to the 125 caregivers at the Center for Medically Fragile Children, individuals who bring their compassion, kindness, dedication and expertise to vulnerable young people.
“Once you spend time with these children, you are changed,” said Angela Shields, RN, as she accepted the honor surrounded by her fellow caregivers. “These kids teach us so much about life, patience and love.”
Carrie Petz, whose 15-year-old son Joel has lived at the center since age 3, delivered an emotional speech during the evening. “The child center has been our second home and we are so very grateful for the care Joel receives from the staff,” she said.
The Center for Medically Fragile Children is the only pediatric nursing facility of its kind in the Pacific Northwest that cares for children with profound disabilities and complex medical needs. The $631,000 raised at this year’s Heart of Gold finale will help endow the center to ensure that the young residents continue to receive the latest treatments, therapies and care inspired by this year’s honorees.