Representatives with SouthGroup Insurance Services presented Friends board members with the proceeds from the 6th Annual SouthGroup Make a Difference 5K on April 15th. Race coordinator Cyndi Tullos was thrilled with the record amount of $30,000 and thanked all the employees for their continual hard work on each race. Each year SouthGroup employees from around the state handle each aspect of the race and donate the proceeds to Friends. To date they have raised more than $145,000 for the child life program at Batson Children’s Hospital. From left are Amanda Sartain, Friends board member; Melanie Schade, Friends project manager; Cyndi Tullos, SouthGroup employee; Angie Barr, SouthGroup employee; Ronnie Tubertini, President of SouthGroup; Jimmy Newquist, SouthGroup employee; John Scarbrough, Friends board member; David Wall, SouthGroup employee and Bruce Leach, Friends board member.
Representatives with Babalu presented Friends board members with a check for $2,500. This is the third year that Babalu has donated 10% of all sales of gift cards during the holiday season to Friends. They have raised more than $12,853.00 for Friends with this holiday promotion. Shown from left: Melanie Schade, project manager for Friends of Children’s Hospital; David Ferris, executive chef; Tara Chez’ Britton, manager; Brenda Hayes-Williams, Friends board member; Bill Latham, owner; Mary Allen Bennett, special events coordinator and Rob Armour, president-elect for Friends of Children’s Hospital.
Representatives with Sanderson Farms, Inc. and Century Club Charities presented the funds raised from the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship to Friends of Children’s Hospital board members and University of Mississippi Medical Center Representatives on Thursday, December 19th in the children’s hospital lobby. The 2013 tournament raised a record $300,000 for Friends! And on top of that donation, two anonymous donors stepped forward, each with a donation of $100,000 to make the grand total donated to Friends more than $500,000! Thank you to everyone who participated in the PGA Tournament and the donors who stepped forward with the generous donations. All funds raised from The Sanderson Farms Championship are earmarked for the new Children’s Heart Center at Batson Children’s Hospital.
John Lang, President of Century Club Charities; Joe Sanderson, Jr., CEO of Sanderson Farms, Inc., and Dr. Jimmy Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at UMC pose with members of the Friends of Children’s Hospital board of directors following the special presentation at Batson Children’s Hospital.
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and several of his staff members stopped by Batson Children’s Hospital on December 19th with sweet treats for the children and a donation for Friends of Children’s Hospital. Staff members donated the proceeds of their holiday party silent auction and funds collected in their office for Friends of Children’s Hospital. More than $1,250 was raised! They also created a Christmas Card to display in the children’s hospital lobby and provided Christmas Cards and candy canes for each child. Thank you Secretary Hosemann and everyone in your office for supporting Friends of Children’s Hospital during the holidays!
Tri-State Truck Center in Jackson made a holiday donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital in the amount of $3,474. Each year their employees vote on a local organization to receive donations collected in the office. The corporate office for Tri-State then matches all donations received. Friends of Children’s Hospital representatives were invited to take part in Tri-State’s annual holiday luncheon and received the check for $3,474. thank you so much to the employees of Tri-State Truck Center for collecting donations and choosing to give them to Friends of Childen’s Hospital. You have definitely help make the holidays brighter for the patients at Batson Children’s Hospital!
Rod Maddox, owner of Tri-State Truck Center (left) and Ricky Allen, Manager for the Jackson office (right) present their check for $3,474 to Melanie Schade.
Patients and their families gathered in the Batson Children’s Hospital Lobby on Tuesday, December 10th for a short program to celebrate the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony at children’s hospital. 2013 CMN Champion John Matthew Davis flipped the giant candy cane switch and lit both Christmas Trees. Ballet Mississippi followed excerpts from The Nutcracker to entertain the crowd. The Chick-Fil-A Santa and Elf Cows made a special appearance to make the holidays a bit brighter for our hospitalized patients. Thank you to David Spurk with Petal Pushers, The UMC Carpentry Shop, The UMC Electrical Shop and UMC Public Affairs for assistance in setting up the decorations around children’s hospital.
The Nutcracker and bunny pause for a photo before the tree-lighting ceremony.
John Matthew Davis sits down after lighting both Christmas Trees.
The Chick-Fil-A Elf Cow stops for a photo in between meeting patients.
Representatives with Sigma Nu Fraternity at Ole Miss presented $25,000 to members of Friends of Children’s Hospital at halftime during the Ole Miss/Missouri game. The donation was made in honor of Mrs. Olivia Manning as a portion of the proceeds raised from the annual Sigma Nu Charity Bowl held at Ole Miss. The 2014 Sigma Nu Charity Bowl is scheduled for March 21st, 2014 and the fraternity plans to again donate a portion of the proceeds to Friends.
Shown from left are: Suzan Thames, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Friends of Children’s Hospital; Sidney Allen Sr., Friends Board Member; Epsilon Xi of Sigma Nu Commander Will Andrews; Charity Bowl chairs Paul DeForest and Patrick McDaniel; pledge JD Maloney; Kristin Allen, Friends Board Member and Sidney Allen Jr., Friends supporter and Epsilon Xi of Sigma Nu alum.
The ESPN Special The Book of Manning premiered at Ole Miss on Friday, September 6th . Archie and Olivia Manning welcomed special guests for the private screening and funds raised were presented to Friends during the Ole Miss-LSU football game. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; Suzan Thames, Friends’ honorary board chairman; Olivia and Archie Manning and Ross Bjork, Ole Miss athletics director.
Jackson Restaurant Week representatives presented Friends of Children’s Hospital board members and hospital staff with a $10,000 check on Wednesday, October 23 in the Batson Children’s Hospital Lobby. Area supporters had the chance to vote for their charity of choice from 10 nominees during Jackson Restaurant Week at any of the 58 participating restaurants. Sponsored by Sysco, Jackson Restaurant Week is celebrating their fourth successful event and staff are already planning for next year! Friends of Children’s Hospital won the inaugural Jackson Restaurant Week in 2011 and we are thrilled to win again! Thank you to all our supporters who dined out and voted for us! Also, many thanks to the participating restaurants and Jackson Restaurant Week Sponsors!