Friends of Fisher House Charleston
partnered with Kendra Scott Jewelers from 2-4PM on Sunday, July 14th for Sips,
Sweets and Shopping. Kendra Scott Jewelers donated 20% of their sales to our
FOFH Charleston Board Members Cook a German Dinner
American Legion Post 147 Honor Guard
donated $1,000 to Friends of Fisher House Charleston today in memory of
Commander Tom Conrey, USN, their friend and colleague. Fair Winds and Following
Seas, Tom. Your Shipmates from the Honor Guard are thinking of you.
Thank you Charleston
Scott and all our volunteers (especially the Sea Cadets!) for coming out
in support of Friends of Fisher House Charleston!! We couldn’t do our
without the support of our community!
Over fifty hardworking
manning the concession booths at U.S. Women's Open, in support of
Fisher House! If you see one, make sure you thank them for their
non-profit will be "paid" for their time! So grateful!!
Thank you Grand Strand Community for your support!
Josh Hart and his traveling
graced Military and Veterans in Charleston with a visit. He teamed with
Ridge Cycles to put on a Ride for the Warriors that generated donations
Friends of Fisher House Charleston. THANK YOU Josh and Louis and North
Cycles and all those that came out for the ride!
We appreciate the support of Joint Base Charleston!
Fisher House Charleston
Since we opened just over a year ago, we have maintained our House at 70%
or more! Clearly, we needed a Fisher House in Charleston! Stay tuned,
will go over the 1000th Guest really soon!!!
Fisher House Foundation held their annual conference this month. House
their community support groups met to share experiences and discover new
support our House. We have returned with great energy and some new ideas!
FH Charleston in the 2019 Festival of Houses and Gardens!
FH Charleston in the 2019
Houses and Gardens!
Historic Charleston included Fisher House Charleston in their 2019 Festival
Houses and Gardens! Hundreds of visitors were able to see first hand how our
Military, Veterans and their Caregivers are supported by a loving community!
Charleston Day School visits Fisher House Charleston
Instrumental to our success is having a strong core team to help us get the
to Military Veterans and their families. We formed the Outreach Committee to
that. Thank you to General Fedder, Colonel Bauer and Ms. Weiss for being
part of the
team. If you are part of a group or organization and you would like us to
present about Fisher House Charleston, please message us. Over 900 families
so far! Help us spread the word!
LTGEN (Ret) Patricia E. McQuistion visits the House
LTGEN (Ret) Patricia E.
LTGEN (Ret) Patricia E. McQuistion, Vice President of the Association of the
Army visited Fisher House Charleston earlier this month to learn how we take
our Military, Veterans and their families.
Old St. Andrews Parish Church is a strong supporter of the
Vicki, our House
As House Manager, Vicki is responsible for the running of Fisher House
everything from check-in to maintenance to outreach! Every once in a
escapes the endless demands for her time by hiding out in the kitchen
yummy desserts for our guests! Thanks Vicki!
Chris Ward serves as a Judge for the American Legion
Torrey Glass, the Proprietor of 60 Bull Cafe, has made a commitment to
of the Fisher House Charleston support team! When guests are looking for
(breakfast, lunch or dinner), they can always find a smiling and
delicious local food and a 10% discount at 60 Bull Cafe. We are so lucky
located near this charming neighborhood restaurant! Visit 60 Bull's Website
W. Larry Dandridge
the Fort Mill, SC Rotary.
The Friends of Fisher House Charleston Good Will Ambassador, W. Larry
recently spoke at the Fort Mill, SC Rotary Lunch Club. US Army Aviation
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dandridge talked about the VA Medical
Fisher House Charleston, the soon-to-be Fisher House Columbia, the US
War in Vietnam, and the award winning military history and action book
Larry wrote to raise funds for Fisher House Charleston. Larry’s book,
Blades of Thunder (Book One) and his speeches
raised more than $60,000.00 for Fisher House Charleston. To schedule
Larry for a
speaking engagement and book signing in support of the Friends of Fisher
Charleston, call Larry at his office at 843-573-9657 or
cell phone 843-276-7164 or email him at LDandridge@earthlink.net.
Friends of Fisher House Charleston THANKS LTC Dandridge for his
Today is a special day at our medical center - today we celebrate what
have been PFC Ralph H. Johnson's 70th birthday. Happy Birthday Ralph and
you for letting us be a part of carrying on your legacy of service,
selflessness and sacrifice.
