THE IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE DONATES PROCEEDS TO MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILT
A donation of $120,000 of the proceeds from the 2019 Iroquois Steeplechase
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Iroquois Steeplechase presented Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with a donation of $120,000 on behalf of the proceeds of the 2019 race meet at Percy Warner Park. More than $10 million has been donated to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt over a 38-year partnership.
“We are incredibly grateful for the nearly four-decade long relationship with the Volunteer Horseman Foundation and the Iroquois Steeplechase,” said Meg Rush, MD, interim President of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. “Over these many years, the support of these organizations has enabled us to build new floors, underwrite research initiatives and start or grow programs. This most recent gift to our Campaign Against Childhood Cancer will help develop space and programming for specialized care of children and adolescents with cancer. We are excited and thankful to have the Iroquois Steeplechase as our partner in all that we do.”
In addition to the hospital’s Soaring Higher, Dreaming Bigger: A Campaign Against Childhood Cancer, the Iroquois Steeplechase has also supported the current four-floor expansion, which will add 160,000 square feet of space to fulfill current and future health care needs of children from Tennessee and surrounding states. Throughout the years, the Iroquois Steeplechase has also supported Children’s Hospital’s community-based preventative health education and wellness programs. These programs targeted leading health issues affecting children such as obesity, early childhood development, school health and safety.
“Iroquois Steeplechase is a proud benefactor of the Children’s Hospital,” said Dwight Hall, Chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee. “To see the growth and the extensive impact that Children’s Hospital has had throughout the region energizes us to put on a successful event to assist in their efforts.”
About The Iroquois Steeplechase
The Iroquois Steeplechase is an iconic sporting event that has been Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941. Held the second Saturday of each May at Percy Warner Park, the annual event attracts more than 25,000 spectators and is Music City’s celebration of time-honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and southern fashions. The event also supports several philanthropic causes and has donated more than $10 million to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt since 1981. To learn more about Steeplechase, visit www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.
About Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, treating and helping to prevent a full range of pediatric health issues from colds and broken bones to complex heart diseases and cancer. The Department of Pediatrics within the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is currently ranked third in the nation in the total receipt of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Children’s Hospital’s physicians are nationally recognized innovators in their fields who are discovering new ways to cure and prevent a host of childhood diseases. Their work is preventing and finding new treatments for diseases such as premature birth, cancer, heart disease, spina bifida, trauma and many other conditions, and is an investment in the future. Achieving 10 out of 10 nationally ranked pediatric specialties in 2019, Children’s Hospital was again named among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for the 13th consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization, opened in 2004, expanded its physical space in 2012, and is currently adding four new floors and 160,000 total sq. ft. The new expansion will help advance the size and scope of the hospital’s mission. To learn more, visit https://www.childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org.