Thursday, December 14, 2023

Sanderson Farms Charity Donates $1 Million to Children's Hospital

 The University of Mississippi Medical Center issued the following statement. 

 Century Club Charities, host organization of the Sanderson Farms Championship, set a record by donating $1 million from tournament proceeds to benefit Mississippi’s only children’s hospital. It is the 10th consecutive year the tournament’s donation to Children’s of Mississippi has been $1 million or more.  

The donation from proceeds of the state’s only PGA TOUR event to Friends of Children’s Hospital was announced at a news conference today at Children’s of Mississippi’s Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 

Since 2013, the first year Sanderson Farms, now Wayne-Sanderson Farms, was title sponsor of the tournament, more than $17.2 million has been raised for Mississippi charities through the event. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has raised more than $24.5 million for Mississippi charities. 

“Through the efforts of our amazing tournament partners and sponsors, especially our title sponsor, Wayne-Sanderson Farms, as well as the Century Club Charities members, board  and staff; tournament volunteers, the Country Club of Jackson, and the PGA TOUR, the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship  allowed us to once again make a substantial gift to Mississippi charities,” said Century Club Charities President Phillip Carpenter. “We were very excited to host a first-class event, and all the excitement fans have come to expect, and that support allowed us to reach lofty goals when Children’s of Mississippi and other statewide charities are in great need.” 

Children’s of Mississippi, which includes the children’s hospital as well as clinics around the state, cares for nearly 200,000 children a year.  

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at UMMC, thanked Century Club Charities, Friends of Children’s Hospital and Wayne-Sanderson Farms for their continuing support.  

"Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship have proven their commitment to children’s health care yet again,” she said. “The millions of dollars raised through the Sanderson Farms Championship provide invaluable support of world-class health care close to home for Mississippi’s families.” 

Woodward praised the tournament for its connection to Children’s of Mississippi's patients.  

“The Sanderson Farms Championship is an excellent golf tournament that stands on its own merits, but what makes it special is the connection with the children here. You will see during the week of the tournament the players and the PGA Wives Association members over here spending time with the patients and their families. When you’re at the tournament, you see signs featuring Children’s of Mississippi and our patients. All the visitors and spectators and everyone involved really get a sense of what this is all about.”  

Friends of Children’s Hospital Board Chair Kristin Allen thanked Century Club Charities members for their steadfast support.  

"Through this successful fundraiser, the premier event in Mississippi, Century Club Charities has provided immeasurable support to Children’s of Mississippi,” she said. “Over the years, their generosity has helped us fulfill our mission to serve Mississippi’s sick and injured children. On behalf of Mississippi’s youngest patients, thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to improving the health of the state, one child at a time.” 

Dr. Mary Taylor, Suzan B. Thames Chair and professor of pediatrics, said projects such as the Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower, a seven-story children’s hospital expansion opened in 2020, would not have been possible without the Sanderson Farms Championship and Century Club Charities.  

“The Sanderson Farms Championship is a tournament for our whole state, and it means so much to have a facility that can care for the children of this state like they deserve to be cared for. We hold ourselves to the standards of the best children’s hospitals around the country, and we are blessed to have the support of people like you.” 

Bob “Pic” Billingsley, senior vice president and general manager of retail sales for Wayne-Sanderson Farms, applauded the teamwork behind the scenes. 

“For this to happen, it’s like this hospital, it’s like Wayne-Sanderson Farms, it’s like anything else in this life that’s good, it takes good people,” he said. “On behalf of Wayne-Sanderson Farms, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of the sponsors, players, volunteers and fans who made this tournament possible.” 

Steve Jent, executive director of the tournament, thanked the many volunteers and fans who support the Sanderson Farms Championship each year.  

"The continued support of Wayne-Sanderson Farms, our tournament sponsors, Century Club members and our fan base – along with the hard work of our volunteers and staff – have allowed us to create another special year for our charities.” 

The 2024 Sanderson Farms Championship is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 6 at the Country Club of Jackson. 


Anonymous said...

Thank you to the Century Club and Sanderson Farms event. That's a great donation...and one more in a series. Huge help to MS

Anonymous said...

Nice to see a bright spot today.

Anonymous said...

I sure wish the road leading to the hospital could be repaired. It is truly horrible.

Anonymous said...

Good folks all around this.

Anonymous said...

I agree 3:09. The East bound lane has been terrible for years.

Anonymous said...

Aren’t they just donating to the state govt? I mean the children’s hospital is part of UMMC and this hospital is run as a for profit. I can tell you from experience when my 5 yr old had a birth defect correcting surgery that they charge the families every penny and they certainly hounded me with garnishment threats to the verge of bankruptcy. Was back when insurance could point at pre existing and get out of paying. Avoided bankruptcy by changing jobs and cashing out my retirement $. It’s not St Jude for sure. Always been curious where these donations go and if it just pays operating expenses allowing the state to allocate $ elsewhere. I’m pretty jaded from what they did to me when these “we gave to the kids” articles run.

Anonymous said...

9:35, please notify WLBT's investigation team, as what you described has to publicly and transparently investigated.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see some of the profits of the recent price gouging on poultry protein. This won’t make up for the damage caused by importing the flood of illegal labor to work in poultry processing.

Anonymous said...

This is an outstanding event and charitable organization. We need Mississippi businesses to support this tournament by buying hospitality. We need Mississippi business owners, lawyers, doctors, and leaders to join the Century Club Charities organization.

Anonymous said...

@ 4:32

What damage did those Mexicans do the poultry industry? Do you wanna go shovel shit out of a chicken house and these fellas took your job?

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