In the mid-1970's, as I came onto the grounds of the National Naval
Center, Bethesda for a clinic visit, I saw a helicopter land at the
center heliport. A sailor, his wife and two children came down the steps
their luggage. I wondered where they would stay. Living in the D. C.
knew that hotels and motels in the Bethesda area were expensive and
beyond the means of couples such as this one. These thoughts remained on
When my husband became the Chief of Naval Operations
I thought this might be a good time to pursue my dream of providing
temporary housing for families of those facing a medical crisis at
spoke with Mrs. Iris Reiman, then president of the Washington area Naval
Officers Wives Club, and asked her if she would explore how members felt
taking on such a project. She brought up the subject at next meeting and
reported agreement on planning the concept. We originally thought about
an unused or underused building on the medical center grounds which
converted into a place for people to stay on a temporary
1990, my husband received a call from our friend, Zachary Fisher, who
provided generous assistance to families of service personnel beset by
Zachary indicated that he was prepared to expand his support and asked
husband for thoughts on projects he might undertake which would benefit
personnel of all military services. Among other ideas, my husband
dream. Zachary was taken by the concept and we discussed it further. He
"I'm a builder, I have my own architect, we can do this." Things moved
thereafter, bureaucratic hurdles were overcome, a site was identified
first house, and in 1991, the first Fisher House opened with President
Bush joining the Fishers and us at the dedication ceremony. The dream
Zachary Fisher told me later it was the most satisfying
ever done. In a letter to my husband and me in January, 1992, commenting
thank-you letter from a wife who had stayed at Fisher House I at
wrote: "The attached letter says it all. I knew how important the Fisher
would be - but I never imagined how many lives would be changed!"
Elizabeth were true American patriots.
The Young AFCEA members cooked a meal for the House
The Young AFCEA members
for the House
'Tis the season....for giving back! The Young AFCENS had a wonderful
cooking for our Veterans and their families at the Charleston Fisher
tonight! With Jennifer Greenwell, Kristin McCall Smith, Laura Marion and
Seabrook Island Veteran's Day golf outing donation
Third year we are the beneficiaries of the Seabrook Island Veteran's Day
outing for Ralph Johnson VAMC and Fisher House Charleston. Thanks to
Alan Armstrong for all his continuing efforts on behalf of veterans
When families stay at Fisher House Charleston they all
the house looks spotless........but then they find out that the man that
so is that really friendly guy Percy who every now and then will admit
alter ego.......SUPERMAN he even changes with a cell phone!!
Veteran's Day Program at the Rotary Club of Charleston
On November 8, 2018 The VA Medical Center's
Executive Council took some extra time out of their evening to prepare
for the guests at the Fisher House. Tacos and Chili were on the menu!
So today we visited the Charlie James show on WTMA. He
broadcasting from the house from 6 to 10 AM on Friday November 9. During
the air discussions we discussed the type of donations that we could use
guests and how the Fisher House Charleston Radiothon would be
Veteran Paul Goldberg heard the show and immediately stopped by to get
information from Vicki. A short time late he was back from COSTCO. Thank
Paul..you're #1 and thank you WTMA for what promises to be a very
campaign supporting our veterans and their families.
SC Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging presents donation
SC Lieutenant Governor's
Aging presents donation
Mr Darryl Broome, Director South Carolina Lieutenant
Office on Aging presents donation that will provide our guests
between the house and VAMC. A most generous and needed source of funds!
Kent Hutchinson, VAMC Director Scott Isaacks, Mr Broome, Ken Burton
Masonic Lodge No.400 provided dinner for the families
Masonic Lodge No.400
for the families
Our web master Phil Reichner www.pandadigitalagency.com and members of
Masonic Lodge #400 cooked dinner Wednesday night for our guests.
ever! Pictured left to right: Tommy Blackwood, Herb Franklin, Al Couch,
Wagner, Jim Rowan II, James Hartnett, Phil Reichner, Larry Anderson,
Daniel Island Exchange Club visits the Fisher House
Daniel Island Exchange
On Wednesday October 10 the Daniel Island Exchange Club
toured the beautiful new Fisher House of Charleston residence. Pictured
right are Jim Herzog, Joe Delpino, Sandy Dominick, Alexandra Lanza and
Delpino. The busts are of Elizabeth and Zachary Fisher, the original
Fisher House. We are proud to support Fisher House.
Masonic Lodge No.234 of Summerville makes a donation
Masonic Lodge No.234 of
makes a donation
Fisher House Charleston Managers receive a very generous
donation from Summerville Masonic Lodge #234. [L-R] Chris Jackson,
Master James Harmon, Vicki Johnson and Master Mason Tony Lowder. We are
for this support to our veterans and their families.
The Washington Light
the Fisher House
Had a great visit from Washington Light Infantry[WLI]
exploring options to support Fisher House Charleston. Seated Dr W.
Thomason WLI Battalion Surgeon, Standing [L-R] Colonel Carl B. Beckmann
Board of Officers Vice Chairman, LTC Dale Theilling WLI Executive
General James E. Livingston Medal of Honor Recipient and Major General
Siegling WLI Commander
Would you like to cook dinner for the Fisher House?
Crowfield Men's Golf
supports Fisher House
Crowfield Men's Golf Association presents Fisher House
House Manager Vicki Johnson a $600 check from last Saturday's event. Did
mention we also have great volunteers from Crowfield? Thanks to all who
Carolina presents a donation
Judy Hennis President of American Legion Auxiliary South
presents a donation from her year long project supporting Fisher House
Charleston. A huge and generous contribution. We are thankful for this
to our veterans.
