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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

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

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.”

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.