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Band with personal connection donates $10K to children’s hospital

For the progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee, supporting the MUSC Children’s Hospital not only benefits a local charity on their tour stop but supports a place with a personal connection. Both the band manager and the bassist knew firsthand the importance of a state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital...Continue

Posted on Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:31 PM in donor story, nicu

Kate's Candles: How a 9-year-old girl raised $1K - and counting - for pediatric oncology research

I’ve never seen anyone face adversity like she has, and she’s not one to dwell on the negative. There’s a lot to be learned from her.

At 9 years old, Kate McCabe has a business bank account, expertise in the melting point of soy wax and an understanding of why philanthropy matters.

As she carefully arranges glass jars on the counter of her family’s West Ashley kitchen for the next batch of Kate’s Candles for a Cure, she talks about her holiday peppermint candles and her plans to introduce a new summer fragrance. For every $15 candle that she sells, Kate donates half the price – and nearly all her proceeds – to pediatric oncology research at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Posted on Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:05 AM in donor story, hannah, kids helping kids

Special Delivery

Handel and Russell

(left to right): Tyler Russell, 4; Logan Handel, 8; and Madi Russell, 7 present a check to the campaign for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. 

Second-grade classmates Logan Handel and Madi Russell made a special delivery on their way home from school on the last day before winter break.

Logan, 8, and Madi, 7, raised $343.50 for the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Logan asked his friends to consider a donation instead of a gift at his birthday party earlier this month, which Madi attended. And Madi has been selling bracelets that she makes with her Rainbow Loom for the past nine months to collect money.

Madi said her largest contribution came from a friend’s father who paid $50 for a University of Tennessee bracelet. Logan said his parents pitched in a bit after his party.

“Mom, Dad, I know you actually added money,” he said, as he presented his contribution.  

But as Children’s Hospital development director Barbara Rivers explained, “That’s called a matching gift.”

Thank you for your selfless generosity, Logan and Madi!

Posted on Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:48 PM in donor story, kids helping kids, madi

Birthday bash brings Christmas in July

Benefitfocus CEO Shawn Jenkins holds up a birthday gift from Abigail Lee, 4, who recently finished her last round of chemotherapy.

Benefitfocus CEO Shawn Jenkins holds up a birthday gift from Abigail Lee, 4, who recently finished her last round of chemotherapy.

Typically a birthday involves presents, perhaps lots of them. Although that was certainly the case July 27, in the seventh floor atrium of the Children’s Hospital, there was nothing typical about the birthday bash held for Shawn Jenkins, the Charleston businessman who recently donated $25 million to MUSC’s new Children’s Hospital, now named in his honor. For starters, rather than receive presents, Jenkins used the occasion to give them — more than 2,300 toys donated by his company, Benefitfocus.

Jenkins credits his daughter, Olivia, with the idea. “I was talking with my daughter, who volunteers here at the Children’s Hospital,” he said. “She was telling me how a lot of presents usually come in around the holiday season, but during the summer there aren’t as many. So, we sent an email out to all the Benefitfocus associates around the country and around the world asking them to donate toys. That was just two weeks ago, but the response was overwhelming. It was just a spur–of–the–moment idea, but here we are.”

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Posted on Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:55 AM in abigail lee, benefitfocus, donor story, patient story, shawn jenkins

Meet Shawn Jenkins

Shawn Jenkins co-founded Benefitfocus in 2000, just after the dot-com bubble burst. Today the company canvasses 40 acres on Daniel Island.

Shawn Jenkins co-founded Benefitfocus in 2000, just after the dot-com bubble burst. Today the company canvasses 40 acres on Daniel Island.

Shawn Jenkins carries eight pages of paper with him wherever he goes.

From family vacations to international business trips to the day his company went public on Wall Street, he makes sure that those eight pages – now yellowed with two decades of time and travel – remain close at hand. They are, after all, where this chapter of his life began....Continue

Posted on Thu May 28, 2015 1:00 PM in benefitfocus, donor story, shawn jenkins

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