SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A Jamesville couple has made Upstate Foundation history by donating the largest monetary gift the organization has ever seen, according to Upstate Medical University officials.
The multi-million-dollar donation will go toward a new hospital complex, expanding its focus to neurosciences — with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia — and general wellness, according to Upstate officials.
Sam and Carol Nappi, of Jamesville, announced the $8 million donation to the foundation at a gala held Friday night.
Sam Nappi is the founder and chairman of Alliance Energy, a group focused on promoting and researching renewable energy, according to its website. Carol Nappi is a member of the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing Advisory Board and is a former psychiatric therapist.
The Nappis are known in the community for donating to local medical research programs, according to the hospital. They also had a hand in the creation of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Services building, the Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower, and created Syracuse University’s Biomedical Stem Cell Laboratory, officials said.
“Sam and Carol Nappi have shown over time through their generous gifts, a love for this community and a desire to improve the health of this community,” Upstate President Danielle Laraque-Arena said. “Their cause is our mission and we are grateful for their support.”
The wellness complex will be known as the Nappi Longevity Institute in honor of the Nappi’s donation. The building, set to be built on the corner of East Adams and Almond streets, is supposed to have eight floors and cover about 360,000 square feet, according to hospital officials.
Construction on the new building is scheduled for early 2018.