License plate to help fund Children’s Hospital clinical needs

Heather Woolwine

Oct. 15, 2008

License plate to help fund Children’s Hospital clinical needs

South Carolinians can directly impact programs and clinics

CHARLESTON -- 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 five, 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.

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.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 11,000 employees, including 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.6 billion. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit or