The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation commits more than $1 million to Children's.

March 02, 2012

Plano residents Christina and Rudy Andrea have a history of giving and volunteering to causes that are dear to them. Christina has been a volunteer at Children’s Medical Center for 15 years. Rudy, an avid cyclist, has participated in a bike ride that benefits the hospital for the past four years.

The Andreas, through their family foundation, The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation (TAFF), recently committed $750,000 to support the continued growth of the Sports Medicine Center at the Legacy campus in Plano. Their most recent gift brings the Andreas cumulative donations to more than $1 million.

“The Sports Medicine Center at Children’s at Legacy was designed to meet the unique health care needs of the pediatric athlete,” said Dr. Philip Wilson, director of the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at UT Southwestern. “The mission of our center is excellence in patient care, community education and outreach, and advancement in research regarding the young and growing athlete. The generous gift from TAFF was thoughtfully directed to further each of these goals.”

TAFF’s donation will be used to add a second digital radiology suite to the Legacy Ambulatory Care Pavilion, to develop a sports injury prevention program and to improve coordination of care between teams at Children’s multiple campuses. 

“The personal time spent by Rudy and Christina to align foundation values with Children’s sports medicine programmatic needs was a rewarding process,” said Wilson. “The sports medicine team is extremely appreciative and excited about the growth made possible by this pledge of support.”

Christina and Rudy have been supporters of Children’s since 2000. When the hospital decided to expand its services to the Collin County area, they were part of the founding family of donors and became an integral part of the development of the Plano campus, which opened its doors in 2008.

“The Legacy community is growing in leaps and bounds,” said Mr. Andrea. “We really felt that there was a tremendous need to have a hospital in North Dallas. To bring a child with a serious injury all the way to downtown Dallas could take up to 40 minutes, which could be the difference between life and death. You never know how invaluable Children’s at Legacy is until you need it.”

Children’s at Legacy extends the world-class service of our health care system to the growing number of families north of Dallas and beyond. The Plano campus serves children through more than 100,000 patient visits each year, with a focus on family-centered care. In addition, the Legacy Ambulatory Pavilion offers the largest suburban group of pediatric specialists in the nation.

About The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation

The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation is a designated nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in March 2000 and since that time has given millions to various charities both locally and nationally. It is a private family foundation that was started by Christina Mennen Andrea to create a legacy for their children to teach the importance of giving back. It has become the benchmark for others to give in the community. Her love for children and her beliefs that all children should have the opportunity to make a difference in life were her driving forces. She realized that the children are our future and wanted to support charitable programs locally and across the country that focused on the needs of children. Her efforts, along with her husband and their financial resources, made her dream a reality.