$10 Million Gift Sets Stage For Roswell Park’s Clinical Expansion

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Roswell Park Cancer Institute celebrates generosity of “Circle of 10”

BUFFALO, NY — With a 39% increase in active patients in the past five years and a 58% rise in outpatient appointments over the past decade, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is launching a strategic initiative to keep pace with its clinical expansion needs. Today its Campaign to Build a Greater Roswell Park gained impressive momentum to meet this objective thanks to a collaborative $10 million gift from 10 Western New York families.

Through the creation of a “Circle of 10,” the 10 families have stepped forward to provide gifts of $1 million each. The funds will support the building of RPCI’s Clinical Sciences Center (CSC). The 10-story, 123,500-square-foot Center will be located on the corner of Michigan and Carlton Streets, and will be joined to RPCI’s adjacent main hospital building via connecting bridges.
 
Circle members include well-known business and philanthropic leaders and a grateful Roswell Park patient and her husband. The Circle of 10’s generosity was celebrated on Wednesday, June 8 at the site of the future CSC. Representatives from each family gathered to sign a ceremonial steel beam to commemorate the occasion.
 
The price tag for the CSC is $40 million for construction. With $10 million from the Circle of 10, $10 million committed by RPCI Corporation, and $10 million raised thus far in additional gifts, volunteers from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation—RPCI’s not-for-profit fundraising arm—now seek to raise the remaining $10 million to see the building through to completion.
 
Members of the Circle of 10 Include:
Mr. Scott R. Bieler
The William and Nancy Gacioch Family
The Garman Family
Richard and Anne Gioia and Anthony and Donna Gioia
G. Wayne and Charline (Bunkie) Hawk
The Jacobs Family
Patrick P. Lee
Stanford and Judith Lipsey
The late Lawrence Minet, PhD
Ralph Wilson, Jr. (The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation)
 
About the Clinical Sciences Center
The CSC will house a new, expanded Chemotherapy Infusion Clinic that will offer patients a picturesque view of Buffalo’s skyline; a Comprehensive Breast Services Center that will offer screening mammography services; and a Patient Education/Survivorship Center for Roswell Park’s 31,000 patients and their families. The building’s presence also will allow many clinics and patient care areas to be expanded and renovated within the existing main hospital.
Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org