CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital is forming a partnership with Carnival Cruise lines, which sails regularly from Charleston.
Hospital and Carnival officials gathered Monday to make the announcement. The partnership will include a number of in-kind and monetary donations by the line as well as fundraisers.
Under the partnership, Carnival's involvement includes:
"We are excited to expand our partnership with MUSC Children's Hospital after a fun tie-in at last year's Cooper River Bridge Run," said Mike Julius, managing director U.S. sales for Carnival.
"We are looking forward to the positive impact of this partnership," said Dr. Ray Greenberg, MUSC president. "Since becoming a greater part of our business and tourism community this year, Carnival Cruise Lines is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the Charleston area."
Last May the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy arrived in Charleston, becoming the first cruise liner to be based permanently on South Carolina's coast.
Cruises this year will mean an estimated $37 million to the economy in South Carolina where tourism is an $18 billion business.
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