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Howard Hospital Foundation Announces Second $10,000 Contribution from Local Resident

For Immediate Release
August 31, 2007
Valry Fetrow


Columbia, Maryland – The Howard Hospital Foundation today announced it has received a second $10,000 gift from local resident Shirley M. Bossom in support of pastoral services at HCGH. Bossom’s first $10,000 gift was made as a bequest to the hospital in 2005.

Bossom, whose recent gift was a distribution from her individual retirement account, is committed to supporting her community as well as to encouraging others to give. “Although I didn’t yet qualify to take advantage of it, I want my fellow community members to know about the Pension Protection Act that allows you to make a contribution from your IRA directly to a charitable organization without paying taxes. If you’re 70-and-a-half or older you qualify, but you must make the contribution before the end of 2007,” she explained.

A determination to serve her community comes naturally to Shirley Bossom, a fifth-generation Howard Countian who comes from a long line of trailblazers. Her great grandmother was one of the eight founding members of the Rockland United Methodist Church in Ellicott City and her father was Howard County’s first Deputy Fire Marshall.

Bossom herself was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Cemetery in Ellicott City and its first female president. Bossom’s appreciation of her family’s history extends to the house in which she resides, originally purchased by her grandfather 130 years ago.

Evelyn Bolduc, Chair of the Howard Hospital Foundation, says the foundation is honored to have such generous, community-minded benefactors. "Howard County General Hospital offers state-of-the-art care in a warm, community setting,” says Bolduc. We are especially honored that Shirley continues her family’s legacy of service by helping us provide hope and spiritual support to our patients and their families.” 

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1998 is a 208-bed, not-for-profit, health care provider located in Columbia, Maryland. Serving the community since 1973, the hospital, with a professional staff of more than 700 physicians and allied health professionals representing 67 medical specialties and sub-specialties and a workforce of more than 1,600, has grown into a comprehensive, acute-care medical center that treats a full range of conditions from neonatal care to oncology and outpatient care to critical care

The Howard Hospital Foundation was established in 1992 as a not-for-profit organization charged with the mission of providing philanthropic support for Howard County General Hospital. The Foundation coordinates all philanthropy activities for the hospital and is responsible for managing the endowment. For more information about ways to give and the Pension Protection Act of 2006, call the Howard Hospital Foundation at 410-740-7840.