Upstate News

June 4, 2002
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

CNY Children’s Miracle Network campaign raises $921,500

The CNY Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) campaign, that culminated with the June 2 CMN broadcast on WIXT NewsChannel 9, raised $921,500, exceeding last year’s total of $882,980. All proceeds raised through the campaign benefit children who receive their medical care at University and Crouse hospitals in Syracuse.

“The success of our CMN campaign is a direct result of the generosity and commitment of people in our community who are focused on ensuring that the health care needs of our youngest citizens will be met,” said Toni Gary, director of the CNY Children’s Miracle Network. “We very much appreciate their efforts.”

The CMN Broadcast was presented live from the WIXT studios, University Hospital and the Wyndham Syracuse, where Kiwanis Clubs of Central New York presented a CMN Pancake Breakfast for the fourth year in a row. The pancake breakfast was co-sponsored by University Hospital’s Pediatric Cardiology Group and the Wyndham Syracuse.

McLane Northeast, a division of the nation’s largest wholesale grocery distributor to convenience stores, contributed $110,000 to this year’s CMN campaign. Since McLane’s first involvement with CMN in 1988, the company and its vendors have raised more than $1 million.

Other major sponsors of this year’s campaign included: Wal-Mart, Eckerd Drugs, Niagara Mohawk, Kinney Drugs Inc., Carrier Corp., Solvay Bank, UPS Foundation and the Syracuse Crunch.

Included in the campaign total were contributions raised from fundraisers held throughout the year. The Little Gifts for Life Auction raised $204,000; Paige’s Butterfly Fun Run and Walk raised more than $40,000; and the Miracle Motorcycle Ride raised $33,700. Proceeds from the Paige Butterfly event benefitted University Hospital’s Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Paige Yeomans Arnold Memorial Scholarship Fund at Baker High School in Baldwinsville.

Also included in the final tally was more than $28,000 in cash and pledges raised by viewers who called in pledges during the broadcast.

Throughout its 18-year history in Central New York, CMN has raised approximately $10 million, all of which has benefitted the children who receive their medical care at University and Crouse hospitals. The contributions are used to help create pediatric services, purchase medical equipment, and supplement funding for research into pediatric medical disorders. The local CMN effort is presented by Upstate Medical University Foundation and WIXT News Channel 9. This year’s CMN broadcast was also presented in part by Carrier Corp. and Kinney Drugs. Clear Channel’s B104, served as the promotional sponsor.

The CNY Children’s Miracle Network is part of a national effort to raise funds to benefit hospitalized children worldwide. This year, the national campaign celebrated its 20th anniversary, raising more than $2 billion throughout its history.

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