You Can Make A Difference

Welcome to Newman Regional Health Foundation! Your charitable giving supports healthcare programs and services that positively impact the healthcare of residents of east-central Kansas. Newman Regional Health offers the latest technology, evidence-based medical services, and talented healthcare professionals, because generous benefactors provide the philanthropic resources required to address the healthcare needs of our neighbors throughout the Flint Hills region.

Each year, the Newman Regional Health Foundation conducts a benefit campaign that culminates on a community centered gala.

2019 celebrates the 10th consecutive year that Denim & Diamonds has made a significant contribution to an area of Newman Regional Health and their mission to provide quality healthcare.

The 10th Annual Denim and Diamonds Gala, will be held Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Memorial Union Webb Hall on the campus of Emporia State University.

The proceeds from this year’s event will be designated to the Anesthesiology Department to purchase new GE Avance CS² Anesthesia Machines which will be used to administer more than 1,000 surgical anesthetics per year.

There are many ways that you can participate in the effort, ranging from having a cup of coffee at one of our Dine For Denim & Diamonds participating restaurants, attending the Gala, or making a donation.

To learn more about the 10th Annual Denim & Diamonds events, please click HERE.


Newman Regional Health Foundation was incorporated in 1957 as Newman Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. The Foundation secures, manages and disburses funds to benefit Newman Regional Health and is committed to leveraging philanthropic support to improve the health and wellness of residents of east-central Kansas.


Board of Directors


Chair: Richard Duncan, Owner, Navrat’s Inc.
Vice Chair: Jennifer Browning, Community Volunteer
Secretary/Treasurer: Marilyn Laird, Credit Union of Emporia


Gail Barrett, PharmD, Walmart Pharmacy Manager, Wade’s Ride Organizer
Deidra Baumwart, Beta Sigma Phi Treasurer
Jerry Campbell, Emporia Anesthesia Associates
Don Hill, Kansas State Representative, Pharmacist
Wesley C. Jones, PhD, LCP, LCMFT, Flint Hills Counseling and Consulting Center
Marilyn Laird, Credit Union of Emporia Manager
Bryon Rosine, Wright CPA Group
Ty Wheeler, Managing Attorney, Kansas Legal Services
Jim Williams, Ph.D., ESU Vice President for Student Affairs
Barbara Wry, Community Volunteer

Ex Officio:

Robert Wright, NRH CEO
Holly French, NRH CFO


Mike Perigo, M.A.T., CFRE, Director
Phone: 620-343-6800, extension 1921

Kathryn Martin, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 620-343-6800, extension 1920

Donor Bill of Rights
Download a brochure about giving to Newman Regional Health Foundation

Exploring Ways to Give

Sign up for Rewards programs offered by the following merchants and they will donate a portion of your shopping to Newman Regional Health Foundation. Click on the logo below.


You can make a difference! By funding health and wellness services at Newman Regional Health, you are investing in the health and wellness of your neighbors throughout the Flint Hills region. Consider making a sustaining gift $25 through your credit card.

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Your business or organization can underwrite events, projects or initiatives that further your brand and NRH’s mission. Corporate and foundation sponsorships allow us to achieve project and event outcomes while recognizing funding partners that make our work possible.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Newman Regional Health Foundation Director Michael Perigo at (620) 343-6800 extension 1921 or

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Celebrate. Honor. Remember. Your thoughtfulness helps us continue our vision of providing top-rated health and wellness services to our neighbors in east-central Kansas while celebrating those who shine brightly in your life.

Memorial and Honor Gifts are a wonderful way to remember, recognize, and honor someone's life while also helping the hospital. Gifts may be made to commemorate special events such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries or the birth of a child and are the perfect way to show appreciation to a hospital caregiver or doctor who provided excellent care during a hospital visit.

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Thoughtful gift planning can provide important benefits to the donor and to Newman Regional Health. A gift to Newman Regional Health Foundation through a will, life insurance, 401K/403B, or other estate plan provides you and/or your beneficiaries with significant tax benefits and advances the health and wellness programs offered by Newman Regional Health.

The corporate name of the Foundation is “Newman Hospital Regional Health Foundation”. Donors who wish to make a planned gift should so designate the corporate name as the beneficiary.

Interested in making a gift of grain or livestock?

Donors who include the Foundation in an estate plan may be enrolled as members of The Newman Society at their discretion or may choose to join but remain anonymous.

For more information about Gift Planning, please contact Newman Regional Health Foundation Director Michael Perigo at (620) 343-6800 extension 1921 or

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This information is offered for educational purposes only. Newman Regional Health Foundation does provide tax or legal advice. Prospective donors should consult their tax and legal advisors to determine whether the information presented here is appropriate to their tax situation.


Newman Regional Health Foundation accepts gifts to benefit general and operating needs (“where needed most”) and particular Hospital programs, services, and initiatives.

