The athletes of the inaugural Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will be sporting a logo you may not be familiar with…but race organizers hope to change that.
The logo is that of Charleston Habour House. Their mission is to build a Ronald McDonald/Fisher House style facility for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. The need for this facility is great. VA Medical Center in Charleston serves over 55,000 Veterans in 22 counties comprising the South Carolina-Georgia coastal community. The typical length of stay for patient treatment is three 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 Charleston 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, the Charleston community has founded its own “non-profit” charitable corporation, making them the private solution to a government run facility. Because Charleston Harbour House will remain private, it will have more flexibility and control of its resources and its future.
On Sunday, September 15th, 2013, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon and Golf Tournament at the Kiawah Island Club are the first steps towards raising awareness and funds for this worthy project. As an official 501(c)(3) Charity, Charleston 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, SC is our Honorary Chairman and guiding force behind the Harbour House concept. Gen. Livingston is deeply committed to achieving their 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. Representatives from Charleston Habour House will be at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon Packet Pick-up and Get Fit Festival to answer questions and accept donations. Also, group of dedicated cadets from The Citadel will be competing as a relay team at the Inaugural Kiawah land Golf Resort Triathlon; we hope you will give them extra special cheers as they compete for such a worthy charity. And, if you are interested in volunteering for the Triathlon, we encourage you to do so through Charleston Harbour House, for each volunteer, Tri-Kiawah will make a donation to the Harbour House mission. To volunteer, contact please Durbin Emerson care of Charleston Harbour House, 843 243.0525.