NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Iroquois Steeplechase recently made its annual contribution to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with proceeds raised through the past year’s celebration of the event’s 75th anniversary.
Members of the Steeplechase staff -- Executive Director Libby Cheek, Director of Sponsorship & Business Development GeorgeAnn Dingus, and Account Administration Specialist Jenny Streams -- presented a check for $144,764 to Dr. Meg Rush, former Honorary Chair of the Iroquois Steeplechase and Chief of Staff and Executive Medical Director at Children's Hospital, and Beth Moore, Director of Community Development at Children's Hospital, in front of the hospital’s butterfly wall.
“Due to the Iroquois Steeplechase’s ongoing enthusiastic support of Children’s Hospital, our long-standing relationship with them continues to flourish,” Rush said. “We so appreciate this partnership and look forward to it continuing for many years to come.”
The Iroquois Steeplechase, run by the nonprofit 501c3 organization the Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation, has raised more than $10 million in support of Children’s Hospital since it was designated the event’s primary beneficiary in 1981. The partnership -- which was ignited by a strong relationship between members of the hospital’s Board of Directors and the Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation -- continues 35 years later as a crucial aspect of the Iroquois Steeplechase, and its annual donation serves to advance research efforts, support endowments and promote the work of Children’s Hospital.
Along with the monetary contribution, the Iroquois Steeplechase staff also donated several stick horses provided by Phillips Toy Mart to the hospital for its patients, toys that are symbolic of the close relationship between the two organizations. A favorite tradition at Iroquois Steeplechase is the annual Michael Stanley Stick Horse Race, named for a former patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Honorary Child Ambassador for the event, in which children of all ages participate for a chance to win a gift card from Phillips Toy Mart.
Always held the second Saturday in May, the 2017 Iroquois Steeplechase will be May 13 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Information about pre-race events, sponsorships and tickets are available online at www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.
MORE ABOUT THE IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE
This iconic sporting event has been Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941, attracting more than 25,000 spectators to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles on a three-mile turf track. Held the second Saturday of each May at Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is Music City’s annual celebration of time-honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and Southern fashions.
Those who attend enjoy areas for families, well-appointed tents and individually organized tailgates where the emphasis is on race day pickings, larger-than-life hats, specialty drinks by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and crowd-pleasing recipes. More importantly, guests support a cause at the heart of the event: Since being designated as the official charity in 1981, Iroquois Steeplechase has raised more than $10 million in support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. For more information, go to www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.
MORE ABOUT MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILT
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is a nationally recognized provider of pediatric health care services, currently with ten specialty programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine in its Best Children’s Hospitals issue. The hospital is also ranked 13th in the nation by Parents magazine.
With more than 400 physicians trained in 30 pediatric and surgical specialties, the 267–bed facility provides the highest level of pediatric health care services and is also a top-tier teaching and research facility.
The hospital features Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders, and also offers comprehensive services for other childhood diseases such as cancer, organ and bone marrow transplants, Level 1 pediatric trauma, sickle cell disease, developmental disorders and is home to a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, the highest designated level of neonatal care.
Children’s Hospital opened in 2004, expanded its physical space in 2012, and is readying for additional growth that will add four floors and 160,000 total sq. ft. through its “Growing to New Heights” campaign. The new expansion will help advance the size and scope of the hospital’s mission.