Easton couple’s $1 million gift to St. Luke’s will fund patient care and medical education

Easton residents Anthony (Tony) and Adrienne DaRe have pledged $1 million to St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) to help fund the construction of the Women & Babies Tower at St. Luke’s Allentown and establish an endowment for scholarships to the Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine.

“We are making this personal investment to ensure that St. Luke’s is able to provide world class health care to our community for another 150 years,” said the couple.

This year, St. Luke’s is celebrating its 150th anniversary of serving the health needs of the region, which began with the founding of the St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill.

Half of the gift from the DaRes will support the expansion of community access to high-quality birthing, post-partum and newborn services, including neonatal intensive care at St. Luke’s Allentown. Ground was broken in November to begin construction of the 85,000-square-foot tower that will house these services. Completion of the project is expected in early 2024.

Two of the couple’s children were born at St. Luke’s, and their daughter, Adele, received critical, compassionate care at St. Luke’s for a significant medical emergency when she was only 3 years old.

The remaining $500,000 will create scholarships for students at Temple/St. Luke’s Medical School, which remains the region’s first and only medical school. Temple/St. Luke’s graduates 40 new physicians each year, many of whom remain local to take care of patients in the community.

The medical school awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships annually to help offset the high cost of medical education.

The DaRe family’s connection to St. Luke’s dates back more than a century.

“St. Luke’s has cared for loved ones over the last four generations,” the couple said.

“My family settled in the city of Allentown over 100 years ago,” explained Tony DaRe. “Having the ability to support the critical care that St. Luke’s is committed to providing residents via the Allentown and Sacred Heart campuses fills us with pride.” He is a member of the board of trustees for St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus.

DaRe also serves as chief executive officer at BSI Corporate Benefits, a nationwide employee health benefits organization based in Bethlehem. BSI has sent over 100 clients through St. Luke’s ExecuHealth Program, which offers participants a focused, evidence-based picture of their overall health and well-being in one day.