March 22, 2002

78th annual Paper Sale benefits Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

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78th annual Paper Sale benefits Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Volunteers throughout Middle Tennessee will be out in force on April 6 raising money for the 78th annual Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Paper Sale.

Formerly the Palm Sunday Paper Sale, the event is the oldest fund-raiser for Children’s Hospital. Originally sponsored by the Junior League of Nashville to benefit Crippled Children’s Home, the Paper Sale became a part of Children’s Hospital in 1970. In partnership with Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and The Tennessean, an eight-page tabloid called “Everyday Miracles” is printed and focuses on patients who have benefited from Children’s Hospital.

This year the paper features 13-year-old Montrae Gloster from Huntsville, Ala.; 1-year-old Aiden Tilloston of Lebanon; 11-year-old Nashvillian Rachel Head; and Drew Tanner, 7, of McMinnville. There is also a two-page spread on the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, presently under construction and scheduled to open in 2003. The facility will mark the first time all inpatient and outpatient Children’s Hospital services will be offered under one roof and will be the only free-standing Children’s Hospital in Middle Tennessee.

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Friends, Future Farmers of America chapters, Exchange Clubs, Elks Clubs, Jaycees, volunteer fire fighters and many other organizations will be raising money at road blocks and retail outlets for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

“Their involvement is crucial to our fund-raising efforts,” said Ashley Camp, coordinator of the event for VCH. “All of the money raised goes directly into the Children’s Fund and is used entirely for the benefit of the patients of Children’s Hospital.”

Camp said recent funds had been used for advanced medical equipment and special laboratories to promote ongoing research into childhood diseases.

Each year the not-for-profit Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital treats more than 7,500 children on an inpatient basis and sees more than 195,000 children through outpatient visits. There are more than two million children in the Southern Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama region served by VCH.

Volunteers are needed to distribute the “Everyday Miracles” paper. For information or to volunteer, contact the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Development Office at 322-7450.