Portland Philanthropist Howard Hedinger Awarded Providence Child Center’s 2011 “Heart Of Gold”

February 15, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland philanthropist Howard Hedinger has a playful soul.  Some say he is a child at heart. As head of the Hedinger Family Foundation, he is deeply committed to the health and welfare of children and animals. These attributes, and his generous nature, are just a few of the qualities that earned Hedinger Providence Child Center Foundation’s 2011 Heart of Gold Award. The ceremony and dinner was held on Thursday, Feb. 10, at Providence Portland Medical Center. More than 300 people attended the event, coming from as far away as San Francisco, the Napa Valley and Calgary, Canada.

“Howard is a treasured friend of Providence Child Center, and has a long history of community support. He really has made an incredible difference in improving the lives of medically fragile children,” said Pat Budo, center administrator. “He truly has a heart of gold,”         
Hedinger’s contributions to the child center over the years have helped build a spacious multipurpose room for the children, fund physical therapy equipment, and establish an innovative augmentative and alternative communication clinic. Proceeds from the 2011 Heart of Gold event will be dedicated to the recreational therapy program at Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children, enabling the 58 children, all with complex medical needs, to participate in field trips, special events and community activities. The recreational therapy program is funded entirely through community support.   
Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children is the only 24-hour pediatric skilled nursing facility in the Northwest dedicated to children with profound disabilities and complex medical needs. The center provides long-term chronic care, short-term respite care and other services.      
For more information about the Providence Child Center Foundation, call 503-215-2406.