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Music for Miracles Radiothon another success for the children in eastern North Carolina

April 12, 2016 by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Listeners from all over the east phoned in their support for children this past weekend, pledging $66,913 during the 19th annual “Music for Miracles” Radiothon on 107.9 WNCT.

Those pledges bring all-time giving for the event to more than $3.3 million. Proceeds will go Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to support programs and services at James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center and the 29 counties it serves.

“For the past 19 years, the radio station’s hard work and heartfelt commitment have meant so much to the children of eastern North Carolina,” said Rhonda James, director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Their dedication to this event is incredible and has helped make it one of our largest fundraisers each year.”

“The 107.9 team was great to work with, and for three days opened their station and their hearts to our volunteers and to the children and families who came to share their inspirational stories with the station’s loyal listeners,” James said.

Several of this year’s Miracle Children, including poster child, Drea Gauquie, and her parents Dr. Chris and Heather Gauquie of Pitt County joined on-air personalities during the marathon broadcast April 8-10 to share with the listeners the difference donations make in a child’s life. In addition to Drea, several other Miracle Children visited during the event to share their incredible stories as well including: Jeannette Seabury, 2 years old, of Carteret County; Thor Forte, 5 years old, and Liangie Monclova, 8 years old, both of Craven County; and Angel Watkins, 15 years old, of Wilson County.

Helping to answer phones were more than 50 volunteers, most of them employees of Vidant Medical Center but also included volunteers from various church and civic groups. Some volunteers worked their shift on Friday and came back throughout the weekend to assist in the event. Many local restaurants and businesses donated meals and refreshments.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a fund-raising program of the Vidant Medical Center Foundation. All money raised stays in eastern North Carolina to benefit sick and injured children.
 
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