Allen and Sandra Henry’s Heartfelt Philanthropic Gift Provides $1.3 Million to Health First Foundation

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The Henry’s Generous Planned Donation Benefits Cardiac, Hospice and Nursing Care

Allen S. Henry wasn’t just thinking of giving to a cause that he could see benefit in his lifetime – he had the foresight to make sure his impact carried well into the future. (Health First image)

Made a $1.3 million philanthropic donation through a planned gift arrangement to benefit Brevard’s wellness and health

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Allen S. Henry wasn’t just thinking of giving to a cause that he could see benefit in his lifetime – he had the foresight to make sure his impact carried well into the future.

That’s why the late Brevard County resident and his widow, Sandra, who are well known to the community, made a $1.3 million philanthropic donation through a planned gift arrangement to benefit Brevard’s wellness and health.

Put in place by Allen, who passed away in March 2019, the gift will make a mark in heart care, hospice services and the education of Brevard-based nurses.

“This is one of the largest single gifts ever made to Health First and its fundraising arm, the Health First Foundation,” said Michael Seeley, Foundation President.

“To recognize this special gift, we are proud to name the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in the Heart Center at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in their honor.”

The Henrys have long understood the value of having quality healthcare close to home. Sandra said “there’s a peace of mind that comes from having an estate plan in place, knowing your charitable wishes will be carried out.”

Both Sandra’s and Allen’s parents suffered from cardiac disease, so the cause was dear to the couple.

“Allen had heart problems, too, so he especially wanted to make sure that excellent cardiac care was available locally,” Sandra added.

While the majority of the gift is designated for the Heart Center at Holmes Regional, the Henrys also made arrangements for a generous gift to Hospice of Health First, as well as funding endowed scholarships for Camp Bright Star and Health First nurses seeking advanced nursing degrees.

Camp Bright Star is a Hospice program held twice a year for grieving children.

Camp Bright Star is a Hospice program held twice a year for grieving children.

Originally from Iowa, Allen moved to Brevard to work at Radiation Inc., and then Harris Corporation in 1972.

At Harris, he served in many roles, including Engineering Vice President and General Manager of the Government Communication Systems Division, and President of the Electronic Systems Sector until his retirement in 1996.

Allen served with distinction on the Health First Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009, a position that kept him up to date on community medical needs and cardiac issues.

“We are honored and inspired by the Henrys’ generosity,” said Steve Johnson, Health First President and CEO.

“As a not-for-profit community healthcare system, we depend on community support to help provide the best healthcare possible. We miss Allen’s leadership and his friendship, but his legacy is alive and well at Health First – and will help provide quality care for future generations.”

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