Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation

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The Foundation

We are committed to increasing our community’s awareness of the quality of healthcare provided by Piedmont Athens Regional, providing opportunities for the community to invest in their healthcare, and providing meaningful volunteer opportunities. Donate Online.

• Chair – Tom Landrum, VP Emeritus, Development & Alumni Relations, UGA
• Vice Chair – Carl Nichols, Nichols Land & Investment Company
• Past Chair – Bobby Heath, Retired, First American Bank
• Phil Bettendorf, Synovus Bank
• Michael Burnett, CEO, Piedmont Athens Regional
• Scott Collins, Collins/Moody & Company
• Sid Kirschner, Piedmont Healthcare Foundation Chief Philanthropy Officer
• Tammy Lindsay, Lindsay Transfer & Storage
• Dr. Catherine Marti, Piedmont Heart
• Dr. Jonathan Murrow, Piedmont Heart
• Rick Parker, Athens Housing Authority
• Becky Sams, President of PAR Auxiliary
• Len Sapera, Retired, Athens First Bank & Trust
• Jennifer Scott, Manager & Clerk, Braselton
• April Sorrow, Jackson EMC
• Jenny Terrell, Bank of England Classic Lending Group
• Dr. Xernona Thomas, ACC School District
• Dr. Ron Walpert, Athens Radiology Associates
• Becky Waltman, Chair of GIFT
Tammy Gilland
Executive Director of Philanthropy

Steven L. Dasher
Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving

Chrissy Jenkins
Sustained Giving & e-Philanthropy Coordinator

Sierra Hammock
Donor Relations Liaison

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center is a 360-bed non-profit hospital and regional referral center serving 17 counties in Athens and northeast Georgia. We offer a Level 2 Trauma Center and Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, urgent care centers, and an extensive network of respected physicians, surgeons and specialists.


On February 20, 1919, Drs. Goss, Holliday, Hunnicutt and Reynolds met to discuss the need for a community hospital in Athens-Clarke County. After securing the necessary funding in 1921, a 100-bed facility was opened, featuring three medical floors, two operating rooms, a delivery room and a 24-member medical staff. Over the past 100 years, Piedmont Athens Regional has grown to serve 17 counties in northeast Georgia and provides jobs for more than 3,300 employees. What started as a small local hospital has changed, but our original mission to serve our community and make a positive difference has stayed the same.

Piedmont Foundations

Piedmont Healthcare is a federally certified 501(c)3 nonprofit community hospital system. As a nonprofit, gifts are a vital part of supporting our mission, and directly benefit the health and wellness of patients in our community. Along with Athens, Piedmont has foundations in Atlanta and Columbus.


Our Board of Directors have identified the new patient tower and the Magill Miller Advanced Heart Failure Clinic as our two priority areas in our current campaign. These two campaign priorities will allow us to continue serving our community with superior clinical care.

Key Programs

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center’s $171 million renovation and expansion project kicked off in October 2018, and is expected to be completed by DPR Construction in 2022. It will include the renovation of approximately 262,436 square feet of existing space and the replacement of approximately 228,691 square feet of space. The new tower will improve wayfinding for our visitors and will include inpatient and outpatient departments designed to enhance the patient experience.
Space Naming Rights Commitments
Large Courtyard $500,000 University Vascular
Main Lobby $500,000 Elizabeth & Tony Townley
Patient Pavilion – 3rd Floor $500,000
Patient Pavilion – 4th Floor $500,000
Pavers & Walkways $250,000 Employee & Community Brick Campaign
Jewel Box Garden $250,000
Sacred Space $250,000
South Wing – 3rd Floor $200,000
South Wing – 4th Floor $200,000
Visitor Resource Room $150,000
Northeast Wing – 3rd Floor $150,000
Northeast Wing – 4th Floor $150,000
Garden #1 $125,000 Charles & Cathy Peck Garden
Garden #2 $125,000 Dr. & Mrs. Robert Sinyard in memory of Alice & Robert Sinyard
Pink Posy Gift Shop $100,000 Piedmont Athens Regional Auxiliary
Plaza on Talmadge Drive $100,000 Julie and Michael Jenkins in memory of Juliette and Henry Massey
Café $100,000 Athens Radiology Associates
Wellness Porch $100,000 PAR Employee GIFT Members
Community Room $50,000 Synovus Bank
Main Lobby Information Desk $25,000 Len Sapera in memory of Eileen W. Sapera
Visitor Lounge Areas $25,000
NE Visitor Lounge – 3rd Floor $25,000 Piedmont Athens Regional Auxiliary
NE Visitor Lounge – 4th Floor $25,000
S Visitor Lounge – 4th Floor $25,000 Barbara Bankston & Mel Garber
S Visitor Lounge – 3rd Floor $25,000 Barb and Carl Parks
Patient Rooms $10,000 The Fred and Sharon Loef Family, Carole and Sidney Kirschner, Greer and Ken Wells, Steve and Tami Jackson, Elizabeth and Steven Scott, Sekhar & Srilakshmi Rebala, Elaine & Jon Cook, Dr. & Mrs. A. Fred Young, Dr. & Mrs. Cullen Morris, Dr. and Mrs. Hugh F. Jenkins, Tammy and Geof Gilland, Runell and Michael Cheek, Susan and John Barrett, The Hoyt Family
Garden Pod #1 $5,000 Erin & Scott Beaver
Garden Pod #2 $5,000 Georgia Power
Garden Pod #3 $5,000 The Henderson Family in memory of Stan Henderson
Garden Pod #4 $5,000 Heritage Garden Club
Garden Pod #5 $5,000 Doris Adams Ramsey
The Magill-Miller Advanced Heart Failure Clinic at Piedmont Heart Institute—Athens is committed to helping people at all stages of heart failure feel better, live longer and stay out of the hospital. Gifts and donations will be used for patient education, staff and specialized training, and clinic updates and renovations.


