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Anthony N. Fusco Sr. Pledges $5 Million to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Largest gift ever to hospital supports expansion project
Left to right: Nemours Board member Richard Christopher; Nemours CEO David Bailey, MD; Anthony Fusco, Sr.; Nemours Board member Jack Porter; duPont Hospital for Children CEO Roy Proujansky, MD; Nemours Fund for Children’s Health Managing Director Lori Counts
When it comes to children and youth, retired Wilmington real estate developer Anthony N. Fusco, Sr. is making dreams come true. He has pledged $5 million to the expansion of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, specifically, the colorful, soaring atrium entrance lobby that will serve as its new welcoming portal. Mr. Fusco’s is the largest gift received by Nemours to date.
As duPont Hospital for Children began planning its facility expansion, some of the most critical advice about what should be included came from the children themselves and their families. The result, to be unveiled in September 2014, is a five-story addition to the existing hospital that will support high tech, family-friendly care in a beautiful and comfortable environment.
The atrium lobby, to be named for Mr. Fusco, will greet visitors in spectacular fashion. It will include a welcome center, an interactive Discovery Zone, a café, the Nemours Safety Store and the auxiliary-run hospital gift shop, The Red Balloon. A performance space in the lobby has been designated for concerts and other forms of entertainment.
Mr. Fusco was born in Italy and arrived in the United States at 2 years of age. A resident of Wilmington since then, he went on to become a highly successful entrepreneur and businessman. Mr. Fusco has generously supported numerous causes and organizations in his home state, including Salesianum School and the Delaware Art Museum.
Wilmington real estate executive and Nemours Board member Richard Christopher, in praising Mr. Fusco’s philanthropy, said: “I first met Tony in the 1970s when he had a business selling ceramic tile in the Prices Corner area [of Wilmington]. He was just starting to get into real estate development at the time. Tony worked hard all his life, from the time of his boyhood, really. He’s earned every bit of his success. It’s a pleasure for those of us who go back several decades with Tony to see him enjoying the fruits of his labor and to witness the joy that giving back to others has brought him.”
Mr. Fusco said he made the extraordinary gift to Nemours in order to have a true impact on generations of children. “It’s been a good life,” he said. “I worked hard for the money I made and now I’m giving back. It’s satisfying to know that I’m leaving a legacy — something of which my grandchildren and great-grandchildren can be proud.”