LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2013) — The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation recognized the late R.J. Corman on Wednesday at the annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon hosted by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Corman, who passed away in August following a long battle with cancer, was founder and owner of the R. J. Corman Railroad Group and the largest philanthropic supporter in Saint Joseph history.
His financial support provided the funds to establish and build the Saint Joseph Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center in 2008 and earlier this year his generous gift to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation brought digital mammography services to Saint Joseph Jessamine. The gift, made in honor of his sister, created the Sandra J. Adams Digital Mammogrphy Suite at the facility and marked the first time mammography services had been available at the center.
“Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals seeks nominations for these awards,” said Barry Stumbo, president and CEO, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “It was an honor for us to nominate Rick. He was a good friend, a compassionate person and most deserving of this recognition. His generosity has impacted the health and well-being of countless people in our region. That is an incredible legacy.”
With over 400 people in attendance at the Mariott Griffin Gate, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation was one of 20 organizations to honor their top philanthropists at the annual event. The program honors individuals or groups who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the community through their philanthropic endeavors.