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30 years of miracles for kids in eastern North Carolina Annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Broadcast raises $1,083,593

June 01, 2015 posted by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Miracle children and their stories of remarkable courage during life-threatening illnesses and injuries helped make the 30th annual Celebration Broadcast a tremendous success.

Thanks to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ longtime television partner, WITN, which produces the two-day fund raiser, this year’s miracle children were able to share their heartwarming stories of complex illnesses and traumatic injuries and the quality medical care they received from James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center.

The theme of this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign has been “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are,” which shows how important donations are in helping shape a healthier tomorrow for patients served at Maynard Children’s Hospital.

Major contributors to the yearly event, held May 29 and 31 to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, featured contributions from long-time supporters from across eastern North Carolina that included Walmart / Sam’s Clubs and Log-A-Load for Kids. Loyal Greenville contributors included The Service League of Greenville and the 107.9 Music for Miracles Radiothon.

“It is amazing to see eastern North Carolina come through with tremendous support and generosity for sick and injured children year after year,” said Parker Overton, chair of the Vidant Health and Vidant Medical Center Foundation boards, of which Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a part. “To all those who made a donation or gave of their time to volunteer for the event, we give our heartfelt thanks. Because of the generosity of others, a tremendous difference will be made in many children’s lives here in eastern North Carolina who may need Children’s Hospital.”

The Celebration Broadcast featured guests and sponsors who have contributed during the past year, as well as callers who pledged their support.

The Music for Miracles Radiothon on Classic Hits 107.9 WNCT raised more than $103,959 during the 18th year of their special event. This year’s event included a generous challenge match provided by Dubose National Energy Services.

The largest donor to this year’s campaign came from The Service League of Greenville who continued their longtime support of CMN Hospitals with a donation of $250,000. This year’s donation brings the total amount The Service League of Greenville has contributed to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to $3,822,033.

Other major donors and their gifts were Walmart/Sam’s Clubs with $160,644; Log-A-Load for Kids with $100,000; Jersey Mike’s Subs (eastern North Carolina stores) with $38,137; and local Food Lion stores with $38,025.

Several local fundraising initiatives proved successful for this year’s campaign, including Bryson’s Birdies for Kids that raised $25,000; The International Taste of Greenville with $19,620; Dance Arts Theatre’s Nutcracker Ballet with $19,247; Piper’s Promise with $7,600; and Extra Life with $5,967.

Other campaign contributors were Carmike Cinemas with $21,267; Dairy Queen with $14,793; RE/MAX with $10,060; The Electric Cooperatives of Eastern Carolina with $10,000; Rite Aid with $8,843; Pepsi/Minges Bottling Group; Potash Corporation; Eastern Radiologists, Inc.; and Harris, Creech, Ward and Blackerby, P.A. each contributed $5,000.

A special gift of $10,000 was presented by Melvin Butler of Roanoke Rapids in memory of his wife of 55 years, Frances, who passed away in December, 2011. The Butlers have been longtime supporters of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Additional gifts were from Securities Lending Hand Foundation with $4,000; Phi Mu Chapter of ECU with $3,659; Greater Greenville Kiwanis Club with $3,474; IHOP with $2,833; Pungo Christian Academy with $2,500; Ace Hardware with $2,122; Grady White Boats with $2,000; Greenville Little Leagues with $1,544; Ollie’s Bargain Outlet with $1,518; Veneer Technologies, Inc. with $1,400; Vidant Edgecombe Blue Jeans for Babies with $1,101; ECU Panhellenic Council with $1,090; brothers, Arun and Ajay Ajmera each with $1,050, and Combined Federal Campaign with $1,005. Aldridge and Southerland Realtors, LJ Construction; Greenville Pediatrics, and the Kiwanis Club of Greenville each gave $1,000.

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