MU's PRSSA Hosts Benefit for HFCH

When MU's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) recently put their fundraising and awareness-building skills to the test, the Hoops Family Children's Hospital (HFCH ) reaped the benefits.

PRSSA hosted the "Herd for Hoops Charity Gala," a combination induction ceremony and HFCH fundraiser that also included a reception, a silent auction, a children's book drive and entertainment. Proceeds went to HFCH, which serves children and families in 29 counties in the Tri-State.

"We came up with this event all on our own and organized it from scratch to bring as much awareness and donations to the hospital as we could," said PRSSA member Carissa Janczewski.

"We were grateful and thrilled that PRSSA would select the Hoops Family Children's Hospital as the recipient of their hard work," said Kristi Arrowood, director of development for the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation. "It just warms my heart to see these young people already understanding what it means to give back to their communities."

The HFCH is undergoing extensive reconstruction that includes creating family-friendly patient rooms and a child-friendly environment.

"Studies have shown that when a child is around family and familiar things, then the healing process is much smoother," Arrowood said. "That's what we want to create― the best healing environment that we can."