September 13, 2013
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Doctors Who Cook, from the Children’s Hospital of Georgia Children's Heart Program Volunteer Council website.​

When doctors put down their scalpels and pick up a spatula to benefit charity, the result is a fun event like Aug. 24 events in Augusta, Ga. that benefited the Children’s Heart Program at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

Doctors Who Cook is a cook-off involving physicians, researchers, medical students, residents and others who donate their time, recipes and culinary skills for the dinner event. Proceeds go toward hospital equipment, family support, special events, education and research.

BI-LO stores throughout the Augusta, Ga. area have supported the Children’s Hospital of Georgia for many years through the scan program. This year’s donation from BI-LO is more than $117,900, raised from scan donations and fundraisers such as the BI-LO Winn-Dixie Charity Classic golf tournament. BI-LO and a local television station were recognized this year as the event’s only platinum sponsors.

Rodney Thigpen, BI-LO Eastern Region District 2 director, said BI-LO separately donated a total of $10,000 from the district’s fund to support the event.

“We are happy to be able to return as a sponsor to support our communities’ children with special hearts and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia,” Thigpen said.

Thigpen said BI-LO donations have purchased televisions for young patients to watch, computers for oxygen-restricted children, or helping to fulfill the wishes of children who are terminal. They enable the Children's Heart Program Volunteer Council to provide family support and educational programs for families in crisis. They also help fund grants and programs that benefit patients and their families.

Thigpen said one of those special hearts is associate Matt Griffin, who works at BI-LO store No. 5522 in North Augusta, S.C. and was recognized by the program.

“At birth, he was diagnosed with atrial septal defect -- including five holes in his heart -- ventricular septal defect, and multiple abnormalities,” he said. “His first surgery was at nine months old. He has had five additional heart surgeries. He is 38 years old and is a Sales Floor Supervisor for us.”

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