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TSSA Donates $125,000 to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston

Jan 24, 2012

by Silvia Pendleton, Director of Marketing and Membership

On Monday, January 16, 2012, I had the privilege of accompanying the 2012 TSSA Fundraising Co-Chairs Doug Hunt and David Hunt to make the check presentation to the board of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston.  I had never toured the hospital and hadn’t met any of the people that I’ve been conversing with via email for the better part of a year.  So this opportunity was a real treat for me.

When we arrived, our contact was busy shuttling back and forth between the board meeting, herding a documentary film crew, and greeting us.  In spite of all she had going on, she made us feel welcome and still found the time to give us a tour of the hospital.  Some of you might remember that the hospital in Galveston was forced to shut down in 2008 due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Ike.  So of course, we asked the obvious question and were shown a plaque showing the high water mark – well over sixteen inches! 

Due to privacy issues, we were able to tour only the public areas and some of the special rooms.  We saw the beautiful stained glass window donated by a Shriner and placed in the meditation room.  They also have a “safe” room where the children can go and be assured that nothing scary or painful is going to happen in that room.  This is a play area where needles don’t exist and talk of procedures and medication isn’t allowed.  They also have a great play area with interactive computer screens and other toys which little hands, or sometimes non-existent hands for seriously burned children, can still allow the children much-needed entertainment and pleasure.  We also shared lunch in a cafeteria that easily boasts the best view in town! 

The overall feeling throughout the tour is one of caring.  Everyone on staff seems to go out of their way to ensure that the children, as well as their families, are well cared for.  It’s not a fancy hospital, and it’s not very big, but the work being done there is important and life-altering.

The money collected through the various fundraising activities held last year was forwarded to the hospital in December.  Along with another check that was hand-delivered the day of the presentation, the total donated to-date is $125,247.  We’re still collecting on a few outstanding pledges and those funds will officially be counted toward the 2011 donation since they’re part of Hank Daughtry’s matching donation challenge.

It was very exciting to be able to make such a sizable donation to such a worthy cause.  The fundraising committee, the board, and the staff all felt that this was a momentous occasion and we are all proud of reaching this record-breaking amount.  So it was quite gratifying when the hospital board gave us a standing ovation!

We’ve raised the bar and achieved great things!  I know that the 2012 Fundraising Committee is excited about the possibilities for this year, and with your help we can make it another great year helping the children that need the care and attention offered at this hospital.

If you'd like to discuss ways that you or your company can become more involved in 2012, send me an email or call (888) 259-4902. 

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