Carnival Cruise Line will make a $50,000 donation to MUSC Children's Hospital as part of a year-long partnership.
"We are looking forward to the positive impact of this partnership," said MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. "Since becoming a greater part of our business and tourism community this year, Carnival Cruise Lines is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the Charleston area."
Wanda Bazemore, associate director of development at the Children's Hospital, expressed how honored the hospital is to have the partnership. "Through their generosity the child life area at MUSC Children's Hospital will receive $50,000 through items and a monetary donation that will enhance the lives of children that we care for each and every day. The donation of the four Wii mobile stations will allow children who are unable to visit the atrium to have the opportunity to play. They also donated two laptops that the children will be able to use during their stay. We are indeed fortunate to have good corporate community citizens such as Carnival Cruise."
Once a quarter the ship entertainers will come to the Children's Hospital atrium to entertain the patients and families. The past performance included an acrobatic team as well as production show dancers and vocalists. Carnival also brought its ship's towel pals that are shaped like animals as a treat for the children.
Carnival also will be raise funds through a spring fundraiser and through the Cooper River Bridge Run, where for every Carnival slushy served, $1 will be donated to the hospital up to $10,000.