Charlie and the Riverdogs players were ready to serve
and their families at Fisher House Charleston today - great food and
us for Fisher House Charleston Night at The Joe this evening.
RiverDogs hosted an Open
For Day Four of Yankees #HOPEWeek Pitchers JP Sears,
Outfielder Steven Sensley, and RiverDogs staff served food and hosted an
House at The Fisher House Charleston with current residents and active
veteran military members.
United Daughters of Confederacy C Irvine Walker Chapter
present a donation to President Josh Strimple......[l-r]Mary Lee
Kinlaw, Linda Sargent, Josh, Carolyn Arnold, Barbara Simmons, Kimberlee
and Martha Lisicki.
We appreciate your support!!
Great day at Wescott, thanks to the Low Country CPOA
Knights from KofC Assembly 3272 Georgetown, SC
their generous donation and toured the house. From left to right: Joe
Charles Sacavage, Bob Hilken and Jim Mc Mahon pose with Zack and
Our Friends at Baldwin & Associates CPA who maintain
financial and tax records made a visit Friday to see what they have been
supporting since 2013. From right to left Dawn Goehring, Scott Schlau,
Dennis and Dawn's father Lou.
Friends of Fisher House - Grand Strand Golf Tournament 2018
Friends of Fisher House
Golf Tournament 2018
I was honored this rainy morning to welcome a packed
golfers / Veterans to the Friends Of Fisher House Charleston/Grand
Tournament at Whispering Pines Golf Course! Thank you to Fred Kane, who
organized this incredible fundraising event for Fisher House Charleston,
has served over 75,000 families of Veterans from 22 coastal counties
medical care in Charleston! Quote of the morning: “There is no charge
Veterans and their families at Fisher House because they have already
price!” God bless Fred Kane and Grand Strand supporters of Fisher House!
bless America’s Veterans!
Carolina One Realty presents $1000 donation to BOD
Crawford. A great big Thank you to L-R Andie Weathers, Lina Costanzo,
Pollock, Charlie Aikman, Jean Acsell, [Bob], Tom Tillery Jackie Parker
provided catered meal
Palmetto Military Support Group provided catered evening
60 Bull Cafe and toured the house before having a social at 60 Bull
Cafe.......PMSG Board Member Col Judi Hughes USAF ret chats with House
Vicki Johnson and Kent
Fisher House gives back to service members, veterans
Fisher House Charleston
service members, veterans
BEAUFORT, SC, UNITED STATES
Story by Cpl. Ashley Phillips
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
The Fisher House Charleston is a resource available to service
veterans, and their families to utilize while they’re receiving medical
treatment at the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center which
nearly 75,000 veterans and service members from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to
“We needed a Fisher House in Charleston for a very long time,” said
Johnson, the Fisher House manager. “Our medical center serves areas that
or two and a half hours away. Hotels in Charleston are expensive and a
our veterans can’t afford hotels especially if they are staying in the
for long periods of time.”
According to Johnson, the community came together to raise money to
purchase the land that the Fisher House now sits on.
“They raised $4 million to purchase this property and donate it to
said Johnson. “We then partnered with the Fisher House Foundation who
and built and furnished the house.”
The Fisher House has 16 suits available to families as well as a
service, and a fully stocked kitchen. The VA runs the house but the
the Fisher House raise money to provide the extra amenities at the
also provide a taxi service to and from the medical center.
“I have volunteers who will go pick up the groceries, prepare
meals, and do
all of the special things we like to do here for the service members,”
Johnson. “We really try to take care of not only the lodging, but any
they might have so they can focus on getting better and going home. I
absolutely important for the veterans who are receiving care to have
family members with them.”
According to the Fisher House website, “Family is the best
states that the proximity of family to an individual receiving medical
only speeds up recovery, but also reduces the likelyhood of readmission.
“For some of these couples who come here they have been together
years and it would be the first time they are ever apart,” said Johnson.
they travel from so far away it is important to have their loved one
know that they are being taken care of at the Fisher House. At times
the families it is a comfort to have the other families here who
they are going through.”
For one couple, Danny and Alice Turner who have been married for
years, the importance of being able to be together at the Fisher House
“We didn’t know what we were going to do because we have to be here
seven weeks,” said Alice. “We called the Fisher House and they told us
a place for us and meals were prepared for us. Ever since we got here it
been so amazing. All of the things we thought we would have to worry
been taken care of.”
The couple travels over two hours on the weekends to stay at the
House while receiving care at the medical center. After their first
the house they described how they were actually looking forward to
the Fisher House.
“I am 67 years old and I can tell you that this is the nicest place
ever stayed in my entire life,” said Danny. “Alice and I have been
coming up on 29 years now and I can say it’s been a big comfort to have
here. I am so thankful for her and for us to be able to stay at the
Local VFW, Cracker
Fisher House By:By Jenna-Ley Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org Mar
Updated Mar 7, 2018
When Milinda Anderson learned of a way to help the
Fisher House in Charleston, a home-away-from-home for families of sick
she jumped at the opportunity.
