Even in these difficult economic times, the generosity of Columbus Regional Healthcare employees toward children in the Columbus, Georgia community was at an all-time high on Miracle Friday!
A record-breaking $33,500 was contributed for the Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center. The special fundraising event was held the Columbus Regional Conference Center at The Medical Center.
Our sincere gratitude goes to those who filled the 37 baskets, bid on the baskets, and bought the baked goods and barbeque that contributed to raising the record-breaking amount.
I came to Columbus 18 months ago because I wanted to be a part of that effort which had the unified support of the pediatric and lay community. Now you can be a part of that future too.
On Friday, May 28, Country’s Barbeque co-owner Scott Ressmeyer returns from riding his Harley through the lower 48 (this year with 10 other children’s champions) in support of the Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center. CMN raises funds to support some of the extraordinary work we do here.
You all know of the long standing, regionally recognized care we provide to the smallest and often sickest of our citizens in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Whether born at The Medical Center, sometimes unexpectedly, or transported after birth—often with heroic effort by the NICU team—these tiny infants are surrounded by specialized equipment purchased with CMN funds.
So read about Scott’s Ride for Miracles on his blog and open your hearts and wallets to support what these men are doing to support Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center, to support children, to support our community’s future.
The Columbus Regional Medical Foundation’s 2010 Celebrity Classic raised a record-breaking $315,000 this year.
This tremendous outpouring of community support benefits the John B. Amos Cancer Center.
Supported once again by a dedicated group of corporate sponsors, individual donors and volunteers, this year’s classic included:
Synovus Financial Corp. was the Celebrity Classic’s presenting sponsor.
This year, former Wimbledon champion Stan Smith was featured at the tennis event, and golf trick shot artist Kevin Compare—also known as Divot the Clown—was featured at the golf tournament and junior golf clinic.
What began last year as Scott’s Ride for Miracles has now expanded to include Scott’s Miracle Riders and will once again benefit Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia.
On May 7 at 11:30 a.m., Country’s Barbeque co-owner Scott Ressmeyer and 10 friends will board their Harley Davidson motorcycles at The Medical Center and embark upon a 21-day, 48-state journey to raise awareness and money to help fund cardiac monitors in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Scott will be joined by:
In addition to taking time off from work and funding all personal expenses associated with the ride (including hotels, meals and gasoline), each of Scott’s Miracle Riders is committed to raising at least $2,500 to participate in the more than 9,000-mile trek across the United States.
Providing support for the event include lead sponsor Circle K, event sponsors Country’s Barbeque and Ranger Joe’s, and bike wrap sponsors Medline Industries and Daniel Appliance.
Scott launched the event last year to commemorate his 50th birthday, with the goal of raising $35,000 to purchase a GE Omni Giraffe Bed for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Medical Center.
With the support of his friends, family and a generous community, he exceeded his goal by raising $51,000.
This year, by joining forces with his Miracle Riders, Scott hopes to raise $75,000, which will go toward purchasing cardiac monitors for the PICU.
Originally planned as a one-time trip, Scott said this year’s journey evolved after Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley approached him shortly after his return, saying he wanted to be a part of this year’s event.
The Medical Center Auxiliary recently celebrated its 47th birthday by giving $133,000 of financial gifts to several groups during birthday celebrations at the Columbus Regional Conference Center at The Medical Center earlier this month.
Auxiliary President Ruby Jackson made check presentations to Lance Duke, The Medical Center president and CEO, who received the gifts on behalf of the:
Over the past 47 years, The Medical Center Auxiliary’s financial contributions—which benefit the Columbus, GA community—have exceeded $4.4 million through various fundraising efforts.
The event, sponsored by IHOP, offered customers a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, customers were asked to consider donating to the Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center.
The Columbus-area IHOP (2111 Airport Thruway) raised more than $9,600, the most in the Southeast.
Members of the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey team will serve as dealers, waiters and more at “Snake Eyes,” a casino-themed benefit the team is hosting at the Columbus Civic Center on Tuesday, March 2 at 6.30 p.m.
The evening will be filled with popular casino games, as well as a great silent auction and fantastic prizes.
Cottonmouths players will work for “tips” and will provide entertainment.
Tip chips can be purchased by guests (all of whom must be 18 years old or older).
Admission is $35. For more information, please call (706) 660-6115.
The fight against childhood obesity in Columbus, Georgia was heightened with a $25,000 grant that the Columbus Regional Cooks for Health program received from the Aetna Foundation on January 6.
The program, which includes a curriculum developed by local pediatricians and registered dieticians, will begin in March and offered to Columbus adolescents ages 10–18.
In the future, Columbus Regional will expand its program by developing a cooking education program for both children and their families.
Obesity in Georgia’s children and youth is a significant health problem. Childhood obesity can lead to early onset of serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity’s prevalence has doubled in the past 20 years among children ages 6–11, and more than tripled in adolescents ages 12-19. In Georgia, as many as one-fifth of youth in grades 3–12 are classified as obese.
For more information about the Columbus Regional Cooks for Health program, please call (706) 660-6372.
Approximately 400 runners braved the chill and rain at the 10th Reindeer Run for KIDS in downtown Columbus, Georgia on December 12.
In the past 10 years, the Reindeer Run has raised more than $50,000.
Awards were given to top male and female finalists in each age category, ranging from pre-Kindergarten to eighth grade. Overall race results are also available online.
The Medical Center wishes to thank to all the runners, Country’s Barbecue, and our presenting sponsors:
For more information, please call Jennifer Joyner at (706) 660-6548.