Marsh Center receives $3,000 donation

January 02, 2008

The Bailey Institute has donated $3,000 to the John R. Marsh Cancer Center in Hagerstown through the Antietam Health Care Foundation. The funds were raised at the Institute's 35th Tree Trimming Party in Hagerstown on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The donation will benefit the Patient Assistance Fund at John R. Marsh Cancer Center. This fund provides aid for uninsured and underserved cancer patients.

The Bailey Institute was founded in Cincinnati in 2000 by Dr. Jennifer Bailey, with a mission to "nurture future leaders and improve lives in underserved communities through education and technology." Since October 2006, the institute has been registered in Maryland with headquarters in Hagerstown.

In early 2007, when Bailey began looking for a Hagerstown beneficiary with goals that complement the Bailey Institute's mission to reach the underserved, her friend Virginia Tracey suggested the John R. Marsh Cancer Center.


Tracey, a cancer survivor and a patient at the John R. Marsh Center said, "My experiences at the center have been very positive. Everyone has always treated me with such gentle kindness and respect. I wanted to find yet another way to lend support."

Dr. Charles Supernavage, a Hagerstown physician who has attended the event in the past, served as event chairperson for the 35th Tree Trimming.

The Tree Trimming Party has benefitted U.S. and global charities since 1993. Hagerstown is the seventh U.S. city to host the event.

In the future, Bailey plans to transition to Hagerstown some of the global development programs she has initiated in West Africa in the areas of technology, leadership, literacy, mathematics, science, and health and environmental education.

About the event:

The following is some information about the fundraising event:

The John R. Marsh Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art cancer treatment. The oncology team collaborates with patients' physicians, as well as specialists from teaching and university hospitals, to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. The center, at Robinwood Medical Center in Hagerstown since 1994, has served approximately 4,500 persons to date and reaches 400 each year.

The Bailey Institute board members are Morris Koffa, vice president; Corland Forrester, treasurer; Dr. Solanges Vivens; Dr. Lameck Odhiambo, director of research and program development; and Dr. Jennifer Bailey, founder and president.

The Tree Trimming Party is the Bailey Institute's annual fundraising event and is open to the public. Funds raised support the Bailey Institute and organizations worldwide that are working to improve the lives of others. The tree-trimming tradition began in 1973, when Bailey and Joanne Gula were roommates and graduate students at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Since 1993, The Tree Trimming Party has raised funds to support organizations working to improve the lives of others. Hagerstown is the seventh U.S. city to host the event.

Dr. Charles Supernavage, event chairperson, is a medical practitioner in the area of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. He has practiced in Hagerstown since 1981 after completing his training at the University of Virginia. Over the last 26 years, Supernavage has been a member of Washington County Hospital in Maryland and Waynesboro and Chambersburg hospitals in Pennsylvania. Supernavage is a strong supporter of the event and attended the 33rd Tree Trimming Party in 2005.

List of past beneficiaries: Gbogbeh Village, Liberia, West Africa (2006); St. Clair School, Dessalines, Haiti (2005); Cultural Academy for Excellence, CAF (2004); Coterie of Social Workers, San Fernando Branch, Trinidad (2003); The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio (2002); St. David's Elementary School, Tobago (2001); St. Joseph's High School (St. Joseph and San Fernando), Trinidad (2000); National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (1999); Mayville State University, Mayville, North Dakota, (1994), Cincinnati Opera Co. (1993).

Communities where the Tree Trimming Party has been held:

Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Silver Spring, Md.; Columbia, Md.; Cincinnati; Mayville, N.D.; and Hagerstown.

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