50 Stories for 50 Years: Story 38

Lauren Dexter, Special Events & Marketing Manager

Angela Parker – Why I Give

Angela Parker pictured at this year’s Hoosiers Outrun Cancer along with Jon Barada (left), President of the Bloomington Hospital Foundation and Matt Bailey, President of IU Health South Central Region and Bloomington Hospital.

“We all personally know someone that has benefited from or has been touched by the efforts of the Bloomington Hospital Foundation,” Angela Parker recently explained when she sat down with the Foundation to share her reasons for giving. “The Foundation gives us a unique opportunity to influence local healthcare in ways that are both immediate and lasting. Our giving to the Foundation literally impacts our loved ones, our friends, our colleagues and our neighbors. It truly IS local philanthropy at its best.”

Angela appreciates that the Foundation is able to fund important needs of IU Health Bloomington Hospital, but she also treasures some of the initiatives the Foundation is able to support – things like Hospice House, the Olcott Center, Children’s Therapy, Volunteers in Medicine, Meals on Wheels and other local community outreach efforts. “It is well worth your time, money and effort to plug into the many ways you can help others on a local level,” she said. “It’s no secret that the healthcare system is changing, and it has challenges. While we may not have influence on the ‘big picture,’ we can start with the people around us, and the Foundation gives us an avenue to do that.”

One important community-based effort Angela supports is the Foundation’s Hoosiers Outrun Cancer – she has served as Chair of the event for the past four years. Hoosiers Outrun Cancer is the primary funding source of the IU Health Olcott Center.

“I can’t say enough about what the Olcott Center does for those facing the difficulty of a cancer diagnosis – all free of charge,” Angela said. “Lloyd and Joan Olcott were visionary in seeing a need and then creating a way to meet it head-on. I am proud that the Foundation has been able to provide over $3 million through Hoosiers Outrun Cancer to support the Olcott Center’s work over the past 18 years.”

She went on to say that she believes the Olcott Center’s services, along with Hospice House, are two of the community’s most powerful sources of comfort and care during some of life’s most challenging moments. “And by giving through the Foundation, that comfort and care is available to everyone.”

Angela has found a true passion in serving Hoosiers Outrun Cancer. “Over 30 years ago, one of our (former) local judges, John Baker, wrote this quote on an index card and gave it to me: ‘I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know, the ones among you who will be really happy are those that have sought – and found – how to serve.’ (Albert Schweitzer 1875). The Foundation creates opportunities for that kind of service to happen – for all of us.”

Angela is a life-long Bloomington resident. Along with Mike Carmin, she owns and operates CarminParker PC, a premier real estate and business law firm. Angela and husband, Bret, are grateful to be a part of this community that daily commits itself unselfishly to helping others.

“For the past 50 years, the Foundation has been the eyes and ears and the hands and feet for our community – to do things that make a difference. We all want to give in a way that produces results, that positively impacts others, and that promotes the very best we have to offer,” Angela shared. “The legacy of the Foundation will be felt long into the future because it has endowed that future with money that best expresses our care for others and for our community. It will continue to do so long after we are gone.”