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M. D. Anderson Fund-Raising Executive Honored With Regional Achievement Award

M. D. Anderson Fund-Raising Executive Honored With Regional Achievement Award
M. D. Anderson News Release 08/26/02

Patrick Mulvey, vice president for development at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has received the Gerry Gunning Professional Achievement Award from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Rockies and Southwest Region.

The award recognizes a professional fund raiser who exhibits a strong conviction of ethics both personally and professionally, demonstrates leadership within the profession and represents the industry in a professional, respectful manner in the community.

“Pat Mulvey’s contributions to M. D. Anderson and the fund-raising profession have been immeasurable,” says M. D. Anderson President Dr. John Mendelsohn.  “Pat has assembled a superb team of professionals that has accomplished landmark work in raising almost $300 million in private philanthropy to fund cancer research over the last three years.”

A professional fund raiser for 18 years, Mulvey’s career at M. D. Anderson began in 1985, when
M. D. Anderson’s development efforts were securing about 27,000 gifts annually and raising about $12 million.  Today, under Mulvey’s leadership, the development office has secured more than 87,000 gifts to total $100.1 million for the first 10 months of fiscal year 2001-02 - a record fund-raising total for M. D. Anderson.

During Mulvey’s tenure at M. D. Anderson, he led the institution in completing - almost three years ahead of schedule - a seven-year goal of raising $360 million to fund various cancer research initiatives, patient care programs and capital improvement projects.  He also worked with faculty and staff to strengthen M. D. Anderson’s volunteer advisory board to 193 influential business and community leaders from around the world.

“This honor truly has been earned by all the people who make this possible,” Mulvey says.  “I look at myself as the beneficiary of the hard work of the Development Office staff and the volunteers at M. D. Anderson.  The result of all of our efforts every day is to benefit the patient.”

Mulvey graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Houston in 1972 and went on to join its staff in admissions.  Eight years later, he became dean and chief administrative officer of student affairs and subsequently was involved in St. Thomas’ capital campaign for new building construction.  He received a master’s degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake in 1992.

Established in 1967, AHP is an international professional organization dedicated to developing the professionals who encourage charity in North America’s health care systems.  AHP is a not-for-profit organization with more than 3,100 members.  The Rockies and Southwest Region encompasses Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.


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