TRIBUTE TO THE FANNIE E. RIPPEL FOUNDATION; Congressional Record Vol. 149, No. 176
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)

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                      HON. RODNEY P. FRELINGHUYSEN

                             of new jeresey

                    in the house of representatives

                        Monday, December 8, 2003

  Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Fannie E. 
Rippel Foundation, a New Jersey philanthropic organization which is 
highly esteemed nationally and especially in the Northeast, and that 
will celebrate fifty years of grant making on December 11, 2003.
  During the past five decades the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation has 
awarded grants amounting to more than $113 million and has demonstrated 
its continuing commitment to improving health care in our state and 
  The Rippel Foundation, established under the will of Julius S. 
Rippel, provides funds to aid the aged and women of all ages, to aid 
hospitals and to support institutions involved in heart disease or 
cancer treatment and research.
  In the past, for example, the Foundation has provided and furnished 
funds for the construction of or to aid in the erection of hospitals 
and provided funds for their equipment as well as hospital maintenance.
  The Foundation has also supported humanitarian programs, emphasizing 
ethical issues in medicine, pastoral education, programs in rural 
health, better case and disease management. In particular, the 
Foundation has supported most generously women's health programs for 
elderly women with chronic conditions, academic and educational 
programs for women, and programs that promote better advocacy of 
women's health. The Foundation also stresses what is known as 
``humanistic medicine,'' and advances the importance of belief, 
support, communications and relationships in the healing process.
  Mr. Speaker, there is no doubt that each and every dollar the Fannie 
E. Rippel Foundation gives to a hospital or a medical research facility 
is much appreciated. And, we can all be grateful for the Foundation's 
efforts because of its dedication to helping under-served rural and 
urban populations, and its interest in changing the wellness behavior 
of people through research and preventive care.
  Throughout the years, the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation has earned an 
incredibly positive reputation for the many generous acts of its Board 
of Trustees, Officers and Staff.
  Mr. Speaker, I know that you join me and my colleagues in recognizing 
and honoring the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation for its outstanding 
services to humankind for fifty years, and I ask that you and all our 
colleagues extend sincere best wishes for a successful Rippel 
Foundation Reception on December 11, 2003.