At this time, Newman Regional Health Foundation encourages gifts that support the following priorities:

  • Nuclear Medicine Camera Purchase Fund
  • Hand in Hand Hospice
  • June Bug Cancer Fund
  • Financial Assistance for Screening Mammograms
  • General and Operating Needs



Individuals who provide for the Foundation through an estate plan, trust agreement, or other form of gift planning will be honored as members of The Newman Society. Benefactors may decline membership or may choose to be listed as “Anonymous”. The Newman Society is named for Mr. George Newman, a local businessman who contributed $50,000 through a bequest to substantially fund the construction of what is today Newman Regional Health. The Hospital opened in 1922.


Donors who wish to make a substantial gift to benefit a particular program, service, or lasting initiative of the Hospital may elect to establish a named fund. A minimum gift of $25,000 is required, which may be paid over a period of five years. The funds may be contributed by way of an individual gift, estate gift, corporate gift, foundation grant, or an aggregate of funds given for this purpose. An initial gift of $5,000 is required to initiate the formation of the fund. Please contact Newman Regional Health Foundation Director Michael Perigo at (620) 343-6800 extension 1921 or for more information.


Shop at Dillons and help raise funds for Newman Regional Health Foundation.

Are you a shopper at Dillons? If so, you can choose Newman Regional Health Foundation and Dillons will donate a percentage of your shopping total to the Foundation. You need to have a Dillons Rewards card and create an account at Under your account settings, you can choose a charity. Our charity number is 69271. If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation office at (620) 343-6800 extension 1921 or, or contact Dillons Consumer Communications Department at (800) 576-4377.


The 10th Annual Denim & Diamonds Benefit Gala will take place Friday, August 2. We will be at the Emporia State University’s Memorial Union Webb Hall. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The 9th Annual Denim and Diamonds Benefit

Thank you to our sponsors and benefactors for their support of our 9th Annual Denim & Diamonds Benefit Gala.

Cable One Advertising
The Emporia Gazette
K.Ari's diamonds
KVOE and 96.9
Newman Physicians
The Flint Hill Shopper
UMB Bank
Newman Regional Health Medical Partners
Jay and Linda Vander Velde
Bourbon Cowboy
Central Care
Dr. Michael & Monique Lloyd
Rupp Urology Clinic


  • ACI Boland Architects
  • Chester Press, Inc
  • Clark Carpet & Tile, Inc.
  • Dr. W. Brock & Mary Kretsinger
  • Richard & Sarah Porter
  • Radiology & Nuclear Medicine LLC
  • Reynolds & Anliker Eye Physicians & Surgeons
  • Stormont Vail HealthCare


  • Community National Bank
  • Credit Union of Emporia
  • Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing, LLC
  • ESB Financial
  • Flint Hills Beverage
  • Flint Hills Technical College
  • Scott & Rhonda Gordon
  • Haag Pharmacy
  • Robbie & Don Hill
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition, LLC
  • Holiday Resort
  • John North Ford
  • Kansas Graphics
  • KansasLand Bank
  • Dr. Andy & Annette Legako
  • Lyon County State Bank
  • Norfolk Iron & Metal
  • Presbyterian Manor
  • Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home
  • Sauder Custom Fabrication Inc.
  • Vektek
  • Wendling, Noe, Nelson & Johnson LLC
  • Bob & Shelly Wright


  • Larry & Patricia Bucklinger
  • Dillons Stores Region Corporate Office
  • Dr. James & Jacqueline Glenn
  • Chuck & Margi Grimwood
  • Howard & Eunice Gunkel
  • Hannah Orthodontics
  • Gerald & Sharon Karr
  • Dr. Lynn & Ann Kindred
  • Michelle Malone, DDS
  • Muckenthaler Charitable Family Fund
  • Peterson Laboratory Services
  • Clara Roberts
  • Russell & Sherry Smiley
  • Williams Automotive Inc.

Committee Members

  • Heather Aylward
  • Vicki Brooks
  • Lisa Bullock
  • McKenzie Cinelli
  • Michelle Crump
  • Emily Dieker
  • Lynn Doeden
  • Monica Duncan
  • Sherri Fusaro
  • Dr. Tim Harris
  • Marcia Law
  • Sonja Hodges
  • Brian Jones
  • Melissa Kirchgestner
  • Deanne Korsak
  • Teresa Maley
  • Sharman Murphy
  • Mike Perigo
  • Kari Stookey
  • Jean Tidwell
  • Jessie Wagoner
  • Lindy Whetzel
  • Robert Wright
  • Shelly Wright


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Our Mailing Address

Newman Regional Health Foundation
1201 West 12th Avenue
Emporia, Kansas 66801

Our People

Director: Michael Perigo, M.A.T., CFRE

(620) 343-6800 extension 1921

Administrative Assistant: Kathryn Martin

(620) 343-6800 extension 1920

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Newman Regional Health For Your Whole Life
1201 W 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801
Newman Medical Plaza
1301 W 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801