Arizona Elks Major Projects Donate $125,000 to the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center has received $125,000 from the Arizona Elks Major Projects.

Pat Riley, Arizona Elks Association vice president west, and his wife, Carol, from Elks Lodge No. 476 in Yuma, presented the check to UA Steele Center director Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, on June 9.

The Yuma Elks lodge was the first in the state in total funds raised last year.

Since 1992, Arizona Elks lodges across Arizona have raised nearly $6.6 million for the UA Steele Center. They have supported basic science research, the purchase of vital research lab equipment, seed grants, public education, conferences, resident education, pediatric clinic renovation, expanding the UA Steele Center to Phoenix, and established two endowed chairs.

“I’m so grateful for the Elks’ 25 years of continued support to help us improve children’s health,” said Dr. Ghishan. “It’s incredibly inspiring to see Elks lodges from all over Arizona working diligently and enthusiastically support us through raffles, fundraisers and other special events.”

The Elks also have donated countless toys and handmade blankets, beanies and booties for premature babies and young patients hospitalized at Banner – Diamond Children’s, Dr. Ghishan added. “Our partnership with the Arizona Elks is truly priceless.”

About the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

The UA Steele Children’s Research Center is one of the prestigious Centers of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. It is the state’s only academic pediatric research center designated by the Arizona Board of Regents, and the only facility in Southern Arizona where researchers and physician-scientists are dedicated to advancing medical knowledge through basic and translational research to improve children’s health. As researchers, they seek to discover answers to children’s medical mysteries. As physician-scientists, they provide compassionate care to hospitalized patients at Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and pediatric outpatient clinics throughout Tucson and the state. And, as faculty members with the UA Department of Pediatrics, they teach and train the next generation of pediatricians and researchers.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information:

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