(Wilmington, Del., May 11, 2022) — On Thursday, May 12, Nemours Children's Health will once again celebrate Founder's Day to commemorate Alfred I. duPont's philanthropic legacy. In 2021, as Nemours Children's Health launched its new brand and five-year strategic plan, it also established the Alfred I. duPont Campus which is home to multiple entities including Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware, Nemours Estate, the Carillon Tower and more. The duPont Campus Carillon Tower, one of 180 historic U.S. carillons, serves as the final resting place of Alfred I. duPont, his wife, Jessie Ball duPont, and his brother-in-law, Edward Ball. The carillon bells provide a musical interlude daily for campus visitors.
In honor of Founder’s Day, Nemours Estate will host a celebration on May 14 with several of Alfred I. duPont's favorite things including music, provided by Sam Smick, and ice cream, to be offered by Gotta Lotta Gelata food truck. Opening at 10 a.m., guests can also partake in two introductory garden walking tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Mansion will be open, and for the first time since 2019, guests will be able to visit the basement and second floor. Garden shuttle tours will also be offered throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased online or in-person at the Estate.
In addition to the celebration at the Estate, Nemours Children's Health will be honoring Alfred I. duPont's legacy by inviting the community to vote on the new architectural design to place on Mr. duPont’s namesake campus to recognize his commitment to children's health. Voting begins May 12 on Nemours’ Facebook page.
“Founder's Day is always an important day for Nemours associates and serves as a special reminder of how we arrived where we are today. It’s also a day to reflect and reinvigorate our commitment to improving children's health for good," said Gina Altieri, Executive Vice President and Enterprise Chief Communications Officer of Nemours Children’s Health. "This year, we are excited to have a special way to celebrate with the community as Alfred I. duPont is both well-known and beloved for his philanthropic efforts in Delaware. We hope the community is excited to vote on how we will commemorate his legacy here on our campus."
About Nemours Children’s Health
Nemours Children’s Health is one of the nation’s largest multistate pediatric health systems, including two free-standing children's hospitals and a network of nearly 75 primary and specialty care practices across five states. Nemours seeks to transform the health of children by adopting a holistic health model that utilizes innovative, safe, and high-quality care, while also caring for the health of the whole child beyond medicine. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens, KidsHealth.org.
The Nemours Foundation, established through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy, and prevention programs to the children, families and communities it serves.
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