Terry Sloan Thompson Makes Significant Donation to the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital

Recently, The One Hundred's 22nd Annual Bear Gala took place at The Plantation Club. The event benefited the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah. Terry Sloan Thompson was an attendee of this gathering and made a significant donation to the hospital.

The 2017 Bear Gala was The One Hundred's annual marquee event. It highlighted a live and silent auction and seated dinner with entertainment. The successful gathering took place in October of last year.

The Willett Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital in South Carolina and southeast Georgia. Also, the facility provides healthcare services and programs for children.

Also, the hospital features care for physical, occupational, speech, and language therapy.

In 2016, the facility treated over 73,000 children in their outpatient center, emergency department, and admitted over 4,700 into the Children's Hospital.

"It was a privilege to be able to donate to a great cause," says Thompson. "The hospital does so much for thousands of children each year, and every dollar counts. We make sure to donate each year because they make a difference in the community. As a member of the city, we are lucky to have such an important facility within our reach and able to assist many families along the way."

Financial assistance provided through special events like the major annual fundraising Bear Gala raise a significant amount of money. To date, The One Hundred Children's Foundation has raised almost $4 million for the Children's Hospital.

History Of The Hospital

The Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah became founded in January of 1992. It has also identified as the Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center and the George & Marie Backus Children's Hospital.

In 1994, pediatrician, Dr. Edwin C. Shepherd, met with five people to consider forming a support system for the Children's Hospital. The idea behind the hospital was to service and provide healthcare for the children in need throughout the area.

The primary group of five increased to 19. Shortly after that, the official meeting, and election of officers took place.

The One Hundred officially became a charity group. Also, the mission of the organization has grown to promote the health and well-being of children through family advocacy, volunteer work, and financial support.

The One Hundred Children's Foundation's Goal

The purpose of The One Hundred Children's Foundation operates for charitable purposes for the health, education, and well-being of children.

Also, the group concluded that the membership requirements would include an annual $100 donation to the Children's Hospital. Also, each member had to participate in group activities. Their involvement creates awareness and provides financial support to the hospital. Each member played a big part in helping children receive the care they need.

Throughout the years, members have hosted several fundraising events that have provided significant funding for the Children's Hospital. These gatherings helped fund pediatric facility renovation, rehabilitation and provided medical equipment.

The group's efforts have also helped support literacy programs as well as give many volunteer projects at the hospital. The on-going "Reach Out & Read" program is a nationally acknowledged program through which the foundation provides books and monthly events to promote reading.

Long-Lasting Effect On Donors Like Thompson

"The foundation does a great job of hosting galas and being able to organize fundraising opportunities," adds Thompson. "Also, they put on a great night of fun, but also extend the goal and mission of the foundation."

Thompson plans to stay involved with the foundation and their events in the coming years as The Bear Gala has become a permanent item on the family's calendar.

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