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A cheering crowd roars as they line the red carpet and watch the show. This annual “Celebrity Party” sounds like perhaps a posh fashion event. When, in fact, it’s so much more.
Since 1988, current and former patients of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital have been encouraged to create art for holiday cards. Ten designs are chosen, and card sponsors underwrite the cost of printing the cards.
This "Celebrity Party" is held each year for the winners. Artists are introduced and walk down the red carpet in the hospital auditorium. As celebrities would, the artists unveil their artwork and sign autographs.
Proceeds from the sale of cards help to fund the Marcia K. Wilcox Scholarship for current or former cancer patients. Since the scholarship’s inception in 1992, the Auxiliary has assisted more than 100 patients with their college expenses. Currently, there are eight ongoing active recipients, and two more were awarded in 2016.
Other products that feature patient artwork are T-shirts, silver charms donated by Casa de Oro Jewelers, and tile ornaments from Aloe Tile Works.
“We love how South Texas has embraced our cards during the holiday season,” said Lizette Saenz, Director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. “It is a win-win situation for everyone.”
The Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Texas Association of Healthcare Volunteers. Its purpose is to promote the general welfare of Driscoll Children's Hospital and to raise funds for the hospital.
The Auxiliary has contributed more than $270,000 to numerous special events and projects, such as the annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion, Children's Miracle Network Telethon, patient and teen scholarships, purchase of toys for the toy room and Driscoll satellite clinics, donation to the Council of Hospital Volunteers for Nursing Scholarships, and special gift items to celebrate "A Patient's Final Day of Chemo."
The Auxiliary donated funds for the renovation of the Emergency Department, renovation of the Carousel Gift Shop, and to purchase eight automated external defibrillators for non-clinical areas in the hospital. If it involves the well-being of the children of South Texas, most likely the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children’s Hospital is involved. And the tradition of the Holiday Cards continues!
Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s 2016 Holiday Cards come in packages of 20 and are on sale for $18 at www.driscollchildrens.org and the hospital’s Carousel Gift Shop.