Screen-shot-2013-06-05-at-12.01.25-PMLifelong residents of Grand Rapids, Tom and Mickie Fox credit the community for their success and say they “just want to give something back.” Well-known throughout the Midwest for their family-owned retail jewelry business, the Fox’s enjoy sharing in ways that help others and through philanthropy.

With a vision for the future of West Michigan, the Fox family made it possible for robotic surgery to be available at all area acute-care hospitals, improving local health care that will resonate for generations to come. Spectrum Health, Metro Health, and Saint Mary’s Health Care each received $1 million gifts from the Fox’s to redefine equal access to advanced surgical techniques for all area residents.

The DaVinci Surgical System combines computer and robotic technologies to create a new category of surgical treatment. The system allows cardiac, urological, gynecological, and other types of surgery to be performed with only a few tiny incisions. Surgeons can operate with better visualization, precision, dexterity, and control than is possible using traditional surgical approaches.

The Fox’s belief in the vibrancy of Grand Rapids also led them to a $1 million gift to help the Grand Rapids Community Foundation purchase a home of its own. Moving into the renovated building, formerly an Anheuser-Busch icehouse, saves the foundation approximately $100,000 per year, raises the profile of the GRCF, and brings public awareness to the good it does. Due to this lead gift, the foundation was able to quietly approach a small group of other donors who might also be interested in supporting the move without interfering with other on-going community fundraising efforts. The foundation is now better poised to collaborate with community partners and donors.


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