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33 Years of Miracles for Kids in Eastern North Carolina

June 04, 2018 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 33rd annual Celebration Broadcast a tremendous success.

Thanks to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ longtime television partner, WITN, which produces the two-day fundraiser, 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.

This also marked the 16th year that Krispy Kreme has partnered with the local Children’s Miracle Network program by generously providing certificates for a free dozen glazed doughnuts for each $12 x 12 donation made. In addition to supporting the televised broadcast on WITN, they also support the 107.9 Radiothon by providing their listeners the same delicious treat to say thank you for supporting sick and injured children in eastern North Carolina.

Major contributors to the yearly event, held June 1 and 3 to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, featured contributions from long-time supporters from across eastern North Carolina including Speedway, Walmart/Sam’s Clubs, Log A Load for Kids and The Service League of Greenville.

“Caring individuals, community groups, businesses and others show how much they care about children by providing generous contributions to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In eastern North Carolina, this generosity enables the Maynard Children’s Hospital, located in Greenville and serving 29 counties, to see beyond obvious treatment and save more lives,” said Myra Bowen, chair, Vidant Health Foundation Board of Trustees. “The care and high-quality treatment received here will continue into the future through this year’s amazing donors.”

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

Earlier this year, the Music for Miracles Radiothon on 107.9 WNCT raised more than $75,000 during the 21st year of their special event, bringing their total raised to more than $3.5 million. For the first time, this year’s radiothon expanded to include all Inner Banks Media radio stations. In addition to 107.9, these included: 103.7 WTIB (Talk of the Town); 94.1 WNBU; 96.3 Thunder Country; 97.9 Fresh; and 94.3 The Game.

The largest donor to this year’s campaign came from a long-time corporate partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Speedway, which raised $232,033 in just their third year of partnership with Maynard Children’s Hospital.

Other major donors and their gifts included Walmart/Sam’s Clubs with $116,824; Log A Load for Kids with $135,000; and Jersey Mike’s Subs (eastern North Carolina stores) with $77,176.

Several local fundraising initiatives proved successful for this year’s campaign, including Bryson’s Birdies for Kids which raised $34,500; Dance Arts Theatre’s Nutcracker Ballet with $25,247; The International Taste of Greenville with $24,898; and Extra Life with $17,918. 

Other campaign contributors were Panda Express with $23,834; RE/MAX with $14,820; Phi Mu Chapter of ECU with $11,428; Dairy Queen with $11,115; The Electric Cooperatives of Eastern Carolina with $10,000; Rite Aid with $9,600; and Ace Hardware with $7,486. Pepsi/Minges Bottling Group; The Service League of Greenville; WIMCO; Eastern Radiologists, Inc.; and Harris, Creech, Ward and Blackerby, P.A. each contributed $5,000.

Additional gifts were from 3HC Home Health and Hospice with $3,000; Securities Lending Hand Foundation and Pungo Christian Academy with $2,500; IHOP with $2,264; Greater Greenville Kiwanis Club with $1,270; Care-O-World Enrichment Center with $2,363; Baynor, Inc. Central World Heating and Air Conditioning; and Grady White Boats with $2,000; Greenville Little Leagues with $1,888; United Networks of America with $1,695; MSL Health Care Partners, Inc. and Oasis Shrine Temple each with $1,500; Veneer Technologies with $1,400; Publix with $1,396; Vidant Edgecombe Blue Jeans for Babies with $1,234; Ollie’s Bargain Outlet with $1,081; and brothers, Arun and Ajay Ajmera each with $1,100.  Aldridge and Southerland Realtors, AKA of Kinston; Team Lighting; LJ Construction; Ricci Law Firm; Coldwell Bankers Coastal Rivers Realty; and Greenville Pediatrics each gave $1,000.

The local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program is staffed and supported by the Vidant Health Foundation, the non-profit charitable corporation that serves as the custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. The Vidant Health Foundation oversees allocation of all donated funds.

Media contact:  Beth Anne Atkins, Vidant Health Foundation, 252-847-7695 or

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit  

About Vidant Health Foundation

The Vidant Health Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt, and charitable organization that serves as custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. It is the mission of the foundation to support the Vidant Health mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Caroling through advocacy and securing philanthropic resources.

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