CHPVC Activities


Happy Hearts Family Fun Day

Was held on January 21, 2017. It was a very fun event for Pediatric Heart patients, caregivers and their families at
Christenberry Fieldhouse, Augusta University.

Thank You to all the Heart Families who attended and all the Volunteers and Donors for their help in making this such a special event for our children with special hearts!!!


3 Great Door Prizes were given away!! 

Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet, Sony 40” LED Smart TV, and $200 Visa Gift Card 

For more information about the Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council or Happy Hearts Family Fun Day email [email protected]

Friday, March 4, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) — Westmont Elementary principal ended up duct-taped to a flag pole yesterday and the students didn’t even get in trouble!

It was all in good fun as the students raised money for the Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council through GRU which helps many families in need. Students at WES sent in donations to have a chance to duct tape the principal to the wall.

The school raised $685 and will be sending it to CHPVC. Mrs. Butler’s 3rd grade class who raised the most money got the honor of taping up their principal, Tami Flowers. 



Thank You So Much to Westmont Elementary for Holding The “Hat Day” Fundraiser for The Children’s Heart Program! And to CHPVC Members Mandy Moody, Jenny May and Nancy Libengood for Organizing and Leading Such an Awesome Event!!!

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCMandy Moody, Jenny May, and Nancy Libengood Organized the "Hat Day" Fundraiser held at Westmont Elementary School on April 30th.Mandy Moody, Jenny May, and Nancy Libengood Organized the “Hat Day” Fundraiser held at Westmont Elementary School on April 30th.


A Special Thanks to All the Kids at Westmont Elementary School Who Participated by Donating and by Helping to Bring Awareness to The Children’s Heart Program and Our Children with Special Hearts!


CHPVC Sponsored 


The Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council is proud to recognize others who support helping children with heart disease in several ways—whether through its research grants to support eradicating pediatric heart disease or recognizing special volunteers who go above and beyond to help children with special hearts. Additionally, the CHPVC provides several scholarships for patients to help them realize their goals.

Children’s Hospital of Georgia Pediatric Cardiology Heart Patient

William A. Lutin Spirit of the Heart Award

funded by the

Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council

The Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council annually recognizes children/adults with congenital or acquired heart disease by providing a $1,000 award to assist with a specific educational or developmental opportunity. Recognizing these children and adults face enormous challenges throughout their lives, these awards provide an opportunity to expand their goals. The award is named for Dr. Bill Lutin, pediatric cardiologist, who has dedicated his life to care for his heart patients at Children’s Hospital of Georgia (MCG). The William A. Lutin Spirit of the Heart Award will provide funds for educational enrichment or physical development. Dr. Lutin has put his heart into helping these special children and loves watching them succeed.


A deserving individual will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • must be or have been a patient at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia or Satellite Clinic
  • must be at least five years old
  • can be pursuing post high school programs including technical school and graduate school
  • can apply to use funds for equipment, camp or other opportunity that enhances their education or development in some way
  • must not be a previous recipient of an award


  • The annual award(s) will be presented in one payment of $1,000. The winner(s) will be notified by mail and will receive the check before December 30th.


  • Selection will be based on how these scholarships can provide a valued educational and developmental experience, the potential for providing a successful opportunity that the recipients may not have had otherwise, and will be awarded to an overall deserving individual.
  • Applications can be submitted to Children’s Hospital of Georgia Pediatric Cardiology from January through October each year. A designated committee consisting of two pediatric cardiologists and three CHPVC Board of Directors members will review applications. The decision of the committee is final and they will determine the best way to announce the award recipients based on individual circumstances.

Click here for scholarship information

William A. Lutin Spirit of the Heart Award

Dr. Bill Lutin, Pediatric Cardiologist, was honored in 2008 for his dedication, wisdom, and talent that offer the promise of tomorrow to children with special hearts. He has dedicated his career to care for his patients with heart disease at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. As a result, this scholarship was named in his honor to afford deserving children with heart disease the opportunity to participate in the Family Y’s Aquatic Program for children with special needs including a family membership.

More than $7,000 has supported children in joining the Family Y or another enrichment choice, such as a computer or college expenses.   Congratulations to our William A. Lutin Spirit of the Heart Award recipients, Melissa Murzynowski, Nataleigh Grace Deal, Trenton Long, Caitlynn Hurt, Meghan and Madison Hughes, Steven Mets, and Sarah McDonagh!

In addition to the current William A. Lutin Spirit of the Heart Awards, more than thirty scholarships, including ‘mini’ scholarships, have been awarded for different educational projects to individuals ranging in age from 5 to 33 years old, representing over $17,000. Recipients of the The Bonnie Hadden Scholarship $1,000 grant are Andrew Eric Young, Sharne Davis, Jessica Pennington, Billie-jo Culver, Mary Ellen Smith, Garrick Campbell, Courtney Waring, Ken McCoy, Zachary Anderson, and David Aban. Congratulations to our recipients!

