Music for Miracles Radiothon another success for the children in eastern North Carolina | Eastern North Carolina Now

For Immediate Release:

    Pledges to this year's 'Music for Miracles' Radiothon on 107.9 WNCT bring the total giving for this year's 17th annual event to more than $3.1 million

    GREENVILLE, N.C.     Listeners from all over the east phoned in their support for children over this past weekend, pledging $110,001 during the 17th annual "Music for Miracles" Radiothon on 107.9 WNCT.

    Those pledges bring all-time giving for the event to more than $3.1 million. Proceeds will go Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to support programs and services at James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center and the 29 counties it serves.

    "For the past 17 years, the radio station's hard work and heartfelt commitment have meant so much to the children of eastern North Carolina," said Laura Lee Potter, program director for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "Their dedication to this event is incredible and has helped make it one of our largest fundraisers each year."

    "The 107.9 team was great to work with, and for three days opened their station and their hearts to our volunteers and to the children and families who came to share their inspirational stories with the station's loyal listeners," Potter said.

    Several of this year's Miracle Children, including poster child, Piper Wihide, 18 months, and her parents, Randy and Haleigh Wilhide of Lenoir County, joined on-air personalities during the marathon broadcast March 21 – 23 to share with the listeners the difference donations make in a child's life. In addition to Piper, several other Miracle Children visited during the event to share their incredible stories as well including, Will Hawkins, 8 and Faith Wilkins, 3, both of Halifax County; Keyon Dixon, 8 and Charlotte Swing, 2 both of Pitt County; and Lalether Adams, 12 of Craven County.

    Helping to answer phones were more than 70 volunteers, most of them employees of Vidant Medical Center but also included volunteers from various church and civic groups. Some volunteers worked their shift on Friday and came back throughout the weekend to assist in the event. Many local restaurants and businesses donated meals and refreshments.

    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a fund-raising program of the Vidant Medical Center Foundation. All money raised stays in eastern North Carolina to benefit sick and injured children.

    Contact: Laura Lee Potter, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Program Director, (252) 847-5437

    Contact: Beth Anne Atkins, Vidant Health Strategic Development, (252) 847-7735 or

    Vidant Health, a mission-driven, not-for-profit corporation, owns, leases or has a majority membership interest in nine eastern North Carolina hospitals and has a management agreement with one other. The health system includes Albemarle Health, Vidant Beaufort Hospital, Vidant Bertie Hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, Vidant Duplin Hospital, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital, Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Pungo Hospital, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Vidant Home Health and Hospice, Vidant Wellness Centers, Vidant Medical Group and is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. On the web at
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