Her mind immediately flooded with memories of her grandpa, a World
The retail manager of the Cracker Barrel store in Summerville,
contacted last month by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 3433 in
about donating hand-painted rocking chairs for the Fisher House front
"When they said 'the Fisher House,' that was all they had to say,"
The home is the first of its kind in the state, though 76 others
across the country, and is used to house sick veterans' families, or the
themselves if need be, according to Vicki Johnson, house manager and
veteran of the U.S. Air Force. It's also the first Fisher House located
Looking for a way to help the inaugural facility, VFW officials said
worked out the deal with the local eatery, only expecting to secure two
chairs maximum. But six total chairs, each displaying a symbol of a
military branch, now rest on the home's porch, giving visitors who lodge
place for outdoor respite.
Since opening its doors on Jan. 10, the Fisher House has welcomed
60 veterans' families in need of a free place to stay while a loved one
care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, MUSC and any other
the Lowcountry and 22 total coastal counties, Johnson said. The home has
total suites and averages 10 to 11 families per night.
"If you ever see the Fisher House, then you'll know. It's not a
a home," said Beth Tuft, guard for the S.C. Auxiliary Department.
Without the lodging, many families who can't afford multiple nights
hotel would have to sleep in their cars in parking lots, according to
Summerville Mayor Wiley Johnson, also an Air Force veteran, praised
"We're here to honor Cracker Barrel for being such a good citizen,
looking forward to having more and more," he said of future town
Both Wiley Johnson and Vicki Johnson attended a special luncheon at
restaurant on Friday to honor Anderson, who couldn't help but tear up
ladies presented her with a special plaque.
"We had no place to put our family up," Anderson said about her
hospital stay in Charleston during the 1980s.
Also in attendance Friday, and proudly dressed in patriotic colors
symbols, were state leaders from The Military Order of the Cootie
several Ladson VFW Auxiliary members.
The Fisher House relies solely on community donations to operate,
Johnson said the local one has received financial support from thousands
organizations, many of them veteran-related.
For more information on volunteering or donating, call 843-805-8200;
the website;or find Friends of Fisher House Charleston/Grand Strand on
An opportunity of a lifetime… that’s how I would describe
the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Fisher House Manager. After
years in the Air Force and moving to Charleston after retirement, I was
work at VA. I started in the Public Affairs office and then moved to
Service, before being selected as the first manager of Fisher House
It’s absolutely the best job I’ve ever had! After deploying twice to
and a trip to Iraq, I knew that when I retired I still wanted to serve
capacity, and working at Fisher House allows me to do just that. Now I
serve the families of the men and women who have served our country. The
members may not have worn a uniform but they still sacrificed as they
the Servicemember, and this is my opportunity to thank and support them.
Our Fisher House is located in historical downtown Charleston at 150
Wentworth Street. It is the first three-story Fisher House and is also
to be built in a residential community. We have 16 suites to accommodate
families and a common kitchen, dining room and living room area.
at Fisher House at no cost for as long as the Veteran is hospitalized.
referred to us through the Veteran’s social worker.
As we all know, hotels in Charleston are expensive, especially if
to stay several days or even weeks. If you add to that, the cost of food
other necessities, it can easily become overwhelming and add significant
pressure to an already difficult situation. The Fisher House staff and
volunteers are here to help alleviate some of the stress. Whether it’s
coordinating with a social worker, helping with luggage, giving
preparing meals or baking cookies, the Fisher House team is ready to
also have many wonderful partners in the community who donate to us so
can provide the “little extras” that truly make it feel like home.
generosity of our donors, we have luggage racks, irons, ironing boards,
clothes hangers and many other amenities in each guest’s room, not to
fully stocked pantry and refrigerator.
We opened the doors for our first families nearly two month ago on
Since then, over 60 families have stayed at Fisher House, some for only
or two, others for nearly seven weeks. It provides families, who are
similar situations, with the opportunity to mourn, bond, cope, heal, and
together. The families are overwhelmed to have such a wonderful place to
and so grateful to the Fisher Family and our community for their
making this possible. …because a family’s love is good medicine.
AFCEAN makes a donation
Young AFCEAN's (The Armed Forces Communications and
Association) continue to support Fisher Charleston. President Josh
receives $4317 check from [L-R] Laura Dunham, Kristin Smith, Valerie
and Jennifer Greenwell. Thanks for all their fund raising efforts
Josh and Kent receive the latest donation from our great
from Palmetto Chapter Women in Defense [L-R] Valerie Warnock, Amanda
Stewart,Kristin Smith, Kelly Russ and Maura Boselowitz. First
our new house!
