Donor challenges region to raise $1M for Sharon Hospital


An anonymous benefactor from the region has made an extraordinary offer to match up to $1 million in philanthropic support for coronavirus (COVID-19) care efforts and ongoing emergency preparedness at Sharon Hospital.

“These remarkable acts of kindness remind us of the region’s strong support for healthcare teams on the frontlines of one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetimes,” said Dr. Mark Hirko, the hospital’s president. “Significant gifts like this strengthen our ability to advance patient care and meet the array of healthcare needs of this region — something that is part of our mission and commitment to all who we serve.”

Now through December 31, every donation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, to invest in technology, supplies and equipment needed to enhance care for those affected by COVID-19 and ensure preparedness for future public health emergencies.

Local philanthropic efforts have been instrumental in Sharon Hospital’s ability to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and respond quickly and meaningfully to neighbors in need. Thanks to the generosity of donors throughout northwest Connecticut and northeastern New York, the challenge has already neared the halfway mark.

“The way we approach COVID-19 may be changing but the pandemic is still impacting our community,” Hirko said. “This unprecedented outbreak has tested us all in ways never before imagined, but it also presents an opportunity for our community to come together and help one another.”

Sharon Hospital is inviting local businesses and individuals to support critical healthcare services in the community and double the impact of their gift through the $1 Million Match-Challenge. To make a gift in support of Sharon Hospital, visit

For more information about how philanthropy can make a difference, please contact the Foundation at (203) 739-7227.

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