Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, May 23, 2019 – MercyOne Children’s Hospital Heart Superheroes will be featured at the 2019 Principal Charity Classic. These 11 children – ranging in age from 9 months to 10 years old – are all former patients who experienced life-saving cardiac care surgeries and procedures at MercyOne Children’s Hospital. On Friday, May 31, they will be stationed throughout the event at Wakonda Club in Des Moines.
Spectators are encouraged to take selfies with the Heart Superheroes 2-4 p.m. on Friday, May 31 and post on social media with the hashtags #MercyOneChildrensHeart and #PCC19. The child with the most hashtagged photos wins a $500 contribution in his or her name to the pediatric cardiac care program at MercyOne Children’s Hospital during a check presentation at 4:30 p.m. that day at the Wakonda Club Clubhouse.
The public is invited to follow along with the fun beginning today with the hashtag #MercyOneChildrensHeart.
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center is pleased to have served as a Principal Charity Classic Tournament Charity Partners since 2016. Proceeds from Principal Charity Classic have impacted the pediatric cardiac care program at MercyOne Children’s Hospital in meaningful ways. Most recently, 2017 funds were utilized to launch the innovative new Beads of Courage program, and 2018 proceeds funded a new, innovative echocardiography machine.
The Principal Charity Classic, the annual and award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines, raised a record $4.3 million in support of Iowa kids in 2018. The event has now donated more than $17.7 million since 2007. Funds raised by the Principal Charity Classic support six Tournament Charity Partners in the Des Moines area – including MercyOne Des Moines Foundation – as well as more than 100 organizations – including MercyOne Children’s Hospital – throughout Iowa enrolled in the tournament’s “Birdies For Charity” program.
About MercyOne Central Iowa
MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville (875 beds combined total) and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 60 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. The MercyOne system has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.
About MercyOne Des Moines Foundation
MercyOne Des Moines Foundation secures vital funding that ensures equal access, clinical excellence and high-quality care for all in Greater Des Moines. Learn more at MercyOne.org/desmoinesfoundation.