Westport couple donates $1M to Norwalk Hospital
Updated 1:36 pm, Friday, September 25, 2015
The lobby of Norwalk Hospital has been named in tribute to a Westport couple who made a $1 million donation to the institution.
Christian Trefz, vice chairman of the Trefz Corp. and owner of a number of McDonald’s restaurants in the said, said in a statement released by the hospital: "With this gift to Norwalk Hospital, we are contributing to the well-being of our neighbors and ensuring that they feel welcome as soon as they step through the hospital's doors."
The new lobby features an atrium with seating and patient registration area for the hospital, which is expected to serve more than 65,000 outpatients annually.
Christian Trefz, a member of the Norwalk Hospital Foundation board of directors, has also received the McDonald’s Golden Arch Award, which recognizes community involvement and business achievement. He and his brother Ernest Trefz opened their first McDonald's restaurant in Waterbury in 1964.
"We greatly appreciate Chris and Eva's gift, which will help Norwalk Hospital continue to meet Fairfield County's growing need for superior outpatient care," Michael Daglio, president of Norwalk Hospital, said in the press release. "Our hospital and community will greatly benefit from their generosity."