Friends receives record $1.1 million gift from Century Club Charities and The Sanderson Farms Championship!


Joe Sanderson and representatives with Century Club Charities and The Sanderson Farms Championship present the record donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital representatives and special guests.
From left: Steve Jent, Executive Director of The Sanderson Farms Championship; John Lang, President of Century Club Charities; Dr. James Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at UMC; Governor Phil Bryant; Sara Ray, Chairman of the Board for Friends of Children’s Hospital; Mayor Tony Yarbor; Joe Sanderson, CEO of Sanderson Farms, Inc. and Rob Armour, President of the Board for Friends.

More than 1,000 babies and children each year receive life-changing and complex treatment at the Children’s Heart Center at Batson Children’s Hospital.

But current space allocated for such procedures is but a fraction of what’s needed. Ditto for staff, patient beds, and imaging equipment needed to diagnose and treat congenital heart defects, which affect nearly one out of every 100 babies born.

“We’re at a very critical point in the development of the Heart Center,” said Dr. Jorge Salazar, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director of the Children’s Heart Center. Dr. Mary Taylor, chief of the divisions of pediatric critical care and pediatric cardiology, also is co-director.

The continued support and partnership of the PGA TOUR’s 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship and its host organization, the nonprofit Century Club Charities, is bringing the Heart Center closer to a much-needed expansion that could include 20-24 additional beds, new operating rooms, and an all-new specialized imaging center.

Officials with Century Club Charities today presented a $1,102,700 check to the nonprofit Friends of Children’s Hospital, a volunteer organization that toils year-round to raise money for Batson. Century Club Charities’ generous donation comes from a portion of funds generated by the golf tournament held Nov. 3-9 at the Country Club of Jackson.

“Our goal was to get to a million dollars, and we were blessed with a great response from the sponsors and players, and good weather,” said Johnny Lang, president of Century Club Charities.

Profits from PGA TOUR events nationwide raise money for the chosen charity of tournament hosts. Sanderson Farms agreed in 2013 to take over title sponsorship of the local tournament. Century Club Charities, whose mission is to promote the game of golf for charitable benefit, last year presented a total $500,000 in tournament proceeds to Friends for growth of the Children’s Heart Center.

“We are pleased to have a part in the evolution of the Children’s Heart Center, and are excited to see what the future holds for this hospital,” said Joe Sanderson, CEO and chairman of the board of Sanderson Farms. “The primary reason this tournament exists is to raise money for Friends of Children’s Hospital, who in turn helps make Mississippi’s only children’s hospital a health-care destination.”

“This is a spectacular achievement,” said James E. Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs.  “On behalf of UMMC, Children’s of Mississippi and all the future patients who will benefit from an addition to the children’s hospital, our heartfelt thanks go to Joe Sanderson, Friends volunteers, and all the people who had a hand in making this tournament a huge success.”

Currently, the Children’s Heart Center is virtual – not its own brick and mortar – but instead space allocated for heart services at Batson. The heart team has rapidly outgrown that space, and since the center’s creation in 2010, has operated on about 2,000 patients. Other procedures, including heart catheterizations and echocardiograms, bring the number treated to more than 5,000 babies and children.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have the infrastructure for sustainability. We need adequate rooms, ICU beds, operating rooms, and a pediatric imaging center to support the commitment we’ve made,” Salazar said.

“Now is the time to create an infrastructure for sustainability, and to make long-term care of these children a reality,” he said. “The contributions of the Sanderson family and the tournament will go a long way. It’s very timely that they are giving us this wonderful gift toward that mission.”


Joe Sanderson pauses for a photo with “Revere”, the Sanderson Farms Championship Trophy in Batson Children’s Hospital after the check presentation festivities.

Batson and Children’s Heart Center supporters envision a new building to be constructed in the space adjacent to the current children’s hospital building. Among other things, it would house a new lobby and clinical space for the Children’s Heart Center, including surgical suites, a cardiac intensive care unit and an imaging center.  A construction timeline and costs are still in the planning stages.

“Friends of Children’s Hospital is so thankful for the support provided by the Sanderson Farms Championship and Century Club Charities,” said Sara Ray, chairman of the Friends of Children’s Hospital board of directors. “The magnitude of the contribution from the 2014 tournament is overwhelming, and it will enable Friends of Children’s Hospital to fund our commitment to the Children’s Heart Center sooner than planned.”

“Part of the excitement about our affiliation with Friends of Children’s Hospital is that (the Championship) is the largest and only professional sporting event in the state, and we have the only children’s hospital in the state,” Lang said. “We are thrilled with this affiliation.”



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Trustmark awards Friends $7,500

FB Presentation (3)Friends of Children’s Hospital was awarded $7,500 from Trustmark National Bank for placing second during an online voting competition to celebrate Trustmark’s 125 Years of Giving Campaign.  Trustmark hosted a competition on their new Facebook page between charities in each state they have locations.  Supporters clicked “Like” on the charity’s photo to cast their vote and Friends of Children’s Hospital won second place in the state of Mississippi and was awarded $7,500.  Thank you Trustmark and all those who voted for Friends!

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We’ve Moved!

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Friends of Children’s Hospital has moved!

Please save our new contact information and contact us when you want to help support Mississippi’s only children’s hospital!

Friends of Children’s Hospital

3900 Lakeland Drive | Suite 205

Flowood, MS 39232


Telephone number: 601.936.0034


Email address:


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6th Annual SouthGroup 5K Raises Record Amount!

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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.

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Subaru Shared the Love with Friends of Children’s Hospital

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For every new Subaru purchased at Paul Moak Subaru in Jackson between November 21, 2013 and January 2, 2014, Subaru will “Share the Love” and make a $250 donation in the buyer’s name to a chosen charity.  Each year five national charities are selected by Subaru and this year, Paul Moak Subaru was able to choose a sixth local charity to be included.  They chose Friends of Children’s Hospital.  On Wednesday, March 5th, Paul Moak Subaru employees presented a check for $3,000 to Friends representatives.  Subaru has donated more than $25 million to charity through their Share the Love campaign.  Shown from left: Jerry Warfield, general sales manager for Paul Moak Subaru; Paul Moak, owner; Jeanne Scarbrough; John Scarbrough, Friends board member; Sara Ray, chairman of the board of directors; David Spurk, Friends board member and Rob Armour, president-elect of the board of directors.

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Babalu is a great Friend to children’s hospital!

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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.


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Sanderson Farms Championship announces total raised for Friends!

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.

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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.

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Secretary of State’s Office Makes the Holidays Brighter 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!

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Tri-State Trucking makes holiday donation to Friends

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!

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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.

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Tree-Lighting Celebration a Success at Batson Children’s Hospital

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.

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The Nutcracker and bunny pause for a photo before the tree-lighting ceremony.

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John Matthew Davis sits down after lighting both Christmas Trees.

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The Chick-Fil-A Elf Cow stops for a photo in between meeting patients.


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