Community-led fundraising initiative raises $100,000
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso celebrated the end of the Champions of Trusted Heroes scholarship campaign, a community-driven, employer-matched fundraising initiative for the Hunt School of Nursing. The school is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2021.
As “Signature Champions of Trusted Heroes,” Lone Star Title Company and El Paso Electric helped TTUHSC El Paso kick off the campaign in March, each with $25,000 gifts to the Hunt School of Nursing’s Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide scholarships and other financial and educational support for students to help them complete their degrees.
The campaign raised awareness of the personal sacrifices students make as they work clinical rotations during a rigorous 16-month accelerated instructional program, all while preparing for the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also demonstrated that every gift supports future health care heroes, which is especially important as the region faces a critical shortage of nurses.
Charles de Wetter, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Legacy and member of TTUHSC El Paso’s President’s Development Council, and fellow council member Bob Snow, chairman of the board at Western Heritage Bank, presented the idea for the Champions of Trusted Heroes fundraising campaign during a President’s Development Council meeting.
“One of the most important things we can do as a community is support our nurses, the backbone of our health care system,” said Snow. “We are grateful for each and every person who gave a gift that will impact our future health care heroes.”
Leading Businesses Who Gave During the Campaign
The fundraising campaign complemented the university’s year-long celebration of the Hunt School of Nursing’s decade milestone. In addition, it provided an opportunity for local businesses to show their support by matching employee contributions, both as a thank you to future nurses for their dedication to the community, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Casa Auto Dealers had the most participants, with over 90 employees donating to the campaign. Other businesses leading the Champions of Trusted Heroes campaign include:
- El Paso Chihuahuas
- El Paso Locomotive FC
- In Situ
- National Restaurant Supply
- Northern Pass Properties
- Plastic Molding Technology
- State Farm
- Sunflower Bank
- Western Heritage Bank
- WestStar Bank
All seven Vista Market locations also joined the campaign to show their support. They encouraged their customers to give back to health care heroes each time they checked out at the register and matched their contributions.
Cirque de Corazón: The 10-Year Anniversary Event for the Hunt School of Nursing
Throughout 2021, TTUHSC El Paso will celebrate the Hunt School of Nursing’s 10-year anniversary and its contributions to higher education, health care in the Paso del Norte region and combating the critical shortage of nurses in West Texas. In 2010, before the Hunt School of Nursing opened its doors for the first time, El Paso County had 20% less nurses in the region when compared to the state of Texas. As of 2019, the region reduced that shortage to 8%. The culminating event will further support nursing students with a permanent scholarship endowment and provide an outdoor event on the new Medical Sciences Building II lawn that celebrates the selfless commitment of our trusted nurse heroes.
Cirque de Corazon is presented by Lone Star Title and will bring together the best outdoor dining and entertainment experience on May 6, 2022. Every dollar raised will support scholarships for trusted nursing heroes.
Sponsors can thank health care heroes by choosing from varying opportunities to attend, including $25,000 Signature Hearts; $15,000 Trusted Hearts; $10,000 Compassionate Hearts and $5,000 Courageous Hearts event packages. There are also opportunities to purchase tables for $2,000, and tickets are $250.
For more information on Cirque de Corazón or to purchase tickets, contact Craig Holden, assistant vice president for the Office of Institutional Advancement, at 915-215-5943 firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Hunt School of Nursing
In September 2011, the Hunt School of Nursing seated an inaugural class of 38 future health care heroes. Established by a monumental $10 million gift from the Hunt Family Foundation, the school focused its mission on graduating the next generation of talented nurses to address critical shortages in the Borderland. The Hunt School of Nursing offers the only accelerated program in the region where students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) in just 16 months.
To date, the Hunt School of Nursing has graduated more than 800 students, with the vast majority of those graduates staying in the region. The school currently has partnerships with every hospital in the El Paso community, which includes both clinical rotation opportunities and job placements post-graduation.