Pin Oak Charity Horse Show volunteers and Rick Terry, executive vice president of the show’s title sponsor BBVA Compass, donned hardhats for an advance tour of the new Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. The group was there to present a $50,000 donation to fund the cancer center infusion waiting area, which will be named after the 66-year-old charity horse show. The gift was received by Dr. Charles Hankins, chief medical officer for Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Along with the check, Pin Oak donated two equestrian paintings that will hang in the waiting area, and plans to provide books for the patient library.
“Pin Oak has been involved with Texas Children’s Hospital since 1948 when the show began raising money to build the original facility that opened in 1954,” says Pin Oak President Lynn Walsh. “Now, a brand-new generation of Pin Oak riders and sponsors are working to build the West Campus, which is very close to our show location at Great Southwest Equestrian Center on Mason Road.” Pin Oak made a commitment to donate $300,000 to Texas Children’s West Campus over five years. This donation puts the show within $65,000 of that goal. West Campus, Texas Children’s first community hospital, is located on 55 acres at Interstate 10 and Barker Cypress. The outpatient facility is scheduled to open in December 2010, offering a comprehensive array of pediatric sub-specialty services.
The inpatient facility and 24/7 dedicated pediatric emergency center are slated to open in spring 2011 and will include surgical suites, 48 intermediate and acute-care patient beds, advanced imaging services including MRI and CT scans, and a neurophysiology sleep laboratory.
Show dates for the 66th annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show for 2011 are March 23 – April 5. Visit www.pinoak.org for more information.
Touring the facility (from left) were staffers Amanda Dougherty and Roxanne Cook from Pin Oak, West Campus Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Hankins, Pin Oak President Lynn Walsh, Executive Vice
President Rick Terry of BBVA Compass, Elly Berman and Linda Graham from Pin Oak’s executive board.