Ray and Lucille Gill’s generosity is well known in Ray County. However, the couple’s philanthropy is now known worldwide as they were recently highlighted in Mayo Clinic’s Mayo Magazine.
The article, which profiles three Mayo benefactors, showcases the Gills and their contributions towards the clinic’s new project in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Village at Mayo, a hospitality house for organ transplant and cancer patients, is currently under construction with a projected grand opening date of Nov. 6. The Gills financially sponsored the construction of the administrative area of the $5 million project.
Tom Davie, executive director of Arizona Transplant House, said Ray Gill showed great interest to be involved in the Village at Mayo.
“Mr. Gill has worked with the development department for years. But when he heard of this, he ultimately became involved and did a sponsorship. He just became enamored with the project,” said Davie.
“We saw the project and knew we needed to be part of it,” Gill said. “It will help people more than we can begin to realize. It’s so exciting.”
Gill became intimately familiar with Mayo Clinic 60 years ago when his brother Wesley was treated at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for a pituitary gland tumor. The treatments saved his life. However, the Gills financial involvement with Mayo started around 15 years ago with what Gill calls “small donations.” Afterwards, the couple was invited to a party hosted by Dr. Victor Trastek, vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Arizona.
“The doctor’s party is how we really got acquainted with Mayo,” he said.
Gill said he hopes to see some of the patients moved in to the Village at Mayo when he returns to Scottsdale, Ariz. later this month for an annual check-up.
Photo: Lucille and Ray Gill, at left, were recently featured in an article in Mayo Magazine. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)