Sacramento donors support new neonatal intensive care unit
Bob and Star Pepper demonstrated their deep commitment to the Sacramento region they call home through their charitable investments in Mercy Foundation.
They first connected with Mercy through a friend living with multiple sclerosis, who made them aware of Northern California’s only MS Achievement Center. Their gift match in support of the center helped cement a second three-year grant agreement with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (which provided the seed funding to start the Achievement Center). They have since made a further investment to support additional staffing at the center.
However, their recent commitment of $500,000 to Mercy in support of the campaign to build a new neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy San Juan Medical Center showed special leadership and generosity.
“We were impressed with the heartfelt care of the staff in the San Juan NICU, saving babies -- some of whom weighed just over a pound. In this culture today where many babies are discarded prior to birth, we were astounded by the loving care of the medical team and the fight these tiny babies were putting forth to remain in this world, and we wanted them to have every opportunity to do that,” said Star Pepper, underscoring the reason behind their commitments to Mercy.