North Carolina’s electric cooperatives recently hosted a virtual fundraiser that raised a record $160,550 for the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals, one of the nation’s largest burn centers.
The state’s co-ops have been a supporter of the center’s work since 1972, when their Board of Directors pledged $40,000 to help create the center. They have since partnered with numerous organizations and individuals to raise more than $2.2 million to support the Burn Center’s mission, which encompasses not only compassionate patient care, but also innovative treatment, burn prevention education and outreach, research, rehabilitation and life-long after care.
“Your generosity and support have been invaluable,” said Dr. Booker T. King, the center’s director, during the fundraiser’s keynote address. He emphasized the importance of research in the department’s vision for the future, and also spoke to COVID-19’s impact on the center’s operations.
Dr. King also shared that the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center sees an average of 1,500 to 1,700 patients a year, about three times more than the average number other burn centers see.
Dale Lambert, CEO of Asheboro-based Randolph EMC, who serves as a Burn Center Advisory Board Member and was the fundraiser’s chairperson, summed up the cooperatives’ commitment to the Burn Center during the event when he said: “Our dollars go to help people, and that’s what it’s all about. We want to be a blessing to other people and have an impact on their quality of life.”
More information about our ongoing partnership with the Burn Center can be found in the Community section of our website.