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Celebrating 28 years of miracles for kids in eastern North Carolina

May 30, 2013 by Beth Anne Atkins

Celebrating 28 years of miracles for kids in eastern North Carolina 
Annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Broadcast raises $1,559,206. 

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Miracle children and their stories of remarkable courage during life-threatening illnesses and injuries helped make the 28th 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 Vidant Children’s Hospital. 

The theme of this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign has been “A Promise Fulfilled,” which shows the shared excitement about the opening of the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. This new addition brings a new level of care to the region. 

Major contributors to the yearly event, held May 31 and June 2 to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, featured contributions from long-time supporters from across eastern North Carolina that included Food Lion, 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. 

“Once again eastern North Carolina came through with tremendous support and generosity,” said Sarah Davenport, chair of the Vidant Health and Vidant Medical Center Foundation boards, of which Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a part. “Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who made a financial gift or who gave their time as a volunteer throughout this past weekend. Because of them, a tremendous difference will be made in countless children’s lives here in eastern North Carolina.” 

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 $130,000 during the 16th 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 Food Lion, LLC and Associates, a national partner of CMN Hospitals, which contributed $496,846. This year’s donation brings the total amount Food Lion has contributed to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to $2,607,622. 

The Service League of Greenville continued their many of years of support with a donation of $250,000. Other major donors and their gifts were Walmart/Sam’s Clubs with $156,040; Log A Load for Kids with $100,000; and Jersey Mike’s Subs (eastern North Carolina stores) with $33,640. 

Several local fundraising initiatives proved successful for this year’s campaign, including the 104.7 La Invasora Radiothon which raised $26,063. Coins for Kids, a fundraising program that took place in schools throughout eastern North Carolina, raised $28,734 for CMN Hospitals. The International Taste of Greenville, held on May 2 raised $22,953 with its first year event. 

Other campaign contributors were Dance Arts Theatre’s Nutcracker Ballet with $15,151; RE/MAX with $14,665; Potash Corporation with $10,000; Rite Aid with $8,283; IHOP with $7,768; Dairy Queen with $7,495; Progress Energy with $5,379; and Pungo Christian Academy with $5,197;. The Electric Cooperatives of Eastern Carolina, Eastern Radiologists, Inc., Pepsi/Minges Bottling Group, 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. Friends of Melvin Butler also donated funds to support CMN Hospitals. 

Additional gifts were from ECU Dance Marathon with $4,405; South Central High School Honor Societies with $4,000; Greater Greenville Kiwanis Club with $4,765; South Lenoir High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes with $3,181; Ace Hardware with $2,158; Combined Federal Campaign with $2,036; Grady White Boats with $2,000; Ollie’s Bargain Outlet with $1,837; Vidant Edgecombe Blue Jeans for Babies with $1,475; and brothers, Arun and Ajay Ajmera each with $1,001. Aldridge and Southerland Realtors, Alliance One, Greenville Pediatrics, Pitt County Legends Fastpitch Team, Greenville Swim Club, Oasis Shrine Temple #111, the Kiwanis Club of Greenville and Kiwanis Clubs of Division 17 each gave $1,000. 

“This broadcast takes place once a year, but our supporters are active all year long, “ said Laura Lee Potter, program director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Throughout the year, they hold events and fund-raisers of all kinds to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Their generosity helps us make sure children in eastern North Carolina have the best medical care available when they need it.” 
(Photo credit to Melia Coffey) 
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AREA STUDENT RECEIVES DICK JONES NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 

Jacquelin Parker, a nursing student from eastern North Carolina received the Dick Jones Pediatric Nursing Scholarship during the 28th annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Broadcast on June 2. 
The scholarship, now in its 22nd year, was created in memory of Jones, the late WITN sportscaster and supporter of Children’s Hospital. Since 1992, 57 scholarships have been presented. 
Candidates for the scholarship must demonstrate merit or financial need or both. They must be full-time nursing students entering their final year of nursing preparation and must have expressed an interest in pediatric nursing. 
Original supporting funds were collected at the Dick Jones Appreciation Night in 1991 and through the Dick Jones Love Gift. Continued donations to the scholarship fund can be sent to: Dick Jones Pediatric Nursing Scholarship, Vidant Medical Center Foundation, c/o Kelly Barnhill, Executive Director, PO Box 8489, Greenville, NC 27835. 
 
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