We were so excited to cut the ribbon today on our new
and we are even more excited to welcome our first families into the home
Thank you to Fisher House Foundation, The Fisher House Charleston, the
donors and the Charleston community for their support to make this
Seabrook Island Club donates $7,500 during Golf Tournament
Special thanks to the Seabrook Island Club for their
$7500 to our VA Medical Center and soon-to-open Fisher House Charleston.
golf tournament is an annual event with proceeds benefiting our Veterans
families. We are grateful for their spirit of giving and wonderful
as we care for our Nation’s Heroes. #HonoringVets
We just popped on by to check on things at the site and
by one of the wonderful construction crew members beginning the framing
Fisher House Charleston. Andres says the building will be entirely
Women in Defense contribute to Fisher House Charleston
Women in Defense
The Palmetto Chapter of Women in Defense [WID-PC]
support Fisher House Charleston. One of our earliest supporters, they
raised over $15,000!
Attending the 150 Wentworth St. $3048 check presentation from their
recent fund raisers are [Back row L-R] Amanda Stewart, Whitney Bridges,
Boselowitz and [Front row L-R] Kristin Smith and Rachel Link
The Dennis J Becker American Legion Post 205 recently
tournament for the benefit of Fisher House Charleston.
Courtney Peoples Post Commander presents a $750 check from the
Kent Hutchingson, Co-Chairman/Treasurer of Fisher House Charleston. Also
visiting 150 Wentworth [l-r] are Adjutant Michael Miranda, past Post
Bob Sterling, and Second Vice Commander Davis Leite.
We are looking forward to their next tournament at Rose Hill on
College of Charleston’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity
raised and donated over $5000 to Fisher House Charleston from their 5th
This great support, of over $24,000 to date, will continue as the
becomes operational later this year.
Present at the check presentation ceremony are Patrick Smith
site supervisor, Fisher House Charleston Co-Chairman/Treasurer Kent
and Phi Gam brothers, Charles Cross and Mike De Wolfe
Phi Gamma Delta supports
during Philanthropy Week
College of Charleston’s Phi Gamma Delta is excited to
5th Annual Fiji Islander Philanthropy week will be April 3-7! And we are
extremely honored that they have chosen to support Fisher House
2017 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Citizen Honors
What a wonderful and well deserved honor for the
FOUNDATION to receive the 2017 Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Co-Founder of Fisher House Charleston, Durbin Emerson says,
“Every day I
count our blessing that we are associated with such a remarkable
Since 2008, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society has
citizens and community organizations for their acts of courage and
service which epitomize the American spirit.This year they have
Fisher House Foundation as the community organization recipient of
2017 Citizen Honor Award. The recognition ceremony will be at Joint
Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on National Medal of
Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Harley Davidson of
supports Fisher House Charleston.
On the 8th of October 2016, the Low Country Harley
Store in North Charleston held the 4th Chili Cook-Off competition
benefit of Fisher House Charleston. Marketing manager Kelly Carroll
the $1744 check from the proceeds to Kent Hutchinson. We treasure
relationship which began with Durbin an Trux Emerson since 2013.
Every day we get closer to helping veteran families.
looking at today’s demolition progress, it is hard to believe that
Fisher House Charleston’s Groundbreaking ceremony was roughly two
This philanthropic arm of the Dominion Companies
supports numerous programs, volunteer activities and charitable
the communities they serve with $20 Million that is derived from
The main focus is to improve physical, social, and economic well
of the communities served with emphasis on Basic Human Needs,
Protection, Education and Community Vitality.
Groundbreaking The Fisher House Charleston’s Groundbreaking ceremony, on 18
2016, was expressed best by co-founder, Durbin Emerson, when she
“Friday was an experience I am not sure I will ever be able to fully
describe to anyone, but it was amazing!”
And that it was.
We were reminded of the history of how securing a much needed
House in Charleston was an impossible feat due to the limited land
peninsula, where the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is located.
three angels [Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (ret.), Truxtun
and Durbin Emerson] had a brilliant plan to make the impossible
The Master of Ceremonies was Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC
The Invocation was delivered by Maj. Gen. Charles C. Baldwin, USAF
Keynote Speaker was The Honorable Sloan D. Gibson, Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Remarks were made by Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO, Fisher House
Foundation; Durbin E. Emerson, Co-Founder of Fisher House
Wiggins, Network Director, VA Southeast Network; Scott Isaacks,
Director and CEO, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center; The Honorable
Tecklenburg, Mayor of Charleston. Co-Founder, T. Truxtun Emerson,
to attend personally, but was able to be a part of the day via
Trux’s video here.
