Harbour House of Charleston
On September 15th, 2013, to honor our veterans and particularly those wounded in service to our country, the Kiawah Island Club has graciously offered to host a benefit golf tournament at the River Course for our Veterans. This event will be the initial step of a major fund raising effort to ultimately build the Harbour House, a Ronald McDonald/Fisher House style facility for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC. This hospital serves over 55,000 Veterans in 22 counties comprising the South Carolina-Georgia coastal community. The typical length of stay for patient treatment is 3 days. The average hotel cost per night in Charleston is $89-$129. The patient population served by the Charleston VA Medical Center has an average joint annual income of less than $40,000. The need for this facility is great.
Our VAMC does not qualify for a Fisher House primarily because Fisher Houses, which operate under a congressional mandate, must be built on federal land. The Charleston VAMC has no federal land available. Therefore, we have founded our own “non-profit” charitable corporation, having filed IRS form 1023 for tax exempt status, making us the private solution to a government run facility. Because we will remain private, the Harbour House will have more flexibility and control of it’s resources and it’s future. Harbour House can now move forward with a sound foundation to identify and acquire the needed property, then design, build and endow the Harbour House facility. It will be a welcoming facility comprised of approx. 16,000 sq. ft. and up to 20 suites. There will be a common kitchen, laundry, dining and great rooms as well as a library and a computer room complete with games for adults and children.
Maj. Gen. James E Livingston, USMC, Ret., Medal of Honor Recipient and resident of Mount Pleasant is our Honorary Chairman and guiding force behind the Harbour House concept. Gen. Livingston is deeply committed to achieving our ultimate goal of providing a comfortable place for Veterans and their families when a loved one is hospitalized or receiving treatment at the VA Medical Center.
The Charleston Harbour House will be a reflection of our community’s commitment to our region’s military legacy. To attain the ultimate goal of bringing Harbour House from vision to reality will require community wide support, dedication and generosity. Please join Gen. Livingston and our committee by contacting people and businesses you know to generously support the tournament and future fundraising events. Supporting Harbour House is a wonderful opportunity to give back to those who have given so much.
Sometimes the most important step is the first one we take. As Gen. Livingston has said-
“We care for our veterans by the action we take. Harbour House’s purpose is to demonstrate how we care for those who have served and sacrificed.”
For more details and to signup online please go to http://www.charlestonharbourhouse.com or download the form below.