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The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York offers community members and stakeholders many ways to invest in your community healthcare system, as well as specific programs for donors. Below is a listing of some of the programs the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation administers.

Please download our complete Ways to Give Brochure for full details or please call us directly at 315-785-5785.

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Peter Pan Birthday Club

Peter Pan Birthday Club

The Peter Pan Birthday Club of Children's Miracle Network at Samaritan Medical Center is open to all children and is designed to foster and encourage philanthropy in children. Birthdays are a special time to celebrate and by joining the Peter Pan Birthday Club, your child has the opportunity to impact the life of a sick child. Club members ask birthday party guests to bring a monetary gift to Children's Miracle Network of NNY instead of a present. All of the gifts made through the Peter Pan Birthday Club help meet specific needs of children in Northern New York.

Joining the Peter Pan Birthday Club is easy! Call 315-785-4053 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up and receive a birthday kit which includes: invitation inserts, remittance envelopes, thank you cards, and party favors. After the birthday celebration, you can call to arrange the delivery of the donations and a tour of the hospital. Children can also have their donation matched up to $100 by the Peter Pan Children’s Fund by submitting a simple form after their party!

You can make a child's birthday have even more meaningful by sharing their special day with Children's Miracle Network. The Children's Miracle Network Peter Pan Birthday Club will empower children so that they may feel and experience the joy in giving and to change their corner of their world through the power of philanthropy.

The History of the Peter Pan Children's Fund in America
In 1992, screenwriter of the movie Hook (in which a grown-up Peter Pan has forgotten how to fly), James V. Hart, and his family visited London for the movie's premiere. A visit to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) left a lasting impression on Hart's 10-year-old daughter, Julia, who decided to forgo birthday presents and make a donation to the hospital. It was the first of many birthday celebrations that Julia would have over the next several years and the Birthday Club became the first official program of the Peter Pan Children's Fund in the United States.