A History of Philanthropy: MPCA and Providence Hospital

Michigan Park Citizens Association 1952

Seated (left to right): Mrs. G.F. Tighe, Mrs. Francis I. Peck, Mrs. Martin J. Kelly, Mrs. Edward Kane. Standing (left to right): J. H. Lauer, Edward Repetti, Edward A. Tesh, Miss Katherine Ruppert, Ernest T. Thomas, and Mrs. Gerald F. Wible. Other members who served on the committee were Mrs. Donald Fraser, M. J. Martufi, Joseph Connolly and Mrs. Jessie Stegill.

The Michigan Park Citizens Association has as long history of philanthropy. In 1952, MPCA formed a special committee to raise funds to help Providence Hospital construct a new facility on Twelfth and Varnum Streets N.E.

Mrs. Edward A. Kane, Secretary of the committee, reported that the fundraising effort had a wonderful response, with about 500 contributions – most of which were $1 to $3 each, but totaling $1,600.00. Donations were solicited door-to-door throughout the Michigan Park neighborhood by committee members.

On December 1, 1952, the Michigan Park Citizens Association presented a check to Sister Mary Celeste, Administrator, Providence Hospital, in the amount of $1,600.10 ($13,967.18 in 2012 dollars) toward the construction of the new hospital building.


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