Hamon Foundation Donates to Pickens Center

T. Boone Pickens, center, has been meeting with prospective donors during a fundraising campaign for the Pickens Center.
From left, Godwin Dixon, president and CEO of Presbyterian Communities and Services; Serena Connelly, director of philanthropy for the Harold Simmons Foundation; T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital LLC; Lisa K. Simmons, president of the Harold Simmons Foundation; and Kelly Roach, president of Hamon Charitable Foundation. (Photo: Dennis Bowman)

Two high-profile philanthropists with Preston Hollow ties teamed up on Monday when the Hamon Charitable Foundation announced a $2 million donation toward construction of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Dallas.

The donation comes in the middle of a fundraising campaign that aims to secure $38.6 million to begin the first phase of construction by Oct. 8, which would assure a $500,000 challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation. That would take another $2.7 million in the next few weeks.

Pickens himself donated the first $18.4 million for the project, and the Hamon Foundation has contributed another $3.5 million.

Officials said the Pickens Center, which is part of Faith Presbyterian Hospice and will be operated by Presbyterian Communities and Services, will serve about 1,800 patients per year and will be the first standalone hospice center in the city. It is scheduled to open in 2015.

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