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!
Megan Mullen, second from left, wife of Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen, presents a $25,000 donation for Friends of Children’s Hospital to, from left, Dr. Ali Dodge-Khatami, professor of pediatric and congenital heart surgery, Terri Gillespie, chief nursing officer for Children’s of Mississippi, Sara Ray, chairman of the board of Friends of Children’s Hospital, Leigh Reeves, president of the board of Friends of Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Jorge Salazar, chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery and co-director of the Children’s Heart Center, Oct. 14.
The Mullens have created the Mullen 36 Family Foundation to benefit 36 different foundations in the state of Mississippi. The first chosen beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital, and the donation will be included in the current campaign to raise $2 million for the Children’s Heart Center at Batson Children’s Hospital.
The winner of the 2013 Patty Peck Honda Civic is Mar y Ann Albin of Madison! As part of Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend, the winner of the Patty Peck Honda Doo Dah Day Blue Car Giveaway was announced following the Color Me Rad 5K. Thank you Patty Peck Honda, ClearChannel Radio and everyone that supported Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend. Mar y Ann Albin and her grandchildren received the car keys following her win from Donna Ransdell and several Patty Peck Honda employees.
Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend, presented by Fondren Renaissance, presented a record donation of $100,000 to Friends following the third annual festival in March. Sweet Potato Queen® Jill Conner Browne led the march through a dizzying array of events in Fondren, including the Color Me Rad 5K, Zippity Doo Dah® Parade,Children’s Character Breakfast at Walker’s, the Sal & Mookie’s Kids Carnival and a special appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales. Thank you to all the sponsors, coordinators and par ticipants for making the weekend a huge success for Batson Children’s Hospital.
Friends of Children’s Hospital will receive a portion of the proceeds from sales of the University of Alabama car tag sold in the state of Mississippi. When you purchase your Alabama car tag for $55 dollars, $44 of that will come directly to Friends of Children’s Hospital. Out-of-state entities are not eligible to receive the funds raised from car tag sales and The University of Alabama chose Friends of Children’s Hospital to receive all the funds. Thank you Alabama fans for supporting Friends of Children’s Hospital!
Representatives with SouthGroup Insurance Services presented the proceeds from the 5th Annual SouthGroup Insurance Make A Difference 5K to Friends board members during the March board of directors meeting. SouthGroup employees annually organize the entire race and handle all aspects. Then they donate all the proceeds to Friends. This $23,000 donation brings their grand total donated since the first 5K to $116,000. What a wonderful donation for the children of Mississippi! Friends of Children’s Hospital is so grateful to be the recipient of these funds. Thank you SouthGroup Insurance Services!
Pictured from left – David Wall, Jimmy Newquist, Cyndi Tullos, Jackie Petrus, Sara Ray and Ronnie Tubertini.
Representatives with Babalu and Table 100 presented Friends board members with a check for $4,253 as the proceeds from a holiday Gift Card campaign at both restaurants. This is the second year Babalu and Table 100 have partnered with Friends of Children’s Hospital for this project. Pictured from left – Sidney Allen, Friends board member; Brenda Hayes-Williams, board member; Bruce Leach, board member; Rob Armour, board member; Tara Chez’ Britton, manager; Bill Latham, owner; Mary Allen Bennett, special events coordinator; Nathan Delaware, manager and David Ferris, executive chef.
With the help of Nickelodeon star SpongeBob SquarePants, BankPlus presented a check for $148,785.40 to Friends of Children’s Hospital, representing the first year’s proceeds from the bank’s Friends of Children’s Hospital CheckCard program.
“On behalf of all the physicians, nurses, staff- and most of all- on behalf of the children who are patients at Batson Children’s Hospital and their families, we say thank you to BankPlus,” said Dr. Rick Barr, Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Batson Children’s Hospital. “Not only for the show of support demonstrated by the Friends of Children’s Hospital Checkcard program, but for the many programs that BankPlus supports every day that benefit children. The funds raised will help our mission of providing the best possible health care to all the children of Mississippi.”
BankPlus introduced the charitable option for consumers in November of 2011, returning proceeds from the Friends CheckCard directly to Friends of Children’s Hospital. The Friends CheckCard program is the first of its kind for both BankPlus and Friends.
“We are proud to partner with Friends of Children’s Hospital on another ongoing fund-raising project and have been pleased with the success of the Friends CheckCard program during the past year,” said Bill Ray, BankPlus President & CEO. “We are asking Mississippians to support Batson Children’s Hospital, our state’s only hospital designed specifically to treat sick and injured children, by purchasing the Friends of Children’s Hospital debit card for only $12 per year, which is donated to Friends.”
After the check presentation, Children’s Hospital patients were able to enjoy a rare public appearance by Nickelodeon star SpongeBob SquarePants. The character made a stop at the Children’s Hospital on his way to the BankPlus Racing Vehicle Extravaganza at the Mississippi Trademart.
Patients and their families gathered in the children’s hospital lobby on Tuesday, December 4th to celebrate the annual Tree-Lighting Celebration. Ballet Mississippi performed excerpts from The Nutcracker for patients and the Chick-Fil-A Santa and Elf Cows stopped by to visit too. This annual celebration kicks off the holiday season at Batson Children’s Hospital and is part of the BankPlus Light-A-Light for Children Project.
As part of their partnership with the BankPlus Light-A-Light Project, Ballet Mississippi promoted the holiday project to area schools. Several schools raised funds for Friends of Children’s Hospital and presented the funds to David Keary, Artistic Director for Ballet Mississippi and Melanie Schade, Program Administrator for Friends following a special performance of The Nutcracker at Thalia Mara Hall for schoolchildren.
Students at Forest Elementary in Scott County raised funds in honor of a classmate. The accelerated classes at Fair Elementary and Louisville Elementary in Louisville competed to see who could raise the most money. David and Melanie spoke to students following the special performances and took several photographs.
Ballet Mississippi raised more than $9,000 for the BankPlus Light-A-Light Project from school donations, gifts from attendees and they matched a portion of what was raised. Friends of Children’s Hospital is eternally grateful to Ballet Mississippi and all the volunteers who work hard each year to further the reach of the project.