Good Samaritan receives gift of $730,000 | Community Spirit
MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) - Good Samaritan Regional Health Center announced the largest individual contribution to date to their center was made more than 40 years ago.
The gift of $730,000 was provided for within the will of Mt. Vernon businessman Hubert J. Schlafy, Sr., which was established before his death in 1970 and was recently given to the health center after the death of Schlafy's only child, Hubert J. Schlafy, Jr. of Greenwich, Conn.
The center says Schlafy, Jr. died on April 20 at the age of 92 after a brief illness. They say they received a phone call shortly after from the trust's administrator telling them that a gift currently valued at more than $730,000 was ready to be delivered to the hospital. A large amount of the gift was given to the hospital in the form of a $730,000 check.
“This gift is amazing in a number of ways,” said Good Samaritan Regional Health Center President Mike Warren. “First, the sheer amount of the donation is a boost to the community’s effort to help construct the new hospital facility in Mt. Vernon. Secondly, it comes from so long ago, when Mr. Schlafly, Sr. could not have known the growth potential for the hospital or how significant his gift would become. His gift has literally grown over the years and has become available when it is most needed."
Schlafy, Sr. had donated $25,000 to the hospital in Sept. 1967 as the hospital was in the process of expanding to its current facility. At the time, the hospital says Schlafy said, "I am very glad to make this contribution for this most worthy cause and for the wonderful work being done here by the Sisters of St. Francis.”
The hospital finished the expansion program in 1972, two years after Schlafy, Sr.'s death. They say his death on Oct. 31, 1970, helped the annual fund drive exceed its goal that year. According to his obituary, his son, Schlafly Jr., went to the Cablevision studio in Mt. Vernon to deliver the $100 gift his father committed to the drive. Following that announcement, others within the community called in making their donations in memory of “Hub.”
"Mr. Schlafly, Jr. always spoke so lovingly about his Mom and Dad,” said Thomas Gallagher, Mr. Schlafly, Jr.’s long-time friend and executor. “Hub, Jr. carried on his parents’ commitment to philanthropy, especially on behalf of women religious, priests and Catholic organizations. Like his father, Hub, Jr. gave considerable time and attention to proper estate planning.”
Good Samaritan says construction of the new hospital will be passing its 50 percent milestone soon.
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