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Columns Society Rhythm Pax

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Project ended on March 21, at 02:56 PM CDT
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Columns Society Rhythm Pax

Bring the Healing Power of Music to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital

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When you give to the Columns Society Rhythm Pax philanthropy effort, you're supporting much more than some of UM's top students. You're contributing to the health and happiness of children fighting serious illnesses at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that music works in concert with medicine to augment healing. In addition, making music with their families can bring happiness at a time when sick children need it most.

For years now, the students of the Columns Society have committed themselves to these children by bringing gifts of musical instruments to their hospital rooms.

Your gifts can support this uplifting work!

What is a Rhythm Pax?

Each Rhythm Pax is a canvas sack filled with age-appropriate percussion instruments, as well as other music-related items. Each bag includes a Kalimba (a thumb piano), sound shapes, rain sticks, bells, triangles, hand bells, Blue Man/Stomp DVD, finger drum, Team Luke medal, Team Luke informational DVD and an iTunes gift card.

Photo provided by Team Luke

About Columns Society

The Columns Society is a student group composed of men and women who serve as the official hosts and hostesses for the University of Mississippi. The group is based upon the principles of humble service, leadership and integrity. The Columns Society serves the University at all functions where it is desired to have students welcome and accompany guests and visitors.

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About Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital

Batson Children’s Hospital on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, which is part of the University of Mississippi, is the only medical facility in the state devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick and injured children and adolescents. The hospital averages 9,000 admissions a year, and nearly 80,000 children are treated in its clinics and emergency room annually. Patients come from all of Mississippi’s 82 counties to receive comprehensive medical care for everything from common childhood illnesses to serious trauma and life-threatening or chronic illnesses.

Batson Children's Hospital provides care in more than 30 specialty areas, including newborn medicine, pediatric cardiology, neurology and surgery. It houses the state’s only pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department, along with Mississippi's only pediatric treatment programs for cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, congenital heart defects and more.

Construction is nearing completion on a new $180 million pediatrics tower adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital, further expanding top-tier medical care for Mississippi’s youngest citizens when it opens later this year.

Please support our philanthropic efforts to raise funds to provide Rhythm Pax to patients of Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital!

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12 Years of Columns

Honor the work that the Columns Society has done over the last 12 years to help children heal and connect with music.


28 Members

The Columns Society consists of 28 members: 14 men and 14 women. Consider contributing $28 in honor of each member.


Healing Children for 52 years

Dr. Blair E. Batson urged the University of Mississippi Medical to open its first dedicated children's hospital in 1968. The rest is history.


One Bag, One Child

Each Rhythm Pax costs $80 to assemble. Your gift can bring the joy of music to a child!


The Columns of the Lyceum

The Columns Society's name reflects the 172-year history of the University of Mississippi Lyceum, the first building on campus, built in 1848. The Lyceum is the heart of the University.


One Quarter Down, Three to Go

With just a $500 gift, you'll take the Rhythm Pax campaign one quarter of the way towards our $2,000 goal.

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