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Generosity wins Carpenter award for Rogue Valley couple

Jed and Celia Meese are the 2008 Carpenter Distinguished Citizen Award recipients, Asante Health System announced recently.

The Meeses are known for their generosity in the Rogue Valley. Together they have raised, and have given, major gifts for a variety of causes, including the Rogue Valley Medical Center rebuild, the Ashland YMCA, Southern Oregon University, Rogue Community College, La Clinica de Valle, Britt festivals, St. Vincent de Paul, the Humane Society of Southern Oregon, the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, and more. They also operate their own private charitable organization, the Jed & Celia Meese Foundation.

The Meeses' donations for the RVMC rebuild project, and most recently a donation to benefit cancer patients, have been instrumental in improving access to advanced health care in southern Oregon. The Meeses' significant contributions benefit Rogue Valley residents now, and will continue to benefit local families for generations to come.

The annual Carpenter Award was started in 1984 in honor of longtime southern Oregon philanthropist and orchardist Alfred S.V. Carpenter, who played a major role in funding the original construction of the new Rogue Valley Memorial Hospital in 1958.

The award recognizes individuals who exemplify health related philanthropic leadership in the Rogue Valley.