Issue 9 Stories

A Community of Philanthropists

Each October, the Student Council Association at Wetsel Middle School in Madison County works to raise money in support of breast cancer awareness, research and treatment. And for the past three years, the group has donated those funds to Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. 

Last year, the school raised money selling pink ribbons that students wore proudly each agroup held a “Turn Wetsel Pink Day,” during which students and staff celebrated their hard work and presented Sentara Martha Jefferson with a check in the amount of $1,186.

We are so grateful for Wetsel Middle School and the efforts of its passionate and dedicated students, helping us to improve health in our community every day! 

Last October, The Women’s Committee (TWC) of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation celebrated an extraordinary milestone, hosting the 25th anniversary of Martha’s Market, which benefits women’s health care in our community. 

Martha’s Market takes place over four days at the John Paul Jones Arena, which is transformed into an unforgettable shopping experience featuring more than 65 boutiques, both local and from across the country. Vendors contribute 15 percent of every sale to benefit the fundraiser. The ticketed Preview Gala, held the Thursday before the market, offered a shopping preview, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a Gallery of Hope—a collection of portraits of women who have battled breast cancer and were treated at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. The portraits shared a story of each woman’s individual journey with cancer. 

Over the years, Martha’s Market has provided funds for a wide range of programs and services benefitting women’s health care, including the provision of critical services to underinsured or uninsured women in our community through free biannual breast health screening days. 

Established in 1993 with a group of 16 women, TWC has grown to more than 260 members today. The committee continues to make meaningful impacts on programs at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital through its three annual fundraisers: Martha’s Market, the In the Pink Tennis Tournament and the Squash Cancer Tournament. More than $5.5 million has been raised through the success of these events, made possible through corporate and individual sponsorships, as well as the detailed planning and tireless efforts of the passionate volunteers who serve TWC. Today the group looks ahead to continue giving back and ensuring that future patients will continue to receive the very best care possible. 

Martha Jefferson Champion’s Cup Supports the Caring Tradition The 2018 Martha Jefferson Champion’s Cup was held May 21, 2018, at Glenmore Country Club. The event followed the traditional format, with proceeds directed to the Caring Tradition Fund, which supports patient and family experience initiatives throughout the hospital and enhances the healing environment of care. 

Sunsets with Sentara Sponsorship Connects PVCC Students and Sentara Martha Jefferson Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) licensed practical nursing (LPN) students received a pleasant surprise on the first day of their fall semester, with Northwestern Mutual/Taylor Associates and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital teaming up to support LPN students at PVCC. The $5,000 gift will pay for the students’ licensing exam fees and lighten their respective financial burdens as they begin courses in their last semester of the program. Dr. Jean Chappell, Dean of Health and Life Sciences at PVCC, said of the donation: “We are very grateful to Gary Taylor at Northwestern Mutual and to Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital for this generous gift, which will directly contribute to our students’ success.” The collaborative effort between Sentara Martha Jefferson and Northwestern Mutual will have a significant impact on the students’ professional and financial well-being. 

Mark your calendar! The 2019 Sunsets with Sentara events are set for June 12 and July 24, 2019. Community members are invited to relax on our lawn with their families while enjoying the sunset and live music, as well as refreshments from local food trucks, breweries and wineries. Proceeds from this family-friendly event support cancer services at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.