The Spirit of Philanthropy Series by Becky Pazkowski, Vice President of Philanthropy
All projects begin with an idea, and that idea typically grows out of a passion that an individual has for something. For Joanne Hastings, that passion is wellness.
Late in 2011, Joanne approached Harry Hobson regarding her interest in taking the wellness center to the next level. That “next level” included an expanded fitness area and a group exercise area that would also accommodate a dance studio. Joanne had previously lived in communities where wellness was prominent and central to the life of the residents. Also integral to her life were dance lessons, which she mentioned offers an alternative form of exercise with similar benefits to an individual work-out. Not only was she interested in seeing the program grow, she was also interested in funding a portion of it.
Sharing her vision and her passion, she and Harry went to work on what the possibilities were and how they would be accomplished. Over the next year many discussions ensued. Eventually, the project was estimated at $1,000,000 with an additional $150,000 in equipment. Preliminary conceptual drawings were done by THW Design in Atlanta, and they were shared with Joanne.
After seeing the project start to come alive, and sharing her own ideas about design and color from her professional interior design background, Joanne offered a gift of $300,000 towards the project. This amount was extremely generous, and we are very grateful and pleased that Joanne’s spirit of philanthropy, combined with proper planning, would culminate in bringing a much needed program to our current and future residents at Plymouth Harbor. In recognition of her generosity, two rooms will bear Joanne’s name: the fitness center and the group exercise/dance studio.
Thank you so much, Joanne Hastings, for bringing your passion and philanthropic spirit to Plymouth Harbor!
Over the months, we were able to share this project and its funding needs with individuals who showed a similar interest. A previous bequest from the Estate of Peggy Bates (former resident of Plymouth Harbor, was also able to be directed to the project.
With the seed already planted by Joanne, the funding began to grow and is now over $867,000 towards the $1,000,000 for the renovation. A full list of donors to the project is below. Finding ourselves with more than 85% of the funding complete for the renovation, we approached our Foundation Board of Trustees who approved our first ever, formal capital campaign effort for Plymouth Harbor! We are seeking an additional $133,000 for renovations, and $150,000 for equipment, to complete the campaign.
This is a phenomenal project, made possible by phenomenal people. If you would like to be part of this very exciting, and important project, please contact me at the Foundation Office (Ext. 398), and we can talk about ways in which you could be involved. Every gift is important and appreciated!
The Donors – Representing $867,000
Estate of Dr. Peggy Bates
Joe and Laura Devore
John and Alita DeJongh*
Tom Elkind (in memory of Stuart S. and Barbara R. Elkind)*
Harry and Nancy Hobson
Cynthia Lichtenstein and Charles Miller
Gordon and Arlene Okawa
Becky and Paul Pazkowski
Tom Towler and Nancy Lyon
Tena and Tom Wilson
*Represent gifts with associated naming opportunities.