Generous donors pledging their support of Baystate Children’s Hospital resulted in a record-breaking total of $325,465 raised during this year’s 14th Annual 94.7 WMAS Radiothon which ran March 5-7.
Dr. Charlotte Boney, chair, Pediatrics, Baystate Children’s Hospital, noted the 94.7 WMAS Radiothon is a “tremendous showcase for the care that Baystate Children’s Hospital gives to the children in our community.”
“We thank our former and current patients and their families for lending their voices and sharing their stories with us, and we are grateful to all the Baystate staff, community volunteers, sponsors and donors who gave so generously,” Dr. Boney said.
Tributes and stories
Among the many emotional highlights of the three-day Radiothon was a tribute to the late Cory Garwacki, 27, who passed away in October 2014 after a lifelong battle with short gut syndrome. Garwacki, a longtime advocate and fundraiser for Baystate Children’s Hospital, was honored by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, who proclaimed Thursday, March 5, as “Cory Garwacki Day.” A beautiful Boston rocker inscribed with his name stood empty at the Radiothon, where each year Garwacki took an important place at the microphone.
94.7 FM WMAS on-air personalities, led by the Kellogg Krew featuring Chris Kellogg, Dina McMahon and Lopez, continued with their regular radio formats throughout the day interspersed with live and taped interviews featuring young patients and their families, as well as staff, from Baystate Children’s Hospital.
“Some of our most generous donors this year were families who once had a child in Baystate Children’s Hospital. Their donations are a testament to the wonderful care they received while at the hospital and the true spirit of their caregivers,” Kellogg said.
“We love that we can help the kids by showing the community what a great resource they have for health care right in their own backyards, and to showcase the awesome staff who surely inspired listeners to give with their hearts during the Radiothon,” McMahon said.
Thank you, donors and sponsors
Another highlight of the Radiothon was the tremendous response from the community as Change Heroes – area businesses, organizations, schools and individuals – who have to date collected over $20,000 as part of the Radiothon. The Change Hero fundraising competition continues through March 31 with any individual Change Hero raising $100 or more having their name entered into a drawing to win a prize package from Walmart. Also, the top fundraising school will receive a $1,000 prize compliments of Pioneer Valley Credit Union.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our Presenting sponsor, Health New England, as well as to our Miracle Maker sponsor, Hasbro, Inc., Pioneer Valley Credit Union as Change Hero Program sponsor, Meridian Industrial Group as Red Carpet sponsor, and Giggle Break sponsors Freedom Credit Union and Gleason Johndrow Landscaping,” said Jane Albert, vice president of Development at Baystate Health and executive director of the Baystate Health Foundation.
Baystate Children’s Hospital is one of 170 fundraising Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals are unique in that 100 percent of all money raised goes directly to Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice to support children’s health programs and services.