A Family’s Commitment to Giving

Virginia Mason rheumatologist Dr. Erin Bauer learned the importance of philanthropy when she was just a teenager, after her grandfather — who was also a physician — started the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation.

The Bauer Family

Dr. Bauer's grandfather believed philanthropy was pivotal to improving America, and he launched his foundation to cultivate leaders and support community needs. Dr. Bauer's work at Virginia Mason taught her about these needs at Bailey-Boushay House (BBH). This year, she spearheaded a push for the Bauer Foundation to help BBH fund new laundry and shower facilities. More and more BBH clients are homeless, and many of them sleep outside because homeless shelters — and their showers — don't always feel safe. When BBH wanted to help these clients feel clean and dignified, it sought donations to add a second shower and two new washers and dryers.

“My dad and I toured BBH and saw what our help could accomplish,” Dr. Bauer says. “We saw that the staff cares deeply for their clients — the director, Brian Knowles, greeted clients by name.”

When Dr. Bauer reported back at this year's family meeting, the Bauer Foundation made a generous gift to cover part of the project’s cost.

“Bailey-Boushay does so much to serve our community,” Dr. Bauer says. “It's an honor to help them make a difference.”