Hoag Receives Largest Gift in Its History with $106 Million from Estate of Audrey Steele Burnand
The transformational gift from the late benefactress’ estate brings her family’s legacy of giving to Hoag to more than $134 million. The unprecedented gift will be used to significantly expand Hoag’s world-class health care research and treatment capabilities.
Hoag has received the largest gift in its 70-year history – $106 million from the estate of philanthropist Audrey Steele Burnand. The major gift from the late benefactress’ estate brings her family’s legacy of giving to Hoag to more than $134 million.
Audrey Steele Burnand, who passed away in 2020, was the daughter of Harry and Grace Steele. Harry Steele founded U.S. Electrical Motors, one of the earliest manufacturers of motors for appliances. With the company’s success, Grace Steele used company stock to establish the Harry and Grace Steele Foundation, which became a philanthropic powerhouse. The Steele family’s unparalleled history of financial giving to Hoag dates to the 1960s, with early contributions directed to cancer and cardiology research and treatment.
“The Steele family’s decades of generosity, continued by the Audrey Steele Burnand estate, have benefited the Orange County community in immeasurable ways,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, PhD, president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation. “Through this remarkable gift, they once again have demonstrated their compassion for everyone who needs outstanding medical care. I can’t think of enough words to properly express how moved all of us at Hoag are by their generosity.”
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