DURHAM, N.C. -- The Children's Health Center at Duke Children's Hospital will receive a $250,000 donation from Peter Karmanos, the Carolina Hurricanes owner, and the Carolina Hurricanes' Kids 'n Community Foundation, hospital and Hurricanes officials announced today. The funds, payable to Duke over a four-year period, will be used primarily for research, as well as clinical care and education at the Children's Health Center.
The Hurricanes also unveiled an artist’s rendering of "Hurricanes' Hallway," a colorful, hands-on area off the main lobby that will welcome children and their families to the Health Center. It will feature a Hurricanes memorabilia wall, 3-D murals that simulate an "on-ice" hockey experience, a miniature Zamboni, and a stuffed "Stormy," the Hurricanes' mascot.
“On behalf of Peter Karmanos and the Hurricanes, we are pleased to make this donation to such a worthwhile cause -- the care of sick children,” said Hurricanes President Jim Cain. "With the funds going toward research, our hope is that children from throughout the world will ultimately benefit."
The donation underscores the significant relationship that Duke and the Hurricanes have developed since the team moved here from Hartford, Conn., in May 1997.
Hurricanes players Ron Francis and Glen Wesley, both of whom attended the news conference, actively support Duke Children's Hospital. During the season, both players invite patients and their families to enjoy a night out in their private suites at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Aside from treating them to food, beverages and keepsakes, the children meet Ron and Glen after the games for autographs and picture taking. During the year, Francis, Wesley and other players also visit sick children at Duke, and Wesley and his wife, Barb, visit Duke's Camp Kaleidoscope, a summer camp for sick kids.
"We are very grateful to Peter Karmanos and the Carolina Hurricanes' Kids 'n Community Foundation for this generous gift," said Dr. Michael Frank, chairman of pediatrics. "The Hurricanes have done a great job of supporting the kids at Duke since the team arrived. This gift reinforces their dedication to the children in this community, and Hurricanes Hallway will be a welcome addition to our Children's Health Center."
Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos and the Foundation are each paying $125,000 to Duke over a four-year period. And each is splitting the cost of constructing Hurricanes Hallway, which has an estimated price tag of $50,000 to $60,000. "This is one way we can bring a smile to children's faces," said Cain. "Hurricanes Hallway will be a place of fun and cheer."
The Carolina Hurricanes’ Kids ‘n Community Foundation supports and funds educational and children's programs in the Triangle, with a special emphasis on bringing joy to sick children. Hurricanes players and their wives are actively involved in raising money for the Foundation through charity events, such as the annual golf tournament and "Skate With the Canes." Other fundraising comes from the sale of signed hockey memorabilia on game nights.
At its recent board meeting, the Foundation board also awarded grants to the following organizations:
$3,500 to Exploris to support a program for disadvantaged children
$5,000 to support the 4-H Club’s Youth Leadership Conference
$5,000 for scholarships for Raleigh Youth Hockey
$20,000 for targeted programs at UNC Children's Hospitals
$25,000 for Community Learning Centers, which operates learning centers
at public housing facilities
$27,000 to fund 27, $1,000 scholarships at each Triangle high school through the Triangle Educational Advancement Foundation