Some of the educational scholarships were used for:

    • Congressional Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
    • Undergraduate College tuition
    • Graduate School tuition
    • Nursing School
    • Sylvan Learning Center
    • Books/Supplies
    • Camp for Special Needs
    • Leap Pad Advantage Computer
    • Tutor for reading

H. Victor Moore Research Grant

The Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council awards the H. Victor Moore Research Grant annually to help fund heart-related research projects. The grant is named after Dr. Victor Moore, Senior Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Surgery, upon his retirement from the Medical College of Georgia after 27 years of dedicated service to children with heart disease and their families.

This annual grant is awarded to an investigator studying pediatric cardiovascular disease at The Children’s Hospital of Georgia. It serves as an investment in the future of children’s health, and as a reminder of the highest standards that Dr. Moore held when mending young hearts at MCG. The H. Victor Moore Research Grant was first awarded in 2000.

Heart patient and her mother share wedding day with Dr. Moore.

Some of the research projects awarded with the H. Victor Moore Research Grant include:

    •  “Role of Aortic Stiffness and Characteristic Impedance on Left Ventricular  Structure and Diastolic Function in Adolescent Obesity and Hypertension,” to explore how specific measurements may be tools to help clinicians identify obese adolescents at high risk for hypertension and organ damage—Gary L, Pierce, PhD, Georgia Prevention Institute, et al, MCG
    •  “Characterization of Plasma and Surface CD163 Levels in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass,”—James St. Louis, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatric Heart Surgery, Department of Surgery, MCG
    • “Application of Lipomic Analysis of Pedatric Patients with CHD in Assessment of their Abnormal Growth and Development”—Henaro Sabino, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, MCG
    • “The Prevalence of Sleep Disordered Breathing in Pediatric Patients with Tetralogy of Fallot,” to enhance the understanding of the interaction of the heart and lungs in children after heart surgery repair and improve long term outcome—Steven Herold, MD, Senior Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, Section of Pediatric Cardiology, MCG
    • “Expression of CD 163 in Hypoxic Neonatal Swine undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass” to improve the safety of using the heart-lung bypass in newborns and infants undergoing major heart surgery—James St. Louis, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatric Heart Surgery, Department of Surgery, MCG
    • ‘Physiological Consequences of Altered NOS3 Localization” to investigate gender differences and how aging effects the nitric oxide sysnthase (NOS) systems—Jennifer C. Sullivan, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology/Vascular Biology Center, MCG
    • ‘Using Fast Lipid Profiles, Body Mass Index and Health Behavior Questionnaires” to assess the health of House Staff during Residency and Fellowship training—John Bartley, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, MCG
    • “Ventricular Diastolic Function in the Human Fetus with Congenital Heart Disease,” —George McDaniel, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, MCG
    • “Cause of Conotruncal Heart Defects,” to assess outcomes during embryonic development—Simon J. Conway, PhD, Associate Professor, Institution of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, MCG.

To be eligible for this grant, applicants must be employed by The Children’s Hospital of Georgia Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Biology, Neonatology, or the Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI). Research must be related to heart disease and completed within twelve months. In the proposal, the applicant must include Objectives, Background, Significance, Design and Methods, Results, Budget and an explanation of how the funds will be used. A review committee will determine the grant recipient.


William B. Strong Pediatric Cardiology Lectureship

The Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council sponsors this annual professional lecture in honor of Dr. Bill Strong. Dr. Strong served as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology from 1972 until his retirement in 2001.  As an educator, Dr. Strong has been recognized for his teaching skills by receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award from his students and colleagues as a recipient of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Scholar Award and having been named as one of the Four Best Teachers at MCG.  He initiated the Department of Pediatrics Postgraduate Annual Update meeting as well as its Visiting Professor Program. Dr. Strong was the course director of the MCG Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program and co-directed the first Essentials of Clinical Medicine Program.


Although Dr. Strong continues to stay involved with The Children’s Hospital of Georgia Pediatric Cardiology Clinic and the Georgia Prevention Institute, the William B. Strong Pediatric Cardiology Lectureship supports his interest in educating those intimately involved in treating children with special hearts.


The Lectureship provides the opportunity for a highly recognized leader in pediatric cardiology to present the most current medical findings to physicians in our area.


Experts from across the country have come to Augusta to share their expertise on topics such as preventive cardiology, Kawaski disease, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and dyslipidmia in children, interventional cardiac catheterization, and procedures and investigation into the cause and therapy of cardiovascular risk factors in children. The Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council is proud to support bringing these visiting professors and others to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia:


  • Jerome Liebman, MD, Professor of Case Western Reserve University, Pediatric Cardiologist, Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH


  • Jane W. Newburger, MD, Associate Cardiologist-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA


  • Albert Rocchini, MD, Professor of Communicable Diseases, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


  • J. Timothy Bricker, MD, Chair, University of Kentucky, Department of Pediatrics—Strong Endowed Chair, Lexington, KY


  • Reginald Washington, MD, Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Colorado; Denver, CO


  • Elaine Urbina, MD, Associate Professor in Preventive Cardiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH


Doctors Who Cook

DWCImagine an evening of cocktails, entertainment, dancing, and delectable food with more than 500 guests joining together for an important cause – supporting children with special hearts. Almost 100 doctors from all over the region donate their time creating and serving their culinary masterpieces for Doctors Who Cook®, a most unique event.

