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Thank you to our 2024 Honorary Chairs
Don and Joan Parlee

Not only are they long-time supporters of the VIA, Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown Health, and many other community groups, but this is their second time as honorary chairs of the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens. Don and Joan, met at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, and have spent over 60 years supporting each other, their four children and their grandchildren, and their many interests and charities.

Don Parlee worked for 43-years as a board-certified radiologist at Doylestown Hospital. He helped to grow the hospital’s radiology department from one physician to 20 radiologists, was its chief for 25 years, and established its School of Radiologic Technology. He also served in the U.S. Army for two years, receiving a Bronze Star for his time in Vietnam. Don has given back to his profession more broadly through his involvement as president of the Bucks County Medical Society, vice chair of the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and for a decade as a delegate to the American Medical Association.

Joan Parlee taught high school science before focusing on her family and volunteer interests. She helped the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Bucks County in the 1970s, then joined the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown in the early 1990s. She was a president of the VIA and then the Chair of the Doylestown Hospital and the Doylestown Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2016-2022. In recognition of her outstanding character, strong leadership, and spirit of service, Doylestown Health created The Joan Parlee Chairman’s Award in her honor. Joan has also been involved with the Questers, a society devoted to historic preservation, restoration, and education. For her leadership and tireless dedication, Joan was honored with the 2018 Bucks County Women’s History Month Award.

We thank Don and Joan for all they have done for us and for our communities.

How YOU May Also Help

Proceeds from the Designer House support Doylestown Health and the charitable missions of the VIA.

Our 2024 House benefits Doylestown Hospital’s VIA Maternity Center

Each year we choose a Doylestown Health project to receive the majority of the Designer House proceeds. For 2024, we’re returning to our roots. For 100 years, Doylestown Hospital has offered one of the best maternity programs in the region. From the very beginning until this present day, we understood the importance of providing excellent maternity services to our community. This commitment was reinforced in 2013, when the VIA made a historic $1 million pledge to name the VIA Maternity Center and support necessary upgrades within its walls.

Proceeds from the 2024 Bucks County Designer House & Gardens will support the continued clinical and programmatic needs of the VIA Maternity Center as Doylestown Health enters its second century of care. Funds will be used to enhance the patient experience, improve technology throughout the Center, and aid in the delivery of personalized-care for mothers and newborns. Specific priority needs include new patient beds for Labor and Delivery, a state-of-the-art security and alert system for the unit, new, wireless fetal monitors for mothers in labor, and additional capital and infrastructure improvements. The generous support received from the 2024 Designer House will play a significant role in bringing approximately 1,300 babies into the world every year at Doylestown Hospital.

We invite you to help us continue making a difference in our community. Since 1895 the women of the VIA have been dedicated to enhancing the health and welfare of Central Bucks County and surrounding communities. Members of our organization continue our involvement with the nationally-recognized, award-winning Doylestown Health System which we founded in 1923. Additionally, we support those in need, award educational scholarships, donate community-benefitting grants, and much more.

Thank you for supporting our 48th Bucks County Designer House & Gardens. CLICK HERE for Designer Sales pickup information.
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