A Legacy of Giving: Arizona Elks Major Projects Donates $125,000 to the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center  has received $125,000 from the Arizona Elks Major Projects.

UA Steele Center director Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, holds check donated by AEMP; also pictured are Peggy Rowley, UA Steele Center advisory board chair, and Al Skorupski, Arizona Elks Major Project executive director.Al Skorupski, executive director of the Arizona Elks Major Projects, presented the check to Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, director of the UA Steele Center, at the December advisory board meeting.

This donation is part of the Elks’ commitment to raise $2.5 million for the UA Steele Center over the next 10 years.

Since 1991, the Elks have raised more than $5 million for the UA Steele Center. They have supported basic science research, education and clinical programs.

“We are so grateful for the Elks’ continued support,” said Dr. Ghishan. “They are truly our partners in improving children’s health, and we could not move forward without them.”

The Elks have committed to support the following UA Steele Center research areas and programs:

• Basic science research in autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.
• Establishing the UA Steele Children’s Translational Research Center in Phoenix.
• Establishing the Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Statewide Pediatric Research.

“The 30,000 individuals who are members of the Arizona Elks Association are proud to support the UA Steele Center’s efforts to improve children's health,” said Al Skorupski, executive director of the Arizona Elks Major Projects. “Establishing the UA Steele Children’s Translational Research Center in Phoenix, supporting research and creating a new endowed chair are important steps to help children in Arizona who are struggling with illness and disease.”