— Lampasas- The outdated and mid-20th century kitchen of AdventHealth Rollins Brook will soon be brought into the 21st century, but it's only happening because of the generosity of the Lampasas community. The small community hospital, which has been a Lampasas mainstay for more than 80 years, kicked off a fundraising campaign in late April with a goal of raising $25,000 to purchase new, updated kitchen equipment.
As of June 1st, the campaign has received over $56,000 in donated funds, more than double the intended goal, giving campaign workers a clear response from the community, "and the response that was coming was," says Tony Mino, Director of Development and Fundraising for AdventHealth, "we love our hospital."
AdventHealth Rollins Brook Administrator Ashley Underwood says the people's response is nothing new for this community and its support of the hospital. "I know our community and I know how well they come through for things such as this," Underwood says. "So while I'm not surprised, I am delighted," Mino says, reaching out to the people and their love for the hospital led to reaching the financial goal, but he insists that he's not a fundraiser. "I'm a 'friend-raiser' because to make these things work and to continue to get people to say they love the hospital, you're raising friends," Mino says. "And if you raise those friends, they'll be there in time of need."
Artist Vincent Van Gogh once said, "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." AdventHealth Central Texas President and CEO Kevin Roberts says he is honored to have been able to watch the Lampasas community grow and then see it come together with sincere generosity. "I know it's it wasn't effortless. I know it took a lot of work and a lot of door knocking," Roberts says. "But when [the people] believe in something and see that it is worthwhile and it's in their interest as a community, they are willing to invest.
A community coming together to help an almost century-old facility's kitchen enter the 21st century, investing in a hospital that the people of Lampasas both need and want. Mino concurs, saying, "They surely showed up and supported the new kitchen."
"This is the most organic capital campaign we've had since I've been here," Roberts adds. "Organic meaning... People just decided to get together and make something happen."