1913 Legacy Campaign officially launched at FLS luncheon

Members of the Fellows Leadership Society (FLS) met October 7 during the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress in Washington, DC, for the group’s 25th anniversary luncheon. During the program, Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Foundation Board of Directors, and Andrew Warshaw, MD, FACS, ACS President-Elect, publicly announced the launch of the 1913 Legacy Campaign fundraising initiative.

Purposes of the campaign

The FLS was founded in 1988 to recognize and encourage philanthropy among Fellows of the College, Dr. Stewart told approximately 200 donors at the luncheon. In recognition of the FLS’ milestone anniversary and the ACS Centennial, the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and College leaders have established the 1913 Legacy Campaign, Drs. Stewart and Warshaw said. The campaign will secure gifts to advance programming that is critical to the mission of the College, while also recognizing the Centennial and looking forward to the next 100 years. Campaign gifts will invest in the three pillars of the College’s mission: The Surgeon, The Profession, and The Societal Good.

Dr. Stewart said at the time of the luncheon that the Foundation had received $825,000 of its $5 million goal. “This is only the beginning of this transformative campaign,” Dr. Warshaw said, asking attendees for their support. He noted that donors may direct their campaign donations to a number of funds, including the Rural Surgery Initiative, chapter programs, education, scholarships, and the Codman Quality and Safety Fund established in honor of the pioneering work of Ernest A. Codman, MD, FACS.

Donors recognized

Drs. Stewart and Warshaw recognized donors who have given at several levels to the campaign. William Sternfeld, MD, FACS, Toledo, OH, and Pon Satitpunwaycha, MD, FACS, Houston, TX, have donated at the Leadership level with gifts of $100,000 and up. W. Gerald Austen, MD, FACS, and his wife, Patricia, Boston, MA; Raghuvir Gelot, MD, FACS, and his wife, Carolyn, Ahoskie, NC; Mary McGrath, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA; and Dr. Warshaw and his wife Brenda are Champion gift donors ($50,000 to $99,999). Richard Reiling, MD, FACS, and his wife, Elizabeth, Charlotte, NC; William Bernie, MD, FACS, Naples, FL; and Dr. Stewart are Distinguished gift donors ($25,000 to $49,999).

After the FLS luncheon, many new donors came forward to contribute to the 1913 Legacy Campaign, including Danny Robinette, MD, FACS, and his wife Paula, Fairbanks, AK, who gave at the Leadership Gift level. At press time, more than $1 million had been raised.
For more information on how to participate in the 1913 Legacy Campaign, contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338 or acsfoundation@facs.org.

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