Salt Lake City (PRWEB) March 20, 2013
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit raising funds and awareness for local children's hospitals across North America, is celebrating another record year in fundraising, reaching $300,784,420 raised in 2012 for its 170 member hospitals. Since John Lauck was named president and CEO in January 2011, the organization has experienced record growth both years. Funds raised in 2012 grew $36 million and 13.6 percent over the Network’s previously best-ever results in 2011.
Nearly all corporate partner, program and local hospital fundraising increased in 2012. Those with the most impressive growth included Walmart and Sam's Club ($64.2 million, a 27 percent increase), Rite Aid ($5.9 million, a 31 percent increase) and the college and high school student-focused Dance Marathon program ($11.8 million, a 28 percent increase). Extra Life, an up-and-coming one-day video and board gaming event, grew an extraordinary 66 percent, raising more than $2 million online for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
“For the past two years, our emphasis has been to help people understand the children’s hospital serving their community has a real charitable need,” said Lauck. “Our 170 member hospitals provide $6,500 in charity care every single minute. It’s critical we hit our annual Billion Dollar Goal by 2022 so children’s hospitals can continue to provide the absolute best life-saving treatments.”
In January 2012, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals set a goal to raise $282 million in one year for its member hospitals. Lauck challenged his team to exceed that goal, stating he would shave his head if the organization surpassed $300 million in 2012. Great Clips, one of the charity’s corporate partners, was on hand to do the honors when the announcement was made to the staff earlier this month. A video of Lauck losing his locks can be viewed here.
This year, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is celebrating 30 years of helping save kids’ lives and more than $4.7 billion provided to its member hospitals. The majority of the organization's annual corporate fundraising will begin this spring when yellow and red Miracle Balloons appear at participating retailers including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Rite Aid, Chico’s FAS and Carmike Cinemas, among others.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.