Sidney and Friends Child Life Fund
THE SIDNEY P. ALLEN AND FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHILD LIFE FUND--While rainstorms postponed the Trustmark Children’s Hospital Pro-Am, spirits were high during the sponsor party where guests celebrated the life and legacy of Sidney P. Allen, longtime Friends of Children’s Hospital board member. Allen served as co-chair of the Pro-Am almost since its inception 26 years ago and was serving as Chairman of the Board when he passed away in November 2018.
Friends and family gathered to share Sidney stories and honor his dedication to the charity that meant so much to him. He was instrumental in the success of the Pro-Am and in other projects through the years including the Miracle Home giveaway. The Child Life program at Batson Children’s Hospital has been the designated beneficiary of the Pro-Am for many years. It was also the first program supported by Friends in 1990 when they donated $5000 for the activity room’s annual budget.
Friends Board Chair, Melanie Morgan, joined by the Allen family and Friends board members presented the surprise of the night—a $1 million endowment established in Sidney’s memory for Child Life. The gift recognizes his exceptional life, his genuine compassion for others and the profound impact he had on the lives of children and families through his commitment and leadership of Friends.
Proceeds from the SIDNEY AND FRIENDS Fund will support the Child Life program that helps patients and families cope with stress or other issues related to treatment and their time in the hospital. This endowment is the only one of its kind for Child Life providing annual income for a program that relies on philanthropic support. In efforts to grow the fund, Friends will continue fundraising to ensure Child Life Specialists have the resources needed to provide patients with therapeutic play, preparation for procedures and education to reduce fear, anxiety and pain.
Donations can be made to: Friends of Children’s Hospital, Sidney and Friends Fund (memo line),mail to 3900 Lakeland Dr., Suite 205, Flowood MS 39232 or online at https://www.friendsofch.org/give/donate-form/ by adding “Sidney and Friends” under additional information. If you have questions, please contact us at Friends@friendsofch.org.