First Christian Church (FCC) of Granbury, represented by Rev. Patricia Kennedy, presented a donation to the Board of the Roger E. Marks Foundation (REM) on March 13.

The congregants annually contribute to church specific project designed to benefit children. This year, FCC chose to donate to the REM foundation in furtherance of REMís effort to completely prepare a room specifically equipped for children in the new Glen Rose Medical Center (GRMC) emergency department.

The Roger E. Marks Foundation is a philanthropic organization created to assist GRMC in providing for the healthcare needs of the community. As a non-profit organization, the foundation donates funds for equipment and other needs to the medical center and medical community in order to further healthcare services in the area.

REM has given an annual scholarship in the amount of $3,000 for the past three years to local high school students with intentions to enter into healthcare professions.

Hospital foundations raise money in several different ways, including, annual campaigns (mailing to patients and community members), capital campaigns (efforts to raise funds for specific projects, such as a new facility or service), planned giving (when a person donates to the foundation in a will), endowments (investments that provide a stable, long-term income source for the hospital), special events (such as black-tie dinners, golf tournaments and galas) and major gifts (large one-time donations from individual donors).

Contributions may help with building or maintaining facilities, buying new equipment or making up losses from operating costs. Foundations also fund special programs such as mammography vans and free clinics.

Any contribution to a hospitalís foundation is an investment in you and your communityís health.

For more information about the Roger E. Marks Foundation or to discuss giving options, contact Mo Sheldon (254) 897-1404.