“Then we join the powers that cleanse and build; and though man cannot here be perfectly cleansed or his building last beyond his season, it is something to have labored for the betterment of life.”
Sherman Goodwin, MD
c. 1855, Victoria, Texas

Texas Surgical Society Centennial Campaign

The Texas Surgical Society Centennial Campaign supports an endowed fund that has been established to help ensure the long-term vitality of the Society and the ongoing education of its members. Income generated by the fund will help underwrite the cost of the Society’s semi-annual meetings and other important priorities.

The goal of the Centennial Fund Campaign is to have 100% participation and to raise $3,000,000. All donors will be recognized in the Society’s newsletter, on the website, and at future meetings.

As of March 31, 2015, 118 members (21%) and other donors have contributed or pledged approximately $530,000. Gifts of all sizes are important and indicate unanimity of support for the Society’s mission and values. View Centennial Campaign Contributors as of March 31, 2015.

Giving Levels

$25,000+ James E. Thompson, M.D., Society Member
$10,000 – $24,999 Centennial Fund Leadership Circle
$5,000 – $9,999 Patron
$2,015 – $4,999 Supporter
Up to $2,014 Friend

Donate Online

To donate securely online using a credit card, please click the “Donate” button below. You will be taken to the PayPal web site to complete your transaction.
Note: You do NOT have to have a PayPal account in order to use PayPal to donate funds.




Other Donation Methods

For all other methods of payment or pledges, please return the Centennial Campaign Response Form to Ross Reagan, M.D. via mail or email. You are welcome to make a pledge today and pay your gift over time, up to five years. You can also give appreciated stock or make a gift from your estate, both of which provide tax benefits. Email Ross Reagan, M.D. (rbreagan@grandecom.net) for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Fund?
The Texas Surgical Society Centennial Fund is an endowed fund that was established to help ensure the long-term vitality of the Society and the ongoing education of its members. The purpose of the fund is to help underwrite the cost of the Society’s semi-annual meetings and to fund other priorities.

How much are we trying to raise?
The goal of the campaign is to have 100% participation and to raise $3,000,000.

Why does the TSS need so much money?
Even with the dues increase in 2013, the TSS continues to operate without a financial cushion. Meetings are the biggest expense; however registration income only covers about 75% of the actual cost of the meetings. We rely on dues and industry grants to cover the balance, which is usually $50,000 – $60,000.

The Centennial Fund is an endowment; therefore the TSS will spend only the proceeds from the fund, not the corpus. Therefore the fund will support the TSS in perpetuity. Once fully funded, the endowment will generate approximately $150,000 annually.

What about the Speaker’s Fund?
The Speaker’s Fund has been tremendously helpful to the Society; however, the cost of audiovisual equipment rental, refreshments, CME accreditation, and printing are also significant. Last year our meeting expenses were almost twice the amount received in dues.

Why can’t we solicit industry vendors to cover these expenses?
Gifts from various vendors have helped in recent years; however, we depend on TSS members who are willing to seek out these contributions. In addition, the amount of money available from these sources varies significantly from year-to-year. In addition, some members feel that these gifts grants “commercialize” TSS meetings and that such commercialization is against the founding principles of the TSS.

I am retired and on a fixed budget. Am I still expected to make a contribution?
Our goal is 100% participation. We hope that you will give whatever amount fits within your financial means. Gifts of all sizes are important and indicate unanimity of support for the TSS’ mission and values.

How do I make a gift?
Credit card payments are accepted via the PayPal link above and at TSS meetings. The full amount you enter will be billed to your credit card immediately.

For all other methods of payment or pledges, please return the Centennial Campaign Response Form to Ross Reagan, M.D. via mail or email. You are welcome to make a pledge today and pay your gift over time, up to five years. You can also give appreciated stock or make a gift from your estate, both of which provide tax benefits. Email Ross Reagan, M.D. (rbreagan@grandecom.net) for additional information.

What if I still have questions?
You can learn more at the semi-annual meeting in April or can contact one of the Campaign Committee members:
Charles Fraser, M.D. (cdfraser@texaschildrens.org)
Charles McCollum, M.D. (mccollum@bcm.edu)
Jack Walzel, M.D. (jackwalzel@icloud.com)
Ross Reagan, M.D. (rbreagan@grandecom.net)
Doug (Curly) Robinson, M.D. (drobinson12@satx.rr.com)
Dr. Mark Sherrod (marks@capitolsurgeons.com)
Beth Sutton, M.D. (bsutton@suttonmercer.com)
Mellick Sykes, M.D. (msykes@pvasatx.com)
Shelton Viney, M.D.(sheltonviney@aol.com)
Dr. Pat Walker (jpatrickwalker@rocketmail.com)
Jack Walzel, M.D. (jackwalzel@icloud.com)

We welcome your suggestions regarding hospitals, corporations, foundations and others in your community who might be willing to support the campaign. Contact Dr. Chuck Fraser with any ideas you may have.

The Texas Surgical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN #23-7136006). All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.