December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
TRIBUTE TO THE FANNIE E. RIPPEL FOUNDATION; Congressional Record Vol. 149, No. 176
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2547] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO THE FANNIE E. RIPPEL FOUNDATION ______ 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 nation. 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. ____________________