When the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital opens in November, a room on the sports-themed 10th floor for young surgical patients will recognize the Grand Island community.
As a community, Grand Island has raised $25,000 for the new children's hospital and is the only community to have a room named for it.
The community will celebrate its achievement during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Grand Island High School.
Stacey Schroeder Watt, chief of service, anesthesia at Children's Hospital attended Grand Island Central Schools and her daughters attend William Kaegebein Elementary. Watt mentioned the fundraiser, and school principal Mary Haggerty proposed a district-wide read-a-thon, which raised $10,000 with 2,890 students participating.
Grand Island businesses and residents raised another $15,000.