Responding to Tragedy with Charity

The devastating events of June 12, 2016 generated an outpouring of support from more than a thousand individuals from around the globe, along with gifts from many local businesses, organizations and other foundations. Many sent in generous donations in honor of the heroic efforts which saved the lives of 35 people at the Level One Trauma Center that day.

After learning of the tragedy, philanthropic leaders Tom and Joan Kalimanis knew they needed to spring into action. As involved supporters of Orlando Health, they understand the vital role of philanthropy in the ability to provide Level One Trauma services to this community. Through their family foundation, the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, they committed $250,000 to support the Level One Trauma Center and announced that it would be a dollar-for-dollar matching gift.

Others were inspired by their kindness, generating a total gift of $500,000 to support the life-saving efforts of the Level One Trauma Center at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Tom and Joan Kalimanis continue to be one of the driving forces of philanthropy for the Orlando Health Foundation. We remain grateful for their steadfast generosity and the impact of their giving in furthering our mission to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities we serve.