ALBANY, N.Y., June 7, 2005 ¾ The “Weekend of Miracles” to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center held this past weekend raised a record-breaking amount - $2.3 million, exceeding the last year’s total by approximately $100,000. The fundraising event combined the efforts of FOX23 WXXA television and News-Talk Radio 810 WGY.
The 20th annual telethon, presented for the first time by Fox23, is part of the International Children’s Miracle Network telethon sponsored by the Osmond Foundation and broadcast annually on the first Sunday in June. The 7th annual radiothon aired June 2-5 on Clear Channel Radio’s 810 WGY.
“We are grateful to both Fox23 and WGY for all of the time they put into these very successful efforts,” said David A. Clark, M.D., director of the Children’s Hospital. “We also appreciate the outpouring of support from the people in the region who took this opportunity to demonstrate their willingness to support the work of the Children’s Hospital and the thousands of children we treat here each year.”
The Children’s Hospital is a 125-bed facility devoted exclusively to the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents, and is the referral center for all seriously ill and injured children from 25 counties in upstate New York and western New England. It is staffed by 90 physicians in 34 subspecialties and more than 300 pediatric nurses, therapists, social workers and child-life specialists. The Children’s Hospital serves over 60,000 children each year.