Donor: Jack and Debbie Edelman
In his opening comments on the event of the dedication of two newly named areas of the hospital, Reid Foundation President Randy Kirk said: “Philanthropy really is a simple thing. It’s a decision to share of your personal wealth to meet a community need. It is a most unselfish act of identifying a need, then making a decision to do something about it.” Jack and Debbie Edelman were the subjects of that comment as over 100 friends and family members gathered in Lingle Grand Hall to join them in celebrating their decision to support the new Reid project through their philanthropy.
In appreciation of their generosity, the Cardiac Center and Reid Board Room have been renamed. The Cardiac Center, now known as the Edelman Heart Center, is dedicated to the memory of Jack and Debbie’s son, Israel “izzy” David Edelman who was tragically killed at the age of 19 in a 1984 house fire while attending Indiana University in Bloomington. The Reid Board Room, located in the administrative offices on the first floor of the hospital, will be known as the Edelman Board Room in honor of Jack and Debbie.
The Edelman’s stewardship is an example of true philanthropy. Over the years, they have made more than financial donations; they have also donated their time and talents to Reid Hospital and the community. Debbie is currently serving her second term on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. She served her first term from 1994-2002 and was board chair in 2000 and 2001, during which she was instrumental in developing the vision for the new Reid. In addition to this, Debbie has co-chaired Art to Heart, the annual fundraiser to benefit the Reid Hospital Foundation and Richmond Art Museum, since its beginning in 1993. Kirk added, “In addition to their keen business sense, Jack & Debbie have a genuine sense of stewardship, and a desire to give back to the community they so love. There are countless examples of their philanthropy across the community. The reality is, each and every one of us here have been beneficiaries of Debbie & Jack’s philanthropy, their stewardship, their kindness.”