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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

100.7 WHUD’s 11th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Radiothon Raised More Than $480,000 to Support Lifesaving Care at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital


Andy LaGuardia
(914) 493-6532

ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., 100.7 WHUD and Saw Mill Auto Sales are Major Corporate Sponsors

VALHALLA, N.Y. (December 28, 2015) - The 11th edition of 100.7 WHUD’s annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Radiothon was its most successful yet, with more than $480,000 raised for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Thanks to the outpouring of support throughout the Hudson Valley and incredibly generous contributions from community partners ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., 100.7 WHUD, Saw Mill Auto Sales and the Fareri family, this year’s fundraiser surpassed the 2014 Radiothon, which raised more than $250,000 for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

“We are grateful for the incredible support shown to the hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Radiothon,” said Michael Gewitz, M.D., the William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “The generosity of our sponsors, WHUD listeners and the community as a whole is a wonderful demonstration of confidence by the community in the outstanding pediatric care provided to local children and their families by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.”

“ShopRite Supermarkets is proud to support Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and its efforts, as this partnership is very near and dear to our hearts,” said Tom Urtz, Vice President of Operations, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. “This is the second year ShopRite stores throughout Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties has partnered with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, with over $450,000 raised to date. We're appreciative of the hard work and generosity of our store associates and customers who made our most recent fundraising campaign such a success. ShopRite is proud that the funds we have raised will help make a difference in the lives of local children. We look forward to building on the success of this partnership to raise even more funds for this worthy cause in the near future.”

Other Radiothon sponsors included Tompkins Mahopac Bank, the Page & Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation, Classic Cruisers Car Club and Hot Rods on the Hudson, The Grove at Valhalla Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, All Aboard! Childcare Education Centers and Somers Sports Arena.

Additionally, former and current Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital patients, Boy Scout troops, high school sports teams and area families brought their collected “loot” to the hospital for counting as part of the hospital’s Western-themed, Change Bandits donation program, which garnered over $18,000 for the Radiothon effort.

WHUD, Westchester & the Hudson Valley’s music and information station, has been a consistent supporter of the hospital, which provides seriously ill and injured children from the Hudson Valley and Connecticut’s Fairfield County with life-changing and lifesaving care. During this year’s Radiothon, renowned WHUD personalities Mike and Kacey, Tom Furci and Andy Bale broadcasted live from the lobby of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital on November 18th, 19th and 20th. Families whose children overcame significant medical challenges due to the hospital’s care shared their inspiring stories on air. Evening personality Kathy Millar and overnight host Bruce Owens continued the fundraising efforts at the 100.7 WHUD studios.

About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Located in Valhalla, NY, this 136-bed advanced pediatrics facility cares for the region’s most seriously ill and injured children including those in need of cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, hematology and oncology treatments, organ transplants and other specialty pediatric services. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is also home to the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Level I pediatric trauma and burn care programs and its Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For more information on Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, interested parties can visit www.WestchesterMedicalCenter.org/MFCH or follow the hospital at www.Facebook.com/MFCHatWMC and www.Twitter.com/MFCHatWMC.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,500-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, NY, spanning seven hospitals and several campuses and locations in the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 10,000 people, with nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1 and Level 2 Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals and numerous health-related centers, programs and services, today WMCHealth is the leading and pre-eminent provider of integrated health in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit www.WMCHealth.org