Frank P. Pierce Foundation Donates $1 Million To Believe Campaign For Children’s Hospital

Monday, October 16, 2017
From left, Ellie LaPorte, member, Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC; Julie Taylor, chief development officer and president Erlanger Health System Foundations; R. Wayne Peters, director and officer Frank P. Pierce Foundation and managing member, Gearhiser, Peters, et al.; Steve Tarvin, director and president Frank P. Pierce Foundation; Lee Ann Adams, member, Gearhiser, Peters, et al.; Don Mueller, VP and CEO Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
From left, Ellie LaPorte, member, Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC; Julie Taylor, chief development officer and president Erlanger Health System Foundations; R. Wayne Peters, director and officer Frank P. Pierce Foundation and managing member, Gearhiser, Peters, et al.; Steve Tarvin, director and president Frank P. Pierce Foundation; Lee Ann Adams, member, Gearhiser, Peters, et al.; Don Mueller, VP and CEO Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

The Frank P. Pierce Foundation presented a check for $1 million to the Believe Campaign benefiting the new Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Mr. Pierce’s honor. 

Mr. Pierce was a well-known business man who served as mayor to the city of Chickamauga for 24 years and always demonstrated his concern and care for the needs of residents of the tri-state area. 

“Mr. Pierce cared deeply about his employees and his community," said R. Wayne Peters, director and officer of the Frank P. Pierce Foundation and managing member at Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC. "I’m pleased we can present this gift to the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in his honor.  It is an exceptional opportunity to give to an organization that will serve the children and families of the greater Chattanooga and northwest Georgia area, including many families and descendants of past employees who worked for Mr. Pierce.” 

Phase one of the children’s hospital is currently under construction and consists of a 90,000 square-foot outpatient center. Upon completion, the new Children’s Hospital will serve more than one million children in the Chattanooga region, offering 21 pediatric subspecialties affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. 

“Being with Mr. Pierce daily over a 20-year period, I many times witnessed his compassion for those who could not help themselves,” said Steve Tarvin, director and president of the Frank P. Pierce Foundation. “There could not be a more fitting beneficiary of the Frank P. Pierce Foundation than the children’s hospital serving the tri-state area. This gift in his honor would be very pleasing to Mr. Pierce.” 

For more information about the new Children’s Hospital and the Believe Campaign, please visit http://www.webelieve.build.


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