UNION COUNTY — The children being treated at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville got a very special gift shortly before Christmas from the Union County Shrine Club.
Club Trustee Julian Ivey announced Friday that during its Christmas party on Dec. 14, the Union County Shrine Club made a donation of $20,000 to the Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children.
Ivey said the club was able to raise and donate these funds after winning a contest sponsored by Upper South Carolina Shrine Temple in Mauldin. The prize was a 2000 Mustang convertible which Ivey said the club then placed for sale on eBay. He said the car was purchased for $23,000.
The funds raised from the sale of the car were then divided with $20,000 being donated by the club to the Shriners Hospital for Children; $2,000 going to the Shrine Bowl Game; and $1,000 to the Mauldin Temple.
“We are real, real happy, we are thrilled, really thrilled with this,” Ivey said. “That’s the largest donation ever made by the Union County Shrine Club to the hospital. This donation was made possible by the concern and generosity of many people to whom we owe many thanks.”
According to its website, the Shriners Hospital in Greenville, is “a 50-bed pediatric orthopaedic hospital. Our family-centered approach to care is designed to support the whole family during the acute and reconstructive phases of a child’s injury. Located in Greenville, S.C., our hospital treats children from all over the country and around the world, and has unique relationships with some of the top hospitals and universities in the world.”
It also states that the mission of the hospital is to:
• Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
• Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
• Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.
It further states that the hospital carries out its mission “without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.”
The vision of the hospital is to “become the best at transforming children’s lives by providing exceptional healthcare through innovative research, in a patient and family centered environment.”
Ivey pointed out that the children receiving this treatment includes children from Union County. He added that it is the goal of the shriners of the Union County Shrine Club — and their fellow Shriners throughout Upper South Carolina — to support the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville and its mission.
“There are 38 children from Union County being treated at the hospital,” Ivey said. “There are 53 members in the Union County Shrine Club and all that we do as a club we do for the Shriners Hospital in Greenville.”