Yesterday, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced two extraordinary gifts from The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation (WFCF): a $7 million gift to support UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital and a $10 million lead gift to the University’s Institute for Data Science.
Together with previous gifts to several programs across the University campuses, the announcement brings the WFCF’s total contributions to the University’s comprehensive campaign to $20 million.
“It is our honor to support the University’s campaign,” said Danny Wegman, the Foundation’s president and chairman of the board. “What could be more important or gratifying than ensuring the health of our children?”
The Institute for Data Science and the Golisano Children’s Hospital campaign are flagships of the $1.2 billion goal for The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.
The new hospital, which is the largest capital project in the University’s history, is slated to open in the summer of 2015. To date, the community and donors, such as The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation and B. Thomas Golisano, have generously supported the hospital construction, giving $45 million of the $60 million that must be raised for the building. Wegman, honorary chair of the Medical Center campaign, hopes to inspire others to help close the $15 million fundraising gap still needed for the new building.