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License plate to help fund Children's Hospital needs

Joey Benton knows what its like to spend time at the Children’s Hospital when he isn’t feeling well. He also knows the importance of finding money to make things better for other children with cystic fibrosis and the hospital where he receives his care. At the tender age of 5, Joey introduced the MUSC Children’s Hospital license plate Oct. 15 to show his family’s support for an initiative that will directly impact the hospital.
Joey Benton,5, shows his support for the new MUSC Children's Hospital license plate. A cyctic fibrosis patient, he encourages others to support services that patients need when they come to stay at the hospital.

The MUSC Children’s Hospital license plate is available through the SC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) thanks to Volunteer Advisory Committee Chairman John Brisini.
“John has worked tirelessly for two years to gain approval for the plate which will not only benefit our volunteer program, but other clinical programs within the hospital,” said Christine Messick, Children’s Hospital volunteer programs director. “We are thrilled to have this prominent way for people to show their support for the Children’s Hospital, and that the proceeds will have a direct impact on patient care and services.”
Sometimes people can be skeptical about donating money to organizations when they are unsure how much of that money will actually go to the cause. Of the $50 required to purchase the plate, $42 goes straight to the Children’s Hospital. Supporters can donate each year when they renew the use of the license plate along with their vehicle registration. For an application, go to Simply complete form MV-95 and send with a check for $50 to the DMV.
“As a member of the Children’s Hospital Volunteer Advisory Committee, John wanted to make sure the money goes where it is needed in the hospital. The funds collected will be controlled by the Advisory Committee and distributed to areas of the hospital in the greatest need through a grant application process,” said John Sanders, Children’s Hospital administrator.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

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