Mrs. Gloria Johnson, CHPVC charter member and heart mom, suggested Doctors Who Cook® as a possible fundraising event, and the council made this a reality. All funds raised from this fabulous evening go directly to benefit children with heart disease.  Since 1996 CHPVC has hosted this sold out event, enabling the council to provide comfort, care and service to children with special hearts and their families.

Doctors Who Cook®, which was featured in a 2005 publication of Southern Living magazine, is recognized as one of the best events in Augusta and is our main fundraiser. We are grateful to our dedicated sponsors and the hundreds of doctors for supporting this special event. We are proud that $340,000 has been raised to support children in need and a variety of dedicated CHP programs. We hope you will continue to support this remarkable, nationally-known, award winning fundraising event because there are more children than ever before who need our support.

Pediatric Cardiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, and Dentist cook up their specialities for Doctors Who Cook®, benefitting our children with special hearts.


Hearts of Gold Cookbook


The popularity of Doctors Who Cook® led to the creation of Hearts of Gold, a cookbook boasting 235 recipes selected from more than 600 recipes submitted by DWC participants, medical staff, parents, friends and families of children with heart disease.  Enjoy these down-home favorites and elegant entrees to simple treats that kids can help prepare!






Heart and Sole, Inc.                                               

        Ronald McDonald House Charities     

THANKS to all who joined The Children’s Heart Program and supported our “Little Brave Hearts” Team at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, Inc. Plane Pull Event on Saturday, April 19, 2014!

CHPVC Little Brave Hearts Team Ready to Pull for the House!

CHPVC Little Brave Hearts Team Ready to Pull for the House!




Little Brave Hearts Team




Mark Jackson (CHPVC VP) presents the Ronald McDonald Plane Pull 1st place trophy to Celeste Lemieux Kessler (“Little Brave Hearts” Team Captain) at the Children’s Heart Program meeting.



Georgia Health Sciences University

Camp Strong Heart

CHPVC had the vision of a special camp dedicated to our heart children and proposed it to The Children’s Hospital of Georgia Child Life Department. CHPVC funded the first Camp Strong Heart and continues to provide camp volunteers.


 CMC Radiothon and CMN Telethon


One of the hospital’s largest fundraisers, the radiothon ensures The Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s ongoing mission to provide the best and most loving care to children and families across the Southeast.

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the local Children’s Miracle Network participating hospital for the CSRA.


GHSU Betty Browning Tollison Reflection Garden

Bench dedicated in loving memory of

Daniel Joseph Ginn Moretz

Feb. 12, 1991 – Nov. 16, 2005





Pediatric Cardiology Clinic

Family Seminar

Patient treat bags

Patient toys

Waiting room video game systems




Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery


Therapeutic heart pillows for surgery patients


Inspirational ceramic hearts for surgery families and patients


Social Work Services financial assistance for Pediatric Cardiology families





Thanksgiving Day Meal at the Children’s Medical Center 

The Children’s Heart Program’s volunteers know how challenging hospital stays can be for a family, especially during the holidays. CHPVC hosted the first of many Thanksgiving Day meals at the The Children’s Hospital of Georgia for the patients and families.

CHP Thanksgiving volunteers




Georgia Transplant Foundation


CHP volunteers and the Zac Brown Band enjoy an evening raising monies to benefit the GTF.



Congenital Heart Awareness Week

Families and individuals, non-profit organizations, support groups, and health professionals join forces in an annual public awareness and advocacy campaign in February.

The anticipation of a new child joining a family is a joyous time, but what happens when that family come face to face with a health crisis for the unborn child. When she was twenty weeks pregnant with her daughter, Madison, that was reality for Destany Jones. Now two years old, Madison has overcome many obstacles in her short life, and she will continue to face more as she gets older. That is why Destany has made it her mission to educate others about Congenital Heart Defects (CHD), and that is why Destany and Madison are special guests on The Means Report during Georgia’s Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.



Kristin Butts presents 11 blankets she made for her senior project at Curtis Baptist High School to CHPVC member Mindy Metts for distribution pediatric heart patients.

Kristin Butts presents 11 blankets she made for her senior project at Curtis Baptist High School to CHPVC member Mindy Mets for distribution pediatric heart patients.

Kristin Butts is a senior at Curtis Baptist and a heart patient since birth. Kristin chose to support families and children with heart issues for her senior project and made 11 blankets to give to patients, their siblings or families. She has a memory of receiving such a gift that her family still uses and wanted to give back to others in this way.