Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, raised $20 million in 2010 toward completion of its new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem, National President Nancy Falchuk announced Sunday.
The year-end total far exceeds the $12.6 million goal announced at the beginning of 2010.
Last year’s total brings to $240 million the amount Hadassah has raised thus far for the tower. This figure does not include additional funding from the Israeli government.
The total cost of the 14-story tower on Hadassah’s Ein Kerem campus will be $363 million. The tower is scheduled to begin treating patients in March 2012; the official dedication will take place in October 2012, as part of Hadassah’s Centennial Convention in Jerusalem.
“Hadassah’s commitment to building a strong and healthy Israel is just as strong today as it was at our founding a century ago,” Falchuk said. “The figures we are announcing today are a tribute to the dedication of Hadassah’s 300,000 members and donors.”
“On behalf of the dedicated healers at Hadassah Medical Organization and the people we serve, I want to express my respect and excitement to the women of Hadassah,” said HMO Board Chairman Yossi Rosen. “What a wonderful way to begin the Centennial celebration of Hadassah’s commitment to health care in Israel.”
Hadassah has also announced that its tower fundraising goal for 2011 is $20 million. When the goal was unveiled at the organization’s Midwinter board meeting last week, board members pledged more than $130,000 to HMO during a half-hour period of spontaneous donations.
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