Boston – On May 11, Massachusetts General Hospital president and executive vice president of Mass General Brigham, Dr. David F. M. Brown, and board leadership Jonathan Kraft, president of the Kraft Group; Diane Patrick, former first lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Carl Martignetti, president and co-owner of Martignetti Companies; celebrated The Campaign for Mass General at a special in-person event at the SoWa Power Station in Boston’s South End.
The event marked the official public launch of the campaign and included historic exhibits from the MGH Russell Museum, interactive touch-screen tables spotlighting Mass General’s work, remarks from hospital and campaign leadership and clinicians, and a multimedia presentation highlighting Mass General’s research enterprise.
The hospital has received gifts from longstanding supporters, including Terry and Susan Ragon, who have given a significant gift to the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, as well as Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine and Gabe Sunshine, who have given support to pioneering neurology research through the Sunshine Cares Foundation. With support from these families and many other donors, the hospital has raised over $2 billion toward its goal. These gifts support the launch of the largest fundraising campaign in Mass General’s 210-year history. The campaign seeks to raise $3 billion by December 31, 2024.
Jonathan Kraft, chairman of the Mass General board of trustees, and his wife Patricia, along with Carl Martignetti, vice chair of the board of trustees, and Mark and Lisa Schwartz will serve as the campaign’s co-chairs.
“This ambitious campaign will help Mass General change the way health care is delivered and further accelerate the pace of medical breakthroughs,” said Brown. “Funds raised will support the development of new approaches to disease prevention, early detection and personalized treatment; improve health care outcomes in communities of color; allow for unprecedented investment in research and innovation with new tools and technologies; and dramatically improve the way we educate the medical leaders of the future.”
“The accelerated speed of the scientific discoveries being made in neurology research at Mass General is phenomenal,” said Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine. “Looking ahead, The Campaign for Mass General will advance these discoveries even further, with the ultimate goal of finding new therapies we can bring from the lab to the patients’ bedsides and into our global community.”
“We created the Ragon Institute to bring together the best and brightest scientists and engineers who are focused on leveraging the immune system to support human health,” said Terry Ragon. “The Campaign for Mass General will intensify and propel the institute’s efforts even further, ensuring these unique collaborations continue to transform our understanding of diseases and bring new therapies to communities here and across the globe.”