As the Mary Bridge Board’s first Emeritus Director, Jim served three full terms on the Board in the 1990s, was one of the first Board Chairs, and has remained actively engaged since then. Jim supported his wife, Patty, who chaired the campaign to build the Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center. He is a respected community advocate and led the establishment of the 100% for Kids Charity Care Endowment Fund. Jim and Patty have attended every Festival of Trees since the inaugural event in 1987, and they have worked tirelessly to ensure that seniors and adults with disabilities have a special day at Festival.

Proclamation
WHEREAS, Jim Morton was an original member of the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation Board of Directors and one of the first chairs of the foundation Board; and

WHEREAS, Jim Morton served nine years (three terms) on the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation Board; and

WHEREAS, Jim Morton fully supported his wife, Patty, when she chaired the $15 million campaign to build the Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center which opened in 2005; and

WHEREAS, Jim Morton provided the leadership that established the 100% for Kids Charity Care Endowment Fund. This endowment will continue in perpetuity to benefit children and families who need financial assistance to cover the cost of a child’s care at Mary Bridge and fulfills the mission of Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, to treat every child, regardless of ability to pay for care. Today, there is nearly $8 million for our most vulnerable children; and

WHEREAS, Jim and Patty Morton have attended every Festival of Trees, beginning with the inaugural event in 1987. Patty Morton has been a loyal volunteer for Festival; and

WHEREAS, Jim and Patty Morton have worked tirelessly to ensure that seniors and adults with disabilities have a special tour day at Festival of Trees, and have spent many hours leading the tours and ensuring everyone got a picture with Santa; and

WHEREAS, behind the scenes, Jim Morton has worked tirelessly to support Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and the children it serves. During The Emergency Services Campaign, Jim Morton was able to inspire significant gifts from several prominent donors to help MultiCare raise $30 million to open new Emergency Departments at Mary Bridge Children’s and Tacoma General Hospitals; and

WHEREAS, we, the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation Board of Directors and staff, are eternally grateful for all Jim Morton has done for Mary Bridge and would like to request that Mr. James Morton return to the Board as the very first Emeritus Director! Best part – no meetings required;

Now, therefore, we, the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation Board of Directors, and I, Sara J. Long, Vice President of the Foundations of MultiCare, do proclaim Jim Morton Emeritus Director Extraordinaire on this 17th day of April, 2013.

Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation