Who we are

Rising Champions, an annual giving society at Prisma Health Midlands Foundation, is comprised of young leaders under age 40 who are rising to meet the needs of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands. This dynamic group works alongside the Champions Society, a longstanding annual giving society of Children’s Hospital.

The funds contributed by Rising Champions members support the Pediatric Subspecialist Fund. The purpose of fund is to support the recruitment of pediatric subspecialists, the establishment of new programs directed by these subspecialists and to purchase necessary equipment. By joining Rising Champions, 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.

See more photos from the Rising Champions Launch Reception.

A message from our chairs, Shelton and Elizabeth Haile

We’ve come to know Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands in our professional lives. As an attorney (Shelton) who represents health care providers and a community pediatrician (Elizabeth), we’ve both seen the depth of services that makes Children’s Hospital one of the best in the nation. As parents, we are keenly aware of how fortunate we are to have this major pediatric referral center in our own backyard. Children’s Hospital offers 30 medical subspecialties devoted strictly to children.

For us, giving back to Children’s Hospital allows to us to play a small part in equipping the kind of Children’s Hospital we want to have available for our own children and our community. We believe it is a worthy investment. We know there are many other young parents and young professionals who care about Children’s Hospital and appreciate its importance to our community. Hence, the decision of the Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands Board to launch a new annual giving society, Rising Champions, just for you!

Our mission—to build a robust group of donors who will have a unique opportunity to learn about Children’s Hospital and whose impact will be felt for many decades to come. Funds contributed by members of Rising Champions and our longstanding sister society, Champions Society, will benefit the Pediatric Subspecialist Fund at Prisma Health Midlands Foundation. These funds help Children’s Hospital recruit and retain the best physicians so that families won’t have to travel long distances for care.

Will you join us?

Elizabeth and Shelton Haile

Thank you to our Rising Champions members

Dr. Greg Black and Mackie All*
Ashley and Will Batson*
Emily and Jody Bedenbaugh*
Emilie and Boyd Blanchard
Mary and Chris Burke*
Sarah and Steven Carter
Kathryn and Heyward Cathcart* 
Lilla and Ty Colpini*
Lauren and Chad Dowdy*
Jamie and Wade Dowtin 
Sara and David Ellison* 
Darcy and Trent Earhardt*
Lawrence and Rachel Flynn*
Jenna and Jared Garraux
Maggie and Harrison Gray
Jordan and Michael Horan
Rawlins Elizabeth Kefalos
Yates and Sarah Anne Knowlton 
Meredith Ann and Stephen Krzyston
Amy and Michael Long
Michelle and Andrew Lucas
Emily and Justin Lucey*
Sarah and Matthew Myers*
Logan Parker
Stephanie and Adam Parrish*
Lindsey and Tyler Priester*
Marian and Curtis Rea*
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Rhodes, III*
Meredith and Drew Rowley*
Anna and Doug Saunders*
Darby and Geordie Schroder*
Annie and Mikell Scott
Nicole and Darrell Scott* 
Emmeline and Clay Short*
Ashley and Mason Smith
Steve and Taylor Spreeuwers*
Kate and Wes Sweeten
Jenna and Coles Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas*
Barri and Lance Thompson
Tori and Mark Tibshrany*
Katie Alice and Drew Walker
Dr. Derick and Mrs. Rebekah Wenning*
*Founding members
Names in bold are the Leadership Team

Member Spotlight

Chris and Mary Burke

Click to read the Burkes' story.

How to join

Membership simply requires a pledge of $500 or more, payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor of a loved one or a caregiver. A pledge form is enclosed. Donations of a lesser amount also are welcomed. To join or learn more, contact Anna Saunders, 803-434-2830 or Anna.Saunders@PrismaHealth.org.
Only individuals/couples who are under 40 are eligible to join. If joining Rising Champions as a couple, one member of the couple must be under 40. Over 40? Consider The Champions Society.

Click here to download a commitment form.

Member benefits

Members receive the following benefits:

  • The chance to build strong connections with other members and donors.
  • Invitations to various social and educational events hosted by Prisma Health Midlands Foundation and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands. Check out our program schedule at PrismaHealthMidlandsFoundation.org.
  • Recognition on the Rising Champions page on Foundation website
  • Two FREE entries to Kemopalooza (rate for general public is $50/each or $90/couple).

To learn more, contact Anna Saunders at 803-434-2830 or Anna.Saunders@PrismaHealth.org.

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