The Beebe Medical Foundation recently received a $15,000 donation from the Delaware Celebration of Jazz, producers of the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival.

This gift was presented to the foundation July 13 by board members Dennis Santangini and Kas Naylor. The gift will be used to help serve oncology patients at Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center.

“We are so thankful for this year’s contribution from the Rehoboth Jazz Festival in addition to their past twelve years of generosity,” said Beebe Medical Foundation’s Vice President of Development Tom Protack.

Thirteen years ago, the Delaware Celebration of Jazz selected the Tunnell Cancer Center as its designated recipient for the festival’s proceeds.

“Years ago, when my wife was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center, and in particular Dr. Peri, provided us with tremendous support and compassion during that difficult time,” said Delaware Celebration of Jazz Board President Santangini. “In an effort to keep this wonderful institution helping people who have been afflicted with the disease, we choose Tunnell Cancer Center as our charitable designation.”

“If not for Denny, I’m not sure we’d still have the Jazz Festival,” Naylor said of Santangini. “His commitment and hard work has helped this annual festival continue to grow and flourish. I can’t event carry a tune in the shower.”