The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa has awarded Arkansas Children's a $2 million grant to advance child health.
In a news release, Arkansas Children's said the grant will support the Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute, the state's only comprehensive pediatric heart institute. The institute recently opened two new, highly advanced biplane catheterization labs and gained 3D printing capabilities.
Each year, Arkansas Children’s performs around 900 cardiac catheterization procedures and heart surgeries, including transplantation, according to the release.
The Mabee Foundation has given a total of $6.7 million to Arkansas Children's since 1987.
"Their unwavering support fuels our mission of making a lasting impact on the children of Arkansas and throughout the region," said Enid Olvey, president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation.
The Mabee Foundation was formed in 1948 by Missouri natives and Oklahoma residents John and Lottie Mabee. The foundation has issued more than $1.5 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
"Empowering organizations like Arkansas Children's is at the heart of the Mabee Foundation's purpose," Mike Goeke, executive director of the Mabee Foundation, said in the release. "The legacy of J.E. and L.E. Mabee encouraged a spirit of giving from everyone – and that has helped to foster a lasting impact that ensures sustainability for the future."