GUEST COMMENTARY: Philanthropy builds hospitals’ foundation - February 11, 2014

The generosity of individuals and business owners who donate to the Methodist Hospitals Foundation is making a difference in the lives of thousands of families in Northwest Indiana every day.

We live and work in a region blessed with this great spirit and treasure.

The philanthropic spirit Northwest Indiana residents display each and every day supports Methodist Hospitals’ commitment to its mission of providing quality care to those in need.

In the last year, donations from our benefactors have enhanced cardiac care, breast wellness, along with pediatric and newborn services.

Our vision is to develop resources through contributions that support the mission of Methodist Hospitals. Donations to the foundation are vital to the hospitals’ plans for strengthening its partnership with the community, including:

• $10,000 for scales to keep our heart failure patients healthier and out of the hospital.

• $18,000 for the Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center.

• $30,000 for state-of-the-art bassinets for the nursery.

• $15,000 for emergency services.

• $10,000 for pediatric services.

We have wrapped our fundraising initiatives into a neat little package that is easily identifiable as the region’s longest and largest celebration of Mardi Gras.

Although most of us tend to imagine Mardi Gras as a nonstop party that begins and ends in New Orleans, the celebration — also known as Carnivale — is celebrated around the world with family, friends and philanthropy.

Just like in the south, our initiatives are identified by our individual fundraising Krewes — 11 in all — that have identified a focus and goals that benefit the region.

Our Krewes have a tradition of service as they seek to meet the needs of the health care system. Their efforts are laudable.

They invigorate and energize our efforts. Some, like Mario Minotti, lead by example. As prince of our Krewe Athena, Minotti works tirelessly in support of breast cancer prevention.

In recent weeks, our Krewes have combined their efforts with bead mosaic artist Stephan Wanger, who traveled from New Orleans to work in our community and assist with our fundraising efforts.

Bead Town Northwest Indiana is expanding our reach while engaging our community in a new way.

Join us as we raise the profile of the community — as well as much-needed dollars — one discarded Mardi Gras bead at a time.

Please support this unique effort and Methodist Hospitals in our ongoing philanthropy through a donation to the Methodist Hospitals Foundation at We assure you every dollar will be used to its fullest.