$50,000 donation anchors radiothon for MU Children’s Hospital

Thursday, August 26, 2010 | 3:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA— A Toronto-based insurance provider is set to donate the largest gift the MU Children’s Hospital has ever received through its annual radiothon sponsored by the Children’s Miracle Network.

Foresters, a life insurance company that sponsors the Children's Miracle Network, pledged $50,000 to the hospital on Friday. The company donated the money to MU's children's hospital because it is in the listening area of Y107, which was voted "North America's Most Caring Radio Station," according to a news release from the hospital.

The $50,000 donation is the largest single gift in the four years the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon has been held at the hospital, according to the release.

“Last year, we had a three-day radiothon and raised $225,000," Matt Splett, spokesman for MU Children’s Hospital, said. "The $50,000 donation is a starting point for this year’s radiothon. It is a significant donation to MU’s children’s hospital.”

The hospital plans to use the donation to buy life-saving equipment for the neonatal intensive care unit, Splett said.

Children’s Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals.

Unlike last year's radiothon, this year’s event will only be held for one day, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Columbia Regional Hospital.

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