Dec 102012


Melissa Spain, CEO of the Greater Greenville Community Foundation, presents the 2012 Legacy Award to Dr. Mary Raab with the foundations’ board of trustees, from left, Walter Bolden, Bill Taft, Jim Lanier, Dr. Mont Wooten, Rebecca Blount, Charlene Silver, Dr. Marcus Albernaz, Leigh Fanning, Kirk Dominick, and George Saad. Contributed photo


Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Greater Greenville Community Foundation recently recognized a local physician for her philanthropy and service.

Dr. Mary Raab received the foundation’s Legacy Award on Dec. 1 at the Rock Springs Center for her contributions and achievements in Greenville, Pitt County and eastern North Carolina.

“This was such an extraordinary year for us because Mary Raab has without a doubt touched thousands of lives with her strong passion for people, family and every cancer patient she has ever treated in her lifelong career,” Melissa Spain, chief executive officer of the foundation, said. “It was one of the greatest joys of my career to have the honor of interviewing many of Mary’s family members, as well as her medical associates from both Vidant Health and the East Carolina University School of Medicine.”

The event included a documentary of Raab’s life and the presentation of a donation by the chiefs of staff at Vidant Health to the foundation’s Founder’s Fund in her honor.

Raab, a cancer survivor, specializes in hematology oncology and became a founding faculty member of the East Carolina University medical school’s oncology section. She also worked to help establish the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center in Greenville and has traveled to treat cancer patients throughout eastern North Carolina.

She has served as chief of medical staff, assistant director of admissions at the medical school, and medical director of hematology and oncology clinical services at the medical school, and works with ECU Physicians.

The foundation presents its Legacy Award every two years, Spain said.

“This event has become the most anticipated and celebrated event that we have ever done, and each gala gives us a wonderful opportunity to showcase the powerful philanthropic work of the foundation as we work for nearly a year to put this gala together in such a powerful format,” Spain said.

The foundation is comprised of individuals, families and organizations that have made endowed gifts or have made charitable bequests.

“This is another important reason we have to celebrate philanthropy, because of the generosity and giving spirit of our donors who are truly the ones responsible for enabling us to have the ability to change countless lives through the power of our giving,” Spain said.

Since its conception in 2000, the foundation has grown to more than 60 charitable funds and approximately $20 million in assets. It has donated more than $5 million to more than 250 charities, nonprofit organizations, and colleges and universities in Greenville, Pitt County and throughout the United States.

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