Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Club celebrated its 25th anniversary by presenting a check for $25,000 to Providence St. Joseph Foundation on Wednesday night at DeBell Clubhouse Grill.
“We are very excited and very grateful to the Sunrise Kiwanis Club,” said Louise Skosey, development officer with the foundation.
The funds will go to the neurosciences department at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, which cares for patients ailing from strokes, heart attacks, brain injuries and Parkinson’s Disease, she added. Patients come from Burbank as well as throughout the San Fernando Valley and beyond.
Providence has a critical care transportation unit that brings patients from other hospitals to the Burbank medical center and has equipment on board to start treating patients before they arrive at the medical center.
“This donation will enable us to acquire the latest equipment to be able to assist our physicians and offer programs at the hospital that can best serve our patients,” Skosey said.
The Foundation is in the last stretch of a $4 million fundraising campaign with $500,000 left to raise, she said. The money already raised was donated from people in the Burbank community.
“People in Burbank rally around their hospital,” Skosey said. “Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is a very important institution in their lives and people are coming together to create the programs that we need.”
The donation from the Sunrise Kiwanis Club will go toward funding the $2.6 million 3D Bi-Plane Scanner, an advanced brain-imaging system, Skosey said.
“It is able to scan a patient’s brain and physicians will be able to see results immediately in real time, there will be no waiting,” she said.
In addition, results will be in color while the former technology was just in black and white.
To be able to give the donation to Providence St. Joseph Foundation is a fantastic opportunity for the club, said Joe Marando, president of the Sunrise Kiwanis Club.
“Our club supports the needs of the community here in Burbank, so to have this opportunity that’s going to provide tangible results to our community is exciting for us,” he said.
The club raises the funds during the year through several events but the major fundraiser is its Mayor’s Cup golf tournament, which is always the last Friday of April.
“We always have the support of the Burbank mayor,” he said. “We also help with Burbank Night at Dodger Stadium. We work in conjunction with the city of Burbank. And we have several other smaller fundraising events.
As the Wednesday gathering was also to honor the club’s 25th anniversary, Marando said, two founding members, Bonnie Bryant and Larry Schwartz, were honored.