January 19th, 2011
Norma and Bill Faccone of New London and Naples, FL have given a $100,000 unrestricted gift to New London Hospital and issued a challenge to the community to raise an additional $100,000 in Annual Fund support for NLH by matching, dollar for dollar, all gifts of $1,000 or more made between February 1 and September 30, 2011 up to $100,000. The gift is part of the launch of the Hospital's 1918 Society, honoring Dr. Nathan Griffin, Dr. Charles Lamson and Dr. Anna Littlefield, and the New London Nursing Association, which founded New London Hospital on October 1, 1918.
The 1918 Society recognizes donors who make leadership gifts in support of New London Hospital's Annual Fund. NLH's Annual Fund provides unrestricted support for charity care and financial assistance programs, education and training for our physicians, nurses, emergency health providers and other clinicians, and enables NLH to purchase new equipment and upgrade technology.
"The Norma and Bill Faccone Challenge comes at a time when community support for our local hospital is needed the most," said Jeff McDaniel, Senior Director of Development. "The Faccones have been tremendous friends and supporters of NLH for more than fifty years, but with their current gift, they'll help us take our Annual Fund to a whole new level."
"This gift is from the heart," said Bill Faccone, long time New London resident and businessman, "Norma and I feel we are so lucky to have the hospital in our town. Our association with New London Hospital goes back decades. Norma worked at the former hospital on Main Street and the current one as a nurse. We've both been involved in hospital activities over the years and used its services on many occasions." Norma added, "We have always believed that we take care of our family first and then we take care of our community as best we can!"
Norma and Bill Faccone have been active members of the New London community since the 1960's when they opened Colonial Pharmacy on the corner of County Road and Newport Road. Eventually, the pharmacy moved to its current Colonial Shopping Plaza site when Bill Faccone renovated the former Cricenti Market building. Colonial Pharmacy became much more than just a place to fill prescriptions with its motto, "If we don't have it, you don't need it."
Additional information about participating in the Norma and Bill Faccone Challenge may be obtained by calling Jeff McDaniel, Senior Director of Development at 526-5023.