Foundation Receives $1.7 million - Largest Single Gift in its History
January 4, 2012 – The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation-Dayton is pleased to announce a $1.7 million bequest from the estate of Margaret Penny, the largest single gift in the foundation’s history. “We are extremely grateful to Margaret and Don Penny,” says foundation President Marc Martens. “This gift will help Good Samaritan serve others in a way we know would make the Pennys proud.”
This generous donation will help support several signature Good Samaritan programs:
- The Samaritan Homeless Clinic provides primary and preventive medical care, dental services, mental health counseling, podiatry, optometry, and life skills education to Dayton’s homeless population.
- Good Samaritan’s Geriatric Resource Advocates supports hospital staff with a special interest in the care of older adults. It offers expert education for these “ambassadors” and a forum for discussing challenging cases.
- The Teen Pregnancy Program provides essential medical care and life-skills training to pregnant and parenting teens and young women who live in poverty in urban Dayton. The program is a partnership between the foundation and two area service organizations: Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and Lifestages – Samaritan Centers for Women.
Margaret Penny, a lifelong Dayton resident, passed away in early 2011 at the age of 98. She was a strong supporter of local Catholic causes, including Good Samaritan Hospital, the region’s only Catholic hospital. She and her husband, Don, who died in 1979, owned Penny Motors on North Main Street, a 1960s-era Oldsmobile dealership known for its iconic “Lucky Penny” keychain.
Mary Corrine Schmidt, SC, who worked at Good Samaritan for almost 40 years and now volunteers in the pastoral care department, fondly remembers her friend. “Margaret loved to attend Mass at the Good Samaritan chapel and was instrumental in having cameras installed so that patients could view Mass. She was a gentle, lovely woman with a wonderful sense of humor.”