Mission Hospital Foundation receives a generous transformational gift to
name the hospital’s new Cancer Institute opening in 2019
Judi and Bill Leonard’s charitable donation is the largest gift in
Mission Hospital Foundation’s 23-year history.
Mission Viejo, CA – Judi and Bill Leonard, longstanding members of the Mission Hospital family,
have made a transformational legacy gift to name the hospital’s
new Cancer Institute. Their eight-figure gift will significantly advance
cancer care for the nearly two million people who live in south Orange
County. The new 104,000-square-foot building, to be dedicated the
Judi and Bill Leonard Institute for Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Wellness at Mission Hospital, is currently under construction and will open in 2019.
The Leonard’s first gift to Mission Hospital was in May 1999; through
a direct mail solicitation they donated $100 to support cancer programs
and services. Over the past 15 years, Judi and Bill, and the Leonard Family
Foundation, have made 24 individual gifts, generously supporting multiple
events and campaigns.
“We are humbled and blessed by the engagement of the Leonard family
and the enduring impact they will have on the health and well-being of
our community,” says Tarek Salaway, Chief Executive of Mission Hospital.
“Their generosity will enable Mission Hospital to revolutionize
cancer care to south Orange County and provide a comprehensive level of
care that was previously unavailable in our community.”
Bill served on the Foundation Board of Directors from 2006 to 2014, and
his daughter, Debbie Perez, has served on the board since 2015. The Leonards
instilled the value of philanthropy from a young age in their children,
Chris and Debbie and they continue to live those precious values.
“Judi and Bill Leonard are perfect examples of philanthropy at its
best,” shares Gwen Anderson, Executive Director for Mission Hospital
Foundation. “Philanthropy is such a core part of who they are that
anytime they see a community or individual need, they embrace that need
and make it happen. They give from their hearts.”
“The Leonard’s often give anonymously, without any fanfare
and have asked Mission Hospital to hold the amount of their gift in confidence,”
says Anderson. “It is the largest single gift in the history of
“We are so fortunate to have the community come together, as exemplified
by the Leonard family, with a passionate desire to advance high quality
world-class cancer services at Mission Hospital serving our Orange County
community,” shares Margarita Solazzo, Chair, Mission Hospital Foundation
Board of Directors.
To learn more about the Leonard Cancer Institute, please visit