Nov. 12, 2003 – Rotary Club of St. Thomas will make a donation of $100,000 to the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute at the club's regular mid-day meeting on Thursday at Marriott Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort.
A check in that amount will be presented to Rodney Miller, chief executive officer of Roy L. Schneider Hospital.
Cynthia Jerry, club president, said the institute now under development "has been a longtime dream for providing world-class cancer care services to the U.S. Virgin Islands and to neighboring Caribbean countries." She added, "Our club is proud to participate in making the dream come true."
Jerry noted that Keith I. Daley, governor of Rotary District 7020, which includes the Virgin Islands, will be present for the presentation.
The contribution is earmarked for the institute's Healing Garden, according to Jim Tunick, who chairs the club's committee to steer this project. "We recognize the importance of the environment in the healing process," he said. "These gardens offer therapeutic benefits to patients, families and visitors in a natural setting of tropical beauty."
The donation is being made as a commitment to Rotary International's 2005 Centennial, as part of a global effort to demonstrate the scope and power of Rotary in service through more than 30,000 community clubs around the world.
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