When asked why supporting the hospital was close to his heart, Drew had this to say, “I grew up volunteering at the children’s hospital in my home town. Eventually I found myself in the oncology unit where I worked closely with some great kids. To help those kids just be kids is why I’m here. These kids deserve to live full, happy lives and I want to do my part to ensure that. Scripps is part of my family and whenever they want my help, I will be there.”
Also in attendance were several patient ambassadors from ETCH who greeted golfers at each hole and shared how the hospital has aided them and their families during their treatments. SNI Corporate Communications Director Kristin Alm and her daughter Harper serve as unofficial ambassadors for the partnership between the hospital and media company. “Harper has Down Syndrome, which causes her to have a few more medical challenges than most kids. We’re so happy to have East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in our backyard to help us manage those situations,” says Kristin. “Harper’s longest stint in the hospital was a ten-day stretch, which felt like an eternity for all of us. It helps us sleep at night knowing that quality care is right here in our community and Scripps is supporting that.”
The day ended with an intimate cocktail party and silent auction where guests learned more about how ETCH and its newly-opened Scripps Networks Tower are saving the lives of precious children all over East Tennessee.