BANGOR — The LifeFlight Foundation has received a $1 million gift to establish its first named, endowed fund.

The Cornelia Cogswell Rossi Foundation Medical Equipment Fund will support the purchase of specialized medical equipment used on board LifeFlight of Maine’s airplane, helicopters, and ground support vehicles. The Cornelia Cogswell Rossi Foundation carries on the philanthropic vision of Dr. Joseph and Connie Rossi, a couple with a strong love of Maine, and especially the MDI region, where LifeFlight continues to answer challenging scene calls in Acadia National Park and provides support to MDI Hospital. Last year, LifeFlight crews transported a record number of patients from that region, averaging one to two patient flights a week from Bar Harbor throughout the year.

“We are extremely pleased to honor the Rossis with a significant grant to LifeFlight to care for the people of Maine. The medical staff is prepared to provide critical care no matter when or where it is needed in our vast state,” said Laurie Warren, one of CCRF’s three directors, on a recent visit to the Bangor base. “LifeFlight’s role is more important now than ever before, and we know the Rossis would be proud knowing their legacy lives on, helping to care for those who most need it.”

The grant from the Cornelia Cogswell Rossi Foundation significantly increases LifeFlight’s endowment and provides financial sustainability for the future as LifeFlight of Maine prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2023.

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