BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Today, Heaven Hill Brands presented the largest donation to date to Project Hope— $100,000. In continued support of CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Center at Flaget Memorial Hospital, Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira presented the donation among foundation and hospital staff including CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations President Leslie Smart, Flaget Memorial Hospital President Jennifer Nolan, Dr. Monte Martin, Dr. Kristi Paris, nurses, survivors, and Heaven Hill employees.
As the largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer, the Bardstown-based company is proud to support one of the most critical projects in Nelson and surrounding counties as part of the Foundation’s 2019 capital campaign. Project Hope is the Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation’s mission to raise $1.2 million to construct an expanded cancer center. In a community where so many Heaven Hill employees live, this project could touch the lives of several Heaven Hill employees and their loved ones.
“As a locally owned company, our family and employees have called Bardstown home since Heaven Hill was founded in 1935,” said Shapira. “This cause is particularly important to my family to continue the support my father and Heaven Hill co-founder Ed Shapira began in 1946. We are dedicated to supporting the community in which our employees work and live, and it is our hope that this donation will elevate the impact and reach of Flaget Memorial Hospital’s resources and care.”
“During this week of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for Heaven Hill and this generous donation that will help us to expand our cancer center,” said Nolan. “It is always better for patients to be able to access cancer care close to home. The generous support for Project Hope will allow us to increase the number of infusion rooms and add a pharmacy to serve our patients.”
Throughout the years Heaven Hill has supported Flaget’s mission and values through various initiatives, including Heaven Hill Co-Founder Ed Shapira’s unwavering support of Flaget’s campaign benefitting the construction of the original facility. After the first campaign was unsuccessful, Ed stepped in to lead the way to create the foundation for a world-class community hospital in 1946. Again in 1982, Ed and Heaven Hill offered support to Flaget, assisting with the purchase of a new portable cardiac care system allowing the hospital to better serve the local community. This donation was especially important to the Shapira family as Ed had been a patient in Flaget’s cardiac care unit relying on the same type of medical equipment. Recently, Heaven Hill supported Flaget Cancer Center’s Project Hope during its 2018 Annual Philanthropy Project resulting in an employee-driven donation of nearly $28,000. Additionally, the company has hosted various events benefitting Flaget’s Project Hope, including Fifty Shades of Pink and A Cure Under Construction.
ABOUT HEAVEN HILL BRANDS: Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY -based Heaven Hill Brands (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Larceny, and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Rittenhouse Rye Whisky; Deep Eddy and Burnett’s Vodkas; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; Black Velvet Canadian Whisky; Lunazul Tequila; The Christian Brothers Brandies; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; Carolans Irish Cream Liqueur; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur.
ABOUT FLAGET MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, is a 52-bed facility located in Bardstown, KY. Established in 1951 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the facility serves residents of Nelson, Hardin, Marion, Washington, Spencer, Bullitt and LaRue counties. The facility is also home to Nelson County’s first full-service cancer center.
ABOUT FLAGET MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION: Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.
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