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Upcoming Events

Appreciation Gala | 3/21/20 (currently postponed)

Kick it 4 Kids | TBD 2021

Cheers 4 Children | 12/3/20

Love Light | 12/7/20

WakeMed Foundation History

1994 – WakeMed Foundation was established. Jerry Bernstein, MD selected to be 1st Board Chair.

1995 – Foundation held 1st gala featuring former First Lady Barbara Bush; raised $250,000 for Children’s Department.

1997 – Foundation’s 2nd gala featured General Colin Powell; raised $780,000 to benefit WakeMed Children’s, WakeMed Rehab Health Park, expansion of WakeMed’s Emergency Department and construction of the WakeMed Heart Center, doubling WakeMed’s capacity and included a 27 room hotel.

1999 – Foundation fundraising benefits Rehabilitation Hospital expansion; Cary Hospital opens Emergency Department.

2000 – Foundation fundraising benefits Women’s Services at WakeMed Cary Hospital & WakeMed North Healthplex.

2001 – Foundation records total net assets over $5 million. Fundraising benefits Intensive Care Nursery at WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Special Care Nursery at WakeMed Cary Hospital.

2002 – Foundation fundraising benefits Women’s Services in Raleigh and Cary. Foundation begins Campaign 2011 – The Next Level, its first capital and endowment campaign.

2003 – Foundation fundraising benefits expansion of WakeMed’s Emergency Services.

2004 – Foundation fundraising benefits the Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace – Raleigh.

2005 – Foundation fundraising benefits WakeMed North Healthplex Emergency Department & Imaging Services.

2006 – Foundation records total net assets over $10 million. Fundraising benefits Mobile Critical Care Services.

2009 – Foundation launches the $20 million Just for Kids Kampaign to raise funds to build the Children’s Hospital, the only dedicated pediatric hospital in Wake County.

2010 – Raleigh Campus E wing opens with its 186,000 square feet encompassing a new main lobby, intensive and intermediate Cardiovascular Care Units and the new WakeMed Children’s Hospital.

2011 – Helton Scholarship Endowment Fund established 2012 – Granite & Legacy Societies launched to recognize supporters that invest financially in WakeMed’s success.

2013 – Foundation provides funding for Rehabilitation Hospital Ekso Skeleton. Friends of WakeMed (FOWM) forms to help tell the WakeMed story and within nine months the network of young professionals grows from 25 members to 107.

2014 – Foundation provides $4 m million to renovate and expand WakeMed’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Foundation commits to raise $2.5 million toward the expansion of WakeMed’s Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace – Raleigh Campus.