To celebrate the grand opening, several celebrities were asked to draw a picture of an elephant to adorn the walls of the facility. Scott Hamilton showed off some of the contributions of luminaries such as Tom Hanks, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Ray Romano, Ron Howard, Bill Cosby, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Mayer, Cindy Crawford, Nolan Ryan, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Tony Hawk, Marlo Thomas, Barbara Bush, Garfield creator Jim Davis and The Saturday Early Show's own Ira Joe Fisher.
Hamilton explains that elephants represent family, long life, strength and playfulness. That's why they serve as a mascot for Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Life-sized elephant water fountain sculptures greet guests and families at the entrance to the grounds and an elephant art exhibition will be part of the grand opening celebration on November 20. The unit added 46 family and specialty rooms.
Hamilton says he is involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital because he believes in community service and charity. He also knows the feeling of living with the threat to cancer. Both he and his mother had cancer.
In 1998, he sponsored the first Scott Hamilton Circle of Friends Invitational, a celebrity golf tournament to raise funds for St. Jude and Target House. The money was used to build the Scott Hamilton Fitness Center with child-scaled equipment and an arts-and-crafts room for all ages. Hamilton says it's a place where kids and adults can work out together. It's especially good for the families to relieve stress. And the plastic weights used there are safer for kids.