The 1919’s Mint Jubilee A Derby Day Event

The 1919 looks forward to hosting the Mint Jubilee on Saturday, May 7, 2022! More details to come in 2022!

The 1919’s Dogwood Classic Golf Tournament

Join us on Friday, October 1st at the University of Georgia’s Golf Course for the 1919’s Dogwood Classic benefiting Piedmont Athens Regional’s Women’s and Children’s Services. Please call our office at 706-475-3301 for more information.

News / Updates

Ways to Give

This is the easiest way to make a gift. Bring the cash to our office, mail a check payable to Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation, or make an online gift. Donate.
You can direct IRA distributions to Piedmont Athens Regional and avoid income taxes on the distribution. This giving opportunity has recently been made a permanent part of the tax code and there are limitations, so please contact the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation prior to directing a distribution to us.
Consider a gift to Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation as part of your estate planning. Sample Bequest Language.
A life insurance policy (particularly a paid up one) that has outlasted its original purpose is a wonderful gift. Piedmont Athens Regional needs to be the owner and beneficiary for you to get a deduction for the gift but naming us as the beneficiary is still a great option if you chose not to make us the owner and beneficiary.
Making the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation the remainder beneficiary of your retirement plan(s) (IRA, 401(k), 403(b) pension or other tax-deferred plan) is a very tax-wise method to benefit the hospital.
You transfer assets (typically cash, stocks or bonds) to a Community Foundation or similar organization that issues Charitable Gift Annuities. The annuity will pay a fixed amount for the rest of your life and possibly another and the remaining balance will go to the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation after the last income beneficiary(ies) pass away. You will get a charitable income tax deduction for the remainder interest of the annuity when the annuity is established as well as avoiding or deferring taxes on capital gains on the assets after they are sold.
You establish a charitable trust and then transfer assets (typically cash, stocks or bonds) to the trust. The trust will then pay a variable amount (CRUT) or a fixed amount (CRAT) for the rest of your life and possibly another and the remaining balance will go to the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation after the trust terminates (usually after the income beneficiary(ies) pass away). You will get a charitable income tax deduction for the remainder interest of the trust when the trust is funded as well as avoiding taxes on any capital gains on the assets.
The Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation has comprehensive and individual event sponsorship packages that will recognize your company while benefiting our community’s healthcare.

How to donate stocks, mutual funds and wire cash.

For more information or questions, contact Steven Dasher, Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving, at 706-475-3428 or Steven.Dasher@piedmont.org.

Donor Recognition

Donors leave their mark on the community by helping provide better care, new facilities, and expanded programs. Our Donor Recognition programs are designed to acknowledge the generosity and impact of gifts to Piedmont Athens Regional. Donor recognition exists on many levels, and there is a wide range of Piedmont Athens Regional Giving Clubs where donors can leave their mark.

The Founders Society

Membership in the Founders Society is based on the donor’s cumulative lifetime giving to Piedmont Athens Regional. This society recognizes those generous donors who assist Piedmont Athens Regional in fulfilling its mission of providing the highest level of medical care. There are five levels within the Founders Society:
•$1 million +

The Corporate Honor Roll

Recognizes the Foundation’s corporate partners who have given cumulative donations of $25,000 or more.

The Pillar Society

The Pillar Society is the foundation of the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation. It honors individuals/businesses who contribute $100 or more annually.

View the complete 2021 Pillar Society list.

The Heritage Circle

Recognizes and honors generous supporters who have made provisions in their estate plans to benefit Piedmont Athens Regional.

The Cornerstone Society

Recognizes donors who have given or committed a gift of at least $10,000 to benefit Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation.

View the complete 2019 Cornerstone Society list.


Getting Involved for Tomorrow is Piedmont Athens Regional’s employee giving program. Over 60% of Piedmont Athens Regional employees support the Foundation through donations made through payroll deduction.

View the complete GIFT donor list.

The Shelby J. Lacy Award

Recognizes a Piedmont Athens Regional employee who has made unselfish and significant contributions of time and talent to the community in which he/she lives.
2021 Honoree: Delena Brockmann

Complete the Shelby Lacy Application

Cradle Roll

Established to support Women’s & Children’s Services at Piedmont Athens Regional, the Cradle Roll provides an opportunity to honor special arrivals at our hospital with a gift to Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation.

Make a gift to honor your newest arrival

The Helene M. Schwartz Foundation Champion Award

The Helene M. Schwartz Foundation Champion Award honors an individual, family, or organization for their service to the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation.
2021 Honoree: Carol and Rob Winthrop

The JW Fanning Humanitarian Award

Recognizes a community member for their commitment and service to Piedmont Athens Regional and the community in which he/she lives.
2021 Honoree: Kathy Hoard

Complete the J.W. Fanning Application

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you. Contact our main office at the number and email below or call a member of our team.

Phone: 706-475-9007
Email: athensfoundation@piedmont.org
Address: 1199 Prince Avenue, Athens, Ga 30606