Thank you to all that were in attendance. Big thank you’s to
for their continual support. If you were unable to attend in person,
the Groundbreaking Ceremony via Facebook Live Stream. (courtesy of
Charleston VA Medical Center
Fisher House Charleston
Fisher House Charleston will provide a comfortable refuge for
of patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Ralph H.
provides health care for Veterans in 14 coastal counties from Myrtle
South Carolina to Hinesville, Georgia and is one of the most highly
hospitals in the country. The purpose of Charleston’s Fisher House
demonstrate how we care for those who have served by eliminating
board expenses to Veteran families while keeping them safe and close
their loved one as the Veteran receives medical care. Once
Charleston facility will be a 16-suite home-away-from-home for these
Fisher House Charleston is a true community effort that started
local grass-roots movement lead by Trux and Durbin Emerson. Over the
four years, they have worked tirelessly to ensure land was purchased
donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and forged a strong
partnership with both the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and the
House Foundation to make this dream a reality.
Fisher House Foundation
Since its establishment in 1990 by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher,
House Foundation has built 71 Fisher Houses internationally,
including 31 VA
Fisher Houses, located at 29 VA facilities in the United States.
Fisher House fiscal year end 2016 highlights include:
22,881 families accommodated.
Over $3 million in lodging costs saved for VA Fisher House
8,083 volunteers provided 44,902 hours of service to directly
On November 13th, Kent Hutchinson, was privileged to
Charleston’s Eliza Lucas Pinckney Chapter of the NSDAR on Fisher
Charleston’s status. Following the briefing, Ms. Mary Lucas
chapter’s support to our military with a $500 donation to Fisher
We look forward to continuing support and interface with the
The Seabrook Island Golf Club hosted the
Exchange Club Veteran’s Day Golf Outing. Over $9000 was was donated
Ralph Johnson VAMC/Fisher House Charleston Team. Much thanks to
Armstrong who organized this annual event.
Over 60 veterans were feted during the Fisher House
Veteran’s Day golf outing. Medal of Honor recipient MG Livingston
addresses the players prior to the playing of the National Anthem.
Veterans played for free while major funds were raised for the
house which will open in 2017.
November 18th: Fisher House Charleston's Groundbreaking
On November 18, 2016, please celebrate with us the
GROUNDBREAKING for Charleston’s long awaited Fisher House where
much longer we will finally welcome Veterans and their families to
home away from home. After a year of taking into consideration all
feedback from individual, city and state consulting parties, the
House Charleston has been entirely redesigned to be more
compatible with the historic neighborhood where it will be built.
Ken Zachary and Jerry Stumbras of the Del Webb Golf
Alan Fisher and John Sisto of the Del Webb Veteran’s Club present
Hutchinson checks totaling $5000 from the October 24th golf outing
Author of BLADES OF THUNDER (BOOK ONE), retired Army
Lt. Colonel W. Larry Dandridge was recognized, along with 11 other
area seniors, yesterday by The Greater Charleston Chapter of
in Place (NAIPC) Council as a low country SC community role model.
Larry was specifically recognized for his volunteer work and his
commitment to live life to the fullest as a Patient Adviser
Volunteer at the
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center; his volunteer work helping
veterans, and their families as the VP of Veteran Affairs and Past
of the Charleston, SC Chapter of the Association of the US Army
for his efforts as an avid fund raiser for FISHER HOUSE CHARLESTON.
His latest book, BLADES OF THUNDER (BOOK ONE), was written to
awareness and money for FISHER HOUSE CHARLESTON, to honor the 42
his flight class who gave the last full measure in Vietnam, and to
commemorate 50 years since America’s longest and most controversial
Larry’s book sales, his motivational speeches, and book signings
more than $60,000.00 for FISHER HOUSE CHARLESTON in the past year.
Nominations for this honor were based on the following criteria:
Continuing to learn.
Getting satisfaction from life.
Service to others.
Other notable qualities
Generous Donation from Ft. Sumter Life Members Club
Life Members Club
Ft. Sumter Life Members Club President Martin Duane
Secretary Luki Wong present Co-Chairman Kent Hutchinson a generous
of $5000. The club has a history of supporting a number of Low
Charities and expressed interest in opportunities to continue
the house opens.
Cane Bay Del Webb Vetmates, Maggie Johnson and
Harris present Kent Hutchinson a check for $2485. The funds were
the Memorial Day Poppy donations and the Duck Races held during the
July Picnic. Cane Bay Del Webb has been a regular supporter and the
golf group is sponsoring an October 24 Golf Tournament at Crowfield
next fund raiser for Fisher House Charleston.
We truly appreciate their continuous enthusiasm and support!
Trux, Kent and Durbin get ready to receive check[s]
over $11,000 from William Mc Daniel and the rest of the committee
James Island Yacht Club 5K Run/Walk and Golf Cart Race held May
Ann Aimars [ctr] ran the Kentucky Derby Marathon in April and raised
$5500 for Fisher House Charleston the balance was raised from the
events and donations.
Who said fund raising can’t be fun?
Fisher House Charleston is blessed to such fun and dedicated
2016 Golf Classic
Fisher House Charleston
The Fisher House Foundation sponsors an annual golf
Leesburg, Virginia as their single fundraiser each year. This year
Fisher House Foundation has chosen to dedicate the entire proceeds
event to the Fisher House Charleston project in Charleston, SC. The
of this Fisher House will be 150 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC.
conclusion of this very successful golf tournament the Foundation
that this year’s event raised $680,000+ and broke their record on
auction items. The entire project is estimated to cost over
including the land.
