When parents have to face a child’s serious injury or illness, nothing is more important than finding the best possible care. More than 100,000 children each year find it at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, and many of the kids and parents alike want to find a way to thank those who helped them get better and in many cases saved their lives. On Sunday, a group of current and former patients, some of the boys and girls known to the hospital staff as Miracle Kids, used their talents to give back.
The Mad Platter, Columbia’s first fired arts studio, hosted the “Merry Masterpiece pARTy,” giving the kids a chance to create works of art which will be featured in a silent auction at Palmetto Health Foundation’s 28th Festival of Trees, Nov. 17-19, at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
The art-making event, organized by Palmetto Health Foundation to benefit the Children’s Hospital, began more than a decade ago and has become a summer tradition. Margaret Nevill, owner of The Mad Platter, donates her studio and art supplies for the occasion, and she and her staff help the artists along the way.
“It allows all the kids to come in and just have a moment to celebrate,” said Ashley M. Dusenbury, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations for Palmetto Health Foundation. “What a moment to lift spirits and remind everyone how invaluable Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is.”
Miracle Kids participating in this year’s Merry Masterpiece pARTy included Brayden Sox, Gabriella Giovannone, Elliott Rea, Elijah Adams, Ellington Hewitt and Johnathan Pricenor. All were joined by parents and many by siblings as well, with the brothers and sisters joining in the art-creating fun.
Chris Pricenor, Johnathan’s dad, helped raise money for the Children’s Hospital as a student at the University of South Carolina, then saw his giving come full circle eight years ago when his son was born with holes in his heart and lungs.
“It was phenomenal. The way they treated Jonathan and explained everything in kid’s terms, it was fantastic. The nurses were so good to him,” Chris said. “They kept us informed as parents. They’re really good at that part too.”
Pricenor continues to give back as a volunteer for Palmetto Health Foundation, including serving on the organizing committee for this year’s Festival of Trees, where Johnathan’s work will be on display.
November marks the 28th anniversary of Festival of Trees. The event features an array of holiday décor as well as gifts that will be available for bidding during a weekend long silent and mobile auction. The auction will begin Friday, Nov. 17 with a preview event featuring a first look and opportunity to bid on items. On Saturday, Nov. 18, families will experience Santa’s magic during the “Santa & Me” event at Festival of Trees and will leave with a treasure! With the help of The Mad Platter team, a child and Santa will have the opportunity to create a commemorative item that will be cherished for years to come. On Sunday, Nov. 19, the event will open to the public, and visitors will enjoy holiday activities and entertainment. For details, visit FestivalofTreesColumbia.org.
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is South Carolina’s first children’s hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina’s only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is the place to go for children’s medical care, because the best care matters.