MSF offers specialty license plate

From Staff Reports

  Adorned with a Teddy bear in his own patient gown, the new specialty license plate for the Regional Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) is available for purchase and will be released after the first 1,000 plates have been ordered.
  The plates are being sold from the Mountain States Foundation (MSF) office at a cost of $35, which is in addition to the $24 registration fee. The Regional Children's Hospital will receive $17.50 from each plate sold.
  Marcy Walker, Chairperson of the Foundation Board of Trustees, has already "signed up" for three plates for her family's vehicles.
  "To me, it's just one more step in getting where we're going," Walker said. "The high visibility is a key to building on our dream of the new regional children's hospital. Every person cannot be the lead donor for the new hospital. Every person can do something, and this is just one more 'something' to do."
  The proposed new children's hospital dream is becoming more of a reality with 100 percent of the Board financially committed to the fund-raising campaign. In addition, Foundation President Larry Warkoczeski said East Tennessee State University is strongly committed "to turn this dream into a reality."
  "We are astounded how many people are coming forward to help this cause for the 250,000 kids in our 24-county region," Warkoczeski said.
  The dedicated license plate was sponsored by State Rep. Bob Patton and State Sen. Rusty Crowe. All legislators in Northeast Tennessee signed on as prime co-sponsors.
  The proposed design of the plate includes the Teddy bear mascot created for the hospital on the left side with a yellow background and purple text.
  "Every little bit helps," said Warkoczeski of the plate as a funding source. "A new regional children's hospital was a dream, but we're seeing it get closer. This dedication license plate is a wonderful opportunity to show support, not only financially, but also by taking action."
  The license plates may be ordered through the toll-free 24-hour hotline at 866-313-4624, online at www.msha.com or at the MSF office in the North Point II building at 1021 W. Oakland Ave.
  For those who want to purchase plates but do not need to renew their vehicle registration, state fees will be pro-rated to allow the immediate purchase of the plate.
  The Mountain States Foundation is the fund-raising arm of Mountain States Health Alliance. The Johnson City Medical Center and The Regional Children's Hospital are proud members of Mountain States Health Alliance.