The Fisher House Foundation was founded over 25 years ago. The
purpose of any Fisher House is to provide free lodging for the
wounded soldiers being treated at nearby Medical Centers located on
lands. The Fisher House Charleston will serve the families of the
from Myrtle Beach, SC to Savannah, GA. This area encompasses 22
counties which serves more than 50,000 veteran families.
There were over 200 golfers and many sponsors who contributed to
fabulous success of this fundraiser. There were many volunteers who
untold hours in preparation for this day. All of them turned out to
this special day seamlessly successful.
Thank you Fisher House Foundation for all you have done and will
shortly for our Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Fisher House
and all of the veteran families it will serve.
Lowcountry Giving Day is a 24-hour period of
work of our local Lowcountry nonprofit organizations to be held May
With each dollar donated to Fisher House Charleston through
text.gives/fisherhouse or through www.lowcountrygivingday.org, a
gift will be provided by a very generous catalyst donor. Double each
you give to help make Fisher House a reality by donating through
Giving Day. Schedule your donation today! Make a difference for our
and their families during their time of need!
Last year, over $6.7 million was raised for a variety of
help the Lowcountry become a better place to live, grow, create and
This year, more than 350 nonprofit organization are participating,
more donors and gifts than ever before.
Lowcountry Giving Day is making it simpler than ever for donors
nonprofits to engage. Donations can now be received through a simple
A simple new way for donors to give. Donors simply text
33923 or visit text.gives/fisherhouse or www.lowcountrygivingday.org
select ‘Fisher House Charleston’ to make your donation to be matched
Together we can better serve the needs of those from Horry
Savannah who call the Lowcountry home, including our veterans and
families during their time of need.
Renovation Ideas for
Stable - Fisher House Charleston
Architect, Skip Wallace, with co-founder Durbin
examines the historic stable at 150 Wentworth St. This initial trip
extremely fruitful in planning renovation ideas which includes
needed storage space as well as creating a library or interpretive
include historic books on Charleston and the Lowcountry. We hope to
the first conceptual drawings within a few weeks. There will
modifications, but these drawings will be the basis of an
for our veteran families.
Our very own Trux and Durbin Emerson, Founders of
Charleston, eagerly accepted the invitation to the christening of
Ralph Johnson in Pascagoula, Mississippi on April 2, 2016.
Ralph H. Johnson died in the Vietnam War at age 19 in the US
Corps as he heroically smothered a hand grenade with his body to
comrades and his Company. He was awarded the Medal of Honor
Our Veterans hospital here in Charleston is named after Ralph
native son of Charleston.
Also in attendance of this momentous occasion was: Mrs Helen
Richards, sister of Ralph H. Johnson; The Honorable Roger Wicker,
States Senator, Mississippi; Vice Admiral Ted Branch, USN;
General Ronald Bailey, USMC; and keynote speaker, The Honarable Sean
The March 30th Grand Strand Reception in Myrtle Beach
House Charleston was a success. Thank you to Col. Larkin and Lani
opening their beautiful home! Special thanks to Deanna McClary for
she and Clebe planted to make this possible. We also would like to
acknowledge Fred and Dianne Kane for their big hearts and their
to step up to help spread the word about the need for a Fisher House
Charleston. And to Trux and Durbin Emerson for their devotion to
the first Fisher House to South Carolina. A majority of the Veterans
their families who will use Fisher House Charleston, once it’s
be from the Grand Strand and Beaufort areas. Let’s get this house
contribute, log on to www.fisherhousecharleston.org
A committee is being formed under the leadership of Fred Kane
for a golf
tournament to be held this Fall in the Grand Strand area to benefit
House Charleston. For more information, email Fred Kane at
Mary Anne Aimar of the James Island Yacht Club will
participating in the Kentucky Derby Marathon (26.2 miles) in
Lexington KY on
23 April 2016. She is running in support of the Fisher House
is asking that you support her and the Fisher House Charleston by
pledging$1, $3 or $5 per mile. Pledge sheets will be available at
the bar at
the Yacht Club. You may write a check to Fisher House or charge your
to your bar tab.
Fisher House Charleston, which is close to begin construction,
allow the families of Veterans of the Armed Forces and Merchant
place to stay while their loved one is treated at the Ralph Johnson
Center in Charleston. Your donation will show our Veterans that you
appreciate their service to our country and their sacrifice.
Show your support of Mary Anne as she runs for Charleston’s
House. Please share her commitment and dedication in her endeavor.
