Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Not about myself, for once. This is about my sister, Mary Ann Shaw. She is the Chairman of the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital Capital Campaign. She led the effort to raise $21.5 million to build a new children's hospital in Syracuse, New York. The hospital is named for its major donor, Tom Golisano, who contributed $6 million. The hospital is unique in its design. It's part of the Upstate Medical University and perches like a treehouse overlooking downtown Syracuse. There are 71 private rooms and the rooms are large enough for family members to spend the night. There are performance centers for visiting arts groups, a cafe, chapel, solarium, and outdoor porch. There is an art gallery for showcasing rotating shows from local artists, a family resource center, playhouses for toddlers and older children.

This is a short video that was prepared for the 8,000 donors who supported this effort. I hope you take the time to watch this, as it is truly inspiring. I am so very proud to say that Mary Ann is my sister.


Twila Grace said...

Hi Cathy, I watched the video--what a great facility your sister was part of creating. I like the tree house. I just received my Quilting Arts magazine and wanted to say a great big CONGRATULATIONS on your published article. And, I am fortunate to be the proud owner of the piece you donated to SAQA auction, Ventanas 17.

Cathy Kleeman said...

Thanks, Twila. And I'm delighted that you are the new owner of my SAQA piece.