$2.1 million pledged for Johns Hopkins Children's Center

June 03, 1996|By STAFF REPORT

An estimated 15,000 people pledged more than $2.1 million to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center during a weekend telethon and radiothon on two Baltimore stations.

"We were worried that with the gorgeous weather outside, people would leave the city," said George Dover, director of the children's center. "But some people were watching TV." Dover said this year's pledged total surpassed last year's record by about $100,000.

About $330,000 of the pledges came from listeners of radio station WMIX (106.5 FM), which held a 106-hour radiothon from Wednesday through 4 p.m. yesterday. The bulk of the money came from callers during the 13th Annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon, which was aired on television station WMAR (Channel 2) from 9 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. yesterday.

Dover said the money is targeted for several projects at the hospital: A sibling care center, "child-friendly" operating rooms, equipment for pediatric advanced life support training, and accommodations for parents who stay with their hospitalized children.

Over the past 12 years, the telethon has raised more than $15 million for the center. It is part of a national telethon originating from Walt Disney World in Florida, and sponsored by a foundation formed by members of the Osmond singing family.

Pub Date: 6/03/96

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