March 3, 2006

Events help raise funds for Children’s Hospital

Vanderbilt University's 2006 Dance Marathon was a success, raising $112,432 to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and Children's Miracle Network (CMN).

The overnight, student-led event took place Feb. 17 and 18 at the Student Recreation Center. The Dance Marathon liaison for Children's Hospital, Lisa Zanger, said the students' hard work paid off.

“Many thanks to all of the students, staff, sponsors and families who played such an integral role in the continued success of this wonderful event," Zanger said. "The event was well attended, with more than 500 students and staff including the executive board, committee members and student participants."

Participants played games and competed against other teams to support patients and families at Children's Hospital.

Meanwhile, the River of Hope Radiothon on 107.5-FM The River will broadcast live from the Performance Stage area at the Children's Hospital March 9-11.

The fifth annual Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Radiothon will take pledges through a volunteer phone bank set up at the Performance Stage during the three-day broadcast. Current and former patients and their families will be interviewed by on-air personalities.

Children's Hospital is one of the 22 original founding hospitals of the CMN. Formed in 1982, CMN remains the only national fund-raising effort with the credo that 100 percent of all the money raised locally goes directly to local member hospitals. Last year's event raised more than $160,000.