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Beebe celebrates contributors at all levels

By Judy Aliquo

Receiving her award as the 2018 Fundraising Executive of the Year, Judy Aliquo, middle, accepts her acknowledgement from National Philanthropy Day Chair Barbara Loeslein, left, and Amy Hughes.

National Philanthropy Day is Nov. 15. It is a celebration of philanthropy – giving, volunteering and charitable engagement – that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy and all those involved in the philanthropic process make to our society and our world.

In my 17 years as a fundraiser, I have been inspired by the generosity of many. At Beebe particularly, I’ve seen hundreds of donors who care so deeply about their local, not-for-profit healthcare system that they loyally support it every year, some for more than 10 consecutive years.

To our board members who so generously give their time, talents, treasures and ties; and to the over 700 volunteers who walk patients to their appointments, who answer phones, who work at our Tunnell Cancer Center, etc., Beebe wouldn’t be the best without you.

To the grateful patients who take time to honor Beebe heroes and proudly tell their story; to the Rollins family, who donated the transformational $10 million gift and who have generously supported the Lewes community; to all of the Beebe believers who support Beebe in all kinds of ways, I say thank you!

This year on Nov. 15, Philanthropy Day, I was humbled and honored to be named Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Brandywine Chapter. This chapter serves the communities of the Brandywine Valley including Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Eastern Maryland, and Southwestern New Jersey.

I was so pleased to accept this award at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington surrounded by my family as well as amazing great colleagues, board members and donors both from Beebe and Friends School. For my speech, I decided to write a poem, so here it is:

I am honored to receive this prestigious award

As I’m following in the footsteps of many

Who have been my mentors and taught me the field

And I owe them plenty.

Organizations such as AHP and AFP are invaluable

With great colleagues and information galore

Being a member and learning all we can

Has helped us all soar.

Words from a song I love are

Reach out and touch somebody’s hand

Make this world a better place

If you can.

As fundraisers, we certainly have

Helped make this world a better place

By listening and helping donors

With kindness, style and grace.

Many of us, like me, have fell in to this profession

And I can’t believe my luck

To have made a difference

And it is not just about raising a buck.

Our work includes cultivating deep relationships

Remembering people at their time of need

Celebrating great donors

And creating legacies.

Friends School was my first fundraising career for 13 years

With donors contributing over $60 million to help build facilities

That support excellent learning for thousands of students

We can only imagine the possibilities.

In five years, we have raised over $40 million for Beebe;

What an honor to support our Beebe Heroes

Who every day save and change lives

There are just not enough zeros.

However, Beebe was honored to receive

A $10 million gift—now that is a lot of zeros and—truly transformational

Received from Peggy and Randall Rollins

How amazing and inspirational!

Beebe Healthcare is 102 years old

In Sussex County, one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S.

Saving and changing lives is what we do best.

Our team’s care and compassion always get an A+

And to be sure

There is nothing slower

About lower Delaware anymore.

Great gifts come in every day

From grateful patients who lives have been saved

To honor our extraordinary physicians and nurses

Who deserve tons of praise.

Also, my team deserves tons of praise

As we know, fundraising is a team sport.

They are dedicated, compassionate and caring people

Who are always in the donor’s court.

Our excellent Beebe team includes Tom, Dave and Diane

Who have the pleasure of meeting with Beebe Believers

Lesley, Sue, Amy, Karen, Helen, Amanda and Leanne

Whose support makes us high achievers.

Board members like Tommy and Christian give so much.

Campaign chairs, like the Meolis and Megees, are also to be

commended.

They give time, treasure, talent and ties;

Working with all of them has been splendid.

I’ve been blessed

To work with my boss, Jeff, and other extraordinary managers

Who have been excellent fundraising partners

And have the utmost character.

My family and friends are always by my side:

My husband, Jim, of 36 years;

My children: Erin, Gabe, Kyle, Emmy, Grandbaby Cora and one on the way

Always provide the best support and cheers to me.

Donors of all kinds are the best

Foundations like Longwood, Welfare, Crystal Trust

We can always depend on

And thanks to them is a must.

So it is with great thanks and high honor

That I accept this lifetime award with grace

As we all continue to

Make Delaware and this world a better place.

Thank you Sussex County for making Beebe a better place. You believe in Beebe, you invest in Beebe, you recognize our Beebe heroes, and today on this important day – Philanthropy Day – you are appreciated and thanked.

As a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare system, Beebe Healthcare depends on the generous support of the community. All gifts to Beebe are tax-deductible and are channeled through Beebe Medical Foundation. To learn more about making a gift to the endowment, contact the Beebe Medical Foundation at 302-644-2900 or foundation@beebehealthcare.org. Judy Aliquo, CFRE, CEO, President, Beebe Medical Foundation.