Ethan Chalupa knew exactly what he wanted for his 8th birthday. Instead of presents, he asked friends and family who came to his birthday party to bring donations for the Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center. Ethan got the idea after receiving a postcard in the mail announcing the new Peter Pan Birthday Club at Samaritan and raised over $200!
The Peter Pan Birthday Club was created with the idea that you don't have to be grown up to give. Showing our children the joy of giving can be the greatest gift of all. The club brings philanthropy to our youngest community members. Choosing to have birthday party guests make a donation instead of receiving gifts is a wonderful way to inspire young children to become philanthropists.
Joining the Peter Pan Birthday Club is easy:
Sign up for the Club by calling 315-785-4053.
To help organize the party the child will receive a "party pack" that includes invitations, donation envelopes, thank you cards and party favors.
After the birthday celebration simply call us to arrange the delivery of donations. Once a year, children who participate will be invited to take part in a "Kids are Heroes" celebration so that they may see how their gifts are helping real children in our community.
Additionally, parents may register their child in the national Peter Pan Children's Fund to receive a matching gift up to $100 in their honor. Donations made through the Peter Pan Birthday Club will benefit pediatric healthcare right here in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Funds will be used to help purchase state of the art equipment for Samaritan Medical Center and other area hospitals, as well as help families with children in a medical crisis.
Seven North Country healthcare organizations were the recipients of pediatric equipment grants from Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York (CMN) totaling $54,629 during a formal presentation today at Samaritan Medical Center.
"This is just one more way that North Country healthcare organizations can partner together to ensure access to quality healthcare services for our communities," said Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. Since the Capital Grants program began in 2000, CMN has allocated nearly $300,000 to numerous hospitals and healthcare organizations with child-centered needs throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. (See attached list).
Additionally, Samaritan Medical Center received $383,053 in pediatric equipment grants from CMN including $250,000 for the final payment of a one million dollar pledge to the "Advancing Healthcare, Close to Home" capital campaign which named the new Emergency Department in its honor. CMN's donation was one of three lead gifts to the $65 million dollar new building campaign. In addition to pediatric equipment grants, the CMN Allocations Committee approved $60,384 in assistance to more than 35 local families for reimbursement of travel expenses, therapeutic equipment and other medical assistance. The total amount of equipment and grants for families allocated in 2012 was $497,844.
Support from CMN corporate sponsors, such as Kinney Drugs, Walmart, Community Broadcasters Radiothons and local organizations and individuals, has increased tremendously over the past 22 years. It is due to these efforts that Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York is able to achieve its mission – to generate funds and health awareness programs for the benefit of all children in the tri-county area. CMN is the only national charity that supports 14 million children in the United States and Canada through 170 hospitals and pledges that 100% of funds raised stays local. These qualities make CMN unique and attractive to generous people and organizations in Northern New York.
Previously, funds raised through CMN only benefited the affiliated hospitals, such as Samaritan Medical Center. "In our efforts to help ensure that all North Country children receive quality pediatric care, our program was expanded and now provides equipment grants to qualified healthcare facilities in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties," concluded Mrs. Jocelyn D. Mejias, Director of CMN. Samaritan Medical Center is the only CMN-affiliated hospital nationwide to provide capital grants to other healthcare organizations in its market area. In addition, Samaritan is the only CMN hospital to provide direct assistance to families for travel expenses anywhere in the country where their child is receiving medical care.
Listeners of The Border's 106.7 morning show host Johnny Spezzano, and 94 Rock's Lance Hale responded in a huge way to this year's CMN Radiothon, raising $147,575 to benefit Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan. Johnny, Lance and the rest of the Community Broadcasters team spent three days asking the North Country to make a donation to help sick and injured children right here in our own community.
More than 630 of the radio stations listening audience called to make a donation throughout the three days, in response to the stories being shared by patients and families. They were a great part of the success of this Radiothon – and 100% of those donations will stay in our local community to benefit the health of children in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
As one of the last major fundraisers of the year, the Radiothon helped CMN go over its projected annual goal. Also, thanks to businesses like, Kinney Drugs who donated $100,000 and Walmart with a donation of over $65,000, CMN is on track to reach an overall 2012 Campaign goal of over $380,000 dollars raised. CMN could not have reached this goal without the generous support of many businesses and individuals in our community. Additional, this broadcast event was made possible by Jreck Subs, Peebles Realty, Eagles Beverage, Party Rentals, AAMCO, CiCi's Pizza Buffet, Savory Downtown, Kinney Drugs Foundation, Walmart/Sam's Club and Foresters.
Samaritan Medical Center has been a proud affiliate of Children's Miracle Network since 1990. The hospital's efforts on behalf of thousands of children throughout Northern New York has increased the availability of high quality healthcare and improved the chances for happier and healthier futures for local children.