Stay tuned for information on the James Island Yacht Club’s 2nd
Fun Run and Golf Cart Rally Poker Run benefiting the Fisher House
scheduled for May 21, 2016
Durbin Emerson, Co-Founder of Fisher House
next to our new sign at 150 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC. This
the location of the Fisher House Charleston. This Fisher House will
first Fisher House in South Carolina and will serve the families of
veterans from Myrtle Beach, SC to Savannah, GA. There are an
55,000 veteran families in this region. Fisher House Charleston will
veteran families an estimated $1,000,000 per year in lodging costs
Scottish Society of Charelston's Robert Burns Annual
Scottish Society of
Robert Burns Annual Supper
The Scottish Society of Charleston generously
and invited Fisher House Charleston’s founders, Trux and Durbin
make a presentation at the annual Robert Burns Supper. The goal of
House Charleston is to raise $4.5 million to acquire and prepare a
in Charleston for construction of a Fisher House to accommodate
patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
With the amazing Fisher House Charleston Veterans Day
Celebration we are dubbing the “Miracle at the Marriott”, along with
$100,000 donation from residents of Bishop Gadsden, more than
from Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and the amazing efforts of our 3rd
House Charleston Golf Tournament, we have had an INCREDIBLE past few
Please join me in sharing the following stories of our success
images of the Veterans Day Celebration on your own social media as
the word out to encourage the pubic’s support of our efforts to
first Fisher House in Charleston. Please “Like” our Facebook Page:
Fisher House Charleston” to be able tag our page in the post. And
hashtag #FisherHouseCharleston and the website www.FisherHouseCharleston.org
to encourage contributions through our website.
With almost $3 million raised so far, we are SO CLOSE! We hope
up our fundraising efforts with the 2016 FIsher House Golf Classic
held May 2nd in Leesburg, VA with all proceeds benefiting Fisher
Charleston. It is our hope to make that event as successful as
if you know companies who want to be aligned with Fisher House and
incredible sponsorship opportunities, please contact me. We want as
corporations to be engaged as possible, so please let me know if you
connections. I’ve attached the sponsorship brochure outlining the
The links to recent news articles are below:
Post and Courier (Monday Business Section under Corporate
Charleston Regional Business Journal – Tips Sheet: Link
Island Connection (Kiawah/Seabrook) and Island Eye News
of Palms) – Article: Link
Full edition of Islander Connection (including article on Page 9
thank you ad on Page 11): Click Here
Holy City Sinner: Fisher House Charleston Marks Season of
Pictures from the 2015 Fisher House Charleston
Images sized for social media in link below. They can be
shared on Facebook or other Social Media.
And with the launch today of the #Sing2Salute social
campaign by Walmart now through December 22, you can help Fisher
Foundation received $1.5 Million in support for all Fisher Houses.
on how to participate are here: Link
Lastly, we have a contribution of 100 posters to encourage
support of our efforts to compliment the billboards in the outlying
promoting our website. Please let me know if you have a prime
hang a poster or are willing to help distribute to downtown
retail businesses, restaurants and barber shops – anywhere with good
‘Tis the Season for generosity in support and appreciation of
Veterans and their families!
Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community in Charleston,
Carolina: November 10, 2015. These are all the veterans living at
Gadsden. Several have served this great nation in three wars: WW2,
The entire community has chosen Fisher House Charleston as their
choice for their annual charity drive. As a result they presented
FHC with a
check for $100,000. Since that day they have donated a total gift of
We thank all of the Bishop Gadsden community for their
support of Fisher House Charleston.
Fisher House Charleston receives $600,000 in Donations
$600,000 in Donations
CHARLESTON, SC – November 25, 2015, Fisher House
one step closer to making the building at 150 Wentworth Street a
Donations from local organizations and an annual event raised more
$600,000 in just the last month.
“To say we are overjoyed would be an understatement,” said
Emerson, Co-Founder of Fisher House Charleston, a facility that
free housing for families of patients at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical
“We believe passionately in this project and the money raised in the
month is helping the organization get that much closer to serving
of veterans’ families.”
Bishop Gadsden residents recently raised $100,000 at their
fundraiser, and elected to make Fisher House the recipient.
On Veterans Day, the Fisher House Charleston held their annual
its live auction generated more than $500,000 in donations.
Meanwhile, Phi Gama Delta fraternity at the College of
to raise funds for the Fisher House during an annual donation drive.
week of events, they presented Fisher House Charleston with a check
than $17,200. Skyler Patrick, President of Phi Gamma Delta, noted:
the most money we have ever raised. We wanted to donate to the
Charleston because we believe in their organization and are happy to
them reach their goal.”
The Fisher House Charleston project will provide a comfortable
for families of patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
House Charleston will relieve the burden of costly hotel stays so
families can focus on what is really important: visiting their
in the hospital and not having to sleep in their vehicles or in the
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, located in historic
Charleston, is one of the most highly rated VA hospitals in the
Ralph H. Johnson serves more than 4,500 veteran inpatients annually
coastal counties from Myrtle Beach, SC to Savannah, GA. Charleston
beautiful tourist-welcoming location—with that comes high dollar
accommodations. Not all visitors to Charleston are on vacation and
afford vacation rates.