Champions Society

A champion fights for and protects a cause. As a member of the Champions Society, you can help to ensure Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital patients and their families are cared for by the best physicians right here in the Midlands.

Who we are

The Champions Society is an annual giving society of Palmetto Health Foundation and the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Board. The Society is led by a volunteer committee and comprised of donors who pledge to contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually.

Funds contributed by Champions Society members support the Pediatric Subspecialist Fund at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.  The purpose of fund is to support the recruitment of pediatric subspecialists, associated practice start-up expenses, the establishment of new programs directed by these subspecialists and/or to purchase necessary equipment.
Pediatric subspecialists are necessary in our community for the diagnosis and treatment of children’s complex medical conditions. Examples of subspecialists include pediatric endocrinologists, cardiologists, neurologists and gastroenterologists. These physicians are difficult to recruit because they are limited in number nationally in comparison to demand.
By joining The Champions Society, you are helping Children’s Hospital ensure we have all the doctors our children need, right here in Columbia, so that families won’t have to travel long distances for care by a pediatric subspecialist. Last year, The Champions Society provided more than $74,000 to support pediatric subspecialty programs.
Society members will have an opportunity to meet Children’s Hospital physicians to better understand the critical need for these subspecialists and learn more about the great work being done at Children’s Hospital.
Champions Society members receive the following benefits:

  • Two complimentary reservations for the Festival of Trees Auction Preview held annually in November (rate for general public is $125/person)
  • The chance to build strong connections with other members and donors
  • Name recognition on the beautiful new donor wall in Children’s Hospital
  • The chance to take advantage of free, confidential, estate planning consultation

How to Join
Membership in the Champions Society simply requires a gift of $1,000, or more, payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor or memory of a loved one or caregiver. Donations of a lesser amount also are welcome. Learn more about the Champions Society and its impact on Palmetto Health Children's Hospital here.

Click here to download a pledge form.

Champions Society Executive Committee Members

Mary Lynch Wagnon, Chair
Shelton Haile, Chair of Rising Champions
Diane Bagnal-Moody, Administrative Director, Children’s Hospital
Mary Dailey
Greg Downs
Brian Dunphy
Lynn Williams
Chappell Wilson

Thank you to our Champions Society Members

Charles and Valerie Aiken
Mrs. Anna Alessandrini
Dr. and Mrs. E. Stanton Adkins III
Diane Bagnal-Moody and Bob Moody
Fran and Michael Byrd
Dr. and Mrs. Juan I. Camps
Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Clay
Charlotte and Rion Cobb
Andrea and Jeff Dailey
Mary and Randy Dailey
Ann and Warren Derrick
Brian and Shelly Dunphy
Ms. Jean E. Duke
Drs. Charlotte Lindler Ellis and Ed Ellis
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Ehreth
Ms. Estelle M. Firth
Mrs. Patricia Dunphy Fosberry and Mr. Martin Fosberry
Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Haile
Mr. Shelton Haile and Dr. Elizabeth Haile
Dr. Jason L. Hawn and Dr. Leigh J. Hawn
Ms. Anne Hayes
Dr. Catherine McClung Smith and Mr. Robert Harrison Smith
Susan Heath and Rush Smith
Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Hubbird
Victor and Monika Iskersky
Steve and Diane Junis
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Lathren
Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. Locke
Paula and Ronnie Matthews
Jack and DoraAnn McKenzie
Charles and Julia Moore
Drew and Kelly Painter
Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Pogrebniak
Mrs. Brenda E. Rankin
Mr. and Mrs. Darrell T. Scott
Valerie and Bhairav Shah
Deonca and Alex Shuler
Dr. and Mrs. Stanley O. Skarli
Ms. Judy Cotchett Smith
Dr. James R. Stallworth
Mrs. Aileen B. Sunshine
Dr. and Mrs. R. Caughman Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas
Mary and Mark Wagnon
Estate of Mrs. Betty Warren
Ms. Lynn M. Williams


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