Joe and Mary Wilson funded a community benefit endowment.

Mary Washington Hospital Foundation Chairman Joe Wilson and his wife, Mary Wilson, have donated $5 million to establish an endowment for the foundation’s Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund.

It is the largest publicly reported single cash donation by a local family to the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation, and among the largest received by any Fredericksburg-area charity. With the Wilson’s gift, the fund will total $20 million.

“Mary and I are blessed to be able to provide this gift,” Joe Wilson, CEO of PermaTreat Pest Control, said in a news release.

In recognition of the Wilsons’ donation, the fund is being renamed the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund of Mary Washington Hospital Foundation.

“We are very thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Wilson’s commitment to Mary Washington Hospital and the Foundation,” said Xavier Richardson, the foundation’s president. “Their gift will benefit the great work of hundreds of local organizations that significantly impact the health status of tens of thousands area residents.”

The Wilsons have made many significant donations to the foundation over the years. They supported the foundation’s past campaigns for the fund, the Moss Free Clinic and the Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center.

They also supported numerous foundation fundraisers such as the Fredericksburg Polo Classic, Roastin’ at the Rivah Oyster Roast, Fredericksburg Brewhaha and the Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center’s Power of Pink Breast Cancer Walk.

Joe Wilson, a former member of Frederickburg City Council, has played a major role in the development and leadership of the fund since its inception in 1993. As chairman of the Mary Washington Hospital board of directors at that time, he was instrumental in the fund’s formation.

It was created to provide financial resources to local nonprofits that support the organization’s mission, contain and/or reduce the cost of health care in the local community and improve access to quality medical care for the poor and medically underserved populations.

He later chaired the Fund Grants Selection Committee.

Since its founding, the fund has used its income to provide 543 grants totaling more than $15 million to 112 community agencies. In addition, it provided $3.5 million to establish the Stafford Hospital Community Benefit Fund in 2008, which has awarded 70 grants totaling more than $1.4 million to 12 agencies.

The Wilsons have also supported numerous organizations across the state. Last month, they gave $1 million to Virginia Tech for the establishment of an endowment to support urban entomology research. They also established a donor-advised fund at The Community Foundation, and support the Fredericksburg SPCA, Fredericksburg Academy and the Rappahannock United Way.

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Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407