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Erlanger Health Fair Day at Chattanooga Market on November 2

Head over to the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, November 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for Erlanger Health Fair Day, and take care of your health while enjoying the market festivities.

Over two dozen Erlanger departments and physician practices will be on hand to answer health questions and schedule office appointments for you on the spot. Health information and free health screenings will also be available, including blood pressure checks, pharmacy medicine reviews, and screenings for memory, glucose levels, and carbon monoxide levels.

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger will offer thumb casting and decorating for the kids, and members of Erlanger’s LIFE FORCE crew will be on site. A miniature model of the da Vinci Xi, Erlanger’s newest surgical robot, will also make its debut at the Chattanooga Market, showcasing the region’s latest robotic surgical capabilities.

Costco customers and employees donate over $36,300 to Children’s Hospital

Pictured in group photo are (from left to right) Rebecca Brinkley, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Coordinator for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger; Cindy Rhodes, Children’s Hospital Administrator; Costco representatives Julie Brown, Centers Manager; Dana Dunn, Cashier; Mike Winter, Front End Cashier, and Shari Wolfs, Membership/Marketing Manager; and Dr. Alan Kohrt, CEO of Children’s Hospital.

Pictured in group photo are (from left to right) Rebecca Brinkley, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Coordinator for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger; Cindy Rhodes, Children’s Hospital Administrator; Costco representatives Julie Brown, Centers Manager; Dana Dunn, Cashier; Mike Winter, Front End Cashier, and Shari Wolfs, Membership/Marketing Manager; Ethan Patton, Cashier; and Dr. Alan Kohrt, CEO of Children’s Hospital.

In one month, the Ringgold, Ga. Costco raised more than $36,300 for T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger by hosting several fundraising events for their customers and employees.  This outstanding accomplishment is $9,500 more than last year’s donation and recognized as the most funds raised as a single warehouse for a children’s hospital in Tennessee.

Each year during the month of May, Costco participates in the annual drive by raising funds through silent auctions and other events.  But the majority of the funds are raised by asking one simple question:  Would you like to make a donation to the Children’s Hospital Network Hospitals?

“At Costco your cashier may ask you several questions like how are you today, would you care for a box, did you find everything you need,” said Ethan Patton, Ringgold, Ga. Costco cashier.  “But, by adding one more question, Costco was able to raise over $36,300 through the charity of our customers.”

From the photo lab to the tire center to the front cash registers, every Costco employee asked if their members would like to help make a difference in a child’s life through the Miracle Balloon sales.

“The balloons were gathered and hung from every available surface on the front registers,” said Patton.  “Every May, we all know that we are going to see a sea of yellow every day at work representing the love and compassion of our community.”

“We are so proud of the work Costco associates have done to raise money for our region’s only Children’s Hospital,” said Rebecca Brinkley, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Coordinator for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.  “More importantly it is Costco’s customers who also see the need and support the hospital through their contributions.  This year’s donation will make a huge difference in enhancing the services we provide to sick and injured children every day.”

Since 1988, Costco’s participation in CMN Hospitals has expanded along with the growth of the company, raising money more than $211 million for affiliated children’s hospitals in every community where Costco warehouses are located.  Currently, 580 warehouses in 100 markets participate in a fundraising campaign for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Love’s Travel Stops puts their heart into fundraising campaign raising over $14,900 for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Love’s Travel Stops team members and customers showed their caring hearts raising more than $14,900 during Love’s annual fundraising campaign for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Employees invited customers to purchase a $1, $5 or $20 Miracle Balloon at the register during the recent month-long fundraising campaign, Put the Money Where the Miracles Are.  Their generosity resulted in over $14,900 raised locally for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Nationally, Love’s Travel Stops raised more than $1.86 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals in North America. Donations directly benefited 94 member hospitals in the communities where Love’s operates.

Like all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraisers, the $1.86 million raised from Love’s campaign will help fund life-saving equipment and facilities, extensive research and child-life services to help save and improve the lives of kids treated at member hospitals such as Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

“Children’s Hospital at Erlanger provides world-class care for children suffering from every injury and illness imaginable,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Love’s Travel Stops team members did a tremendous job educating customers on why donations are needed. We are grateful for all those who opened up their generous hearts to help make miracles happen in their own communities.”

Love’s Travels Stops has been a partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1999, raising funds for children’s hospitals through multiple campaigns totaling more than $12 million raised.

Children’s Hospital receives $3,000 and $6,000 donations

Scottish Rite of Chattanooga donates $3,000 to Children’s Hospital

The Chattanooga Scottish Rite Foundation recently presented a check for $3,000 to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.  Since 2001, the local chapter has donated more than $92,000 for medical services and programs at Children’s Hospital.

Pictured from left to right are Children’s Hospital CEO, Dr. Alan Kohrt; Past Venerable Master of Scottish Rite, David Nelson, Jr.; Erlanger Chief Development Officer, Julie Taylor; and Venerable Master of Scottish Rite, Dr. Joel Bremer.

Pictured from left to right are Children’s Hospital CEO, Dr. Alan Kohrt; Past Venerable Master of Scottish Rite, David Nelson, Jr.; Erlanger Chief Development Officer, Julie Taylor; and Venerable Master of Scottish Rite, Dr. Joel Bremer.

Zoe’s Rainbow Dash raises $6,000 for Children’s Hospital

The second annual Zoe’s Rainbow Dash raised $6,000 for T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.  The color run, held on July 4, was created to honor the lives of 10-year-old Zoe Madeline McDonough and her grandmother, Sue McDonough.

zoe rainbow dash donation

Pictured from left to right are Zoe’s parents, Brett and Leah McDonough. and Yogi Anderson, director of major gifts for Erlanger Health System Foundations.

Area Publix Super Markets raise over $9,000 for Children’s Hospital

publixPublix Super Markets customers and associates in Chattanooga and Cleveland heeded the call to “put their money where the miracles are” by showing immense support and raising money on behalf of sick and injured children treated at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

This summer’s fundraiser brought in $9,462 for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and resulted in a campaign life record of more than $3.2 million for 21 regional hospitals to help fund life-saving equipment, programs and research. This year’s total resulted in more than $30 million raised nation-wide since Publix and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals partnered.

This year marks the 23rd year Publix associates and customers have encouraged the purchase of “Miracle Balloons” to help CMN hospitals and the 7th year in support of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

“We know Publix customers value superior quality. And, that’s exactly what they provide when they make a donation to their local CMN Hospital: the best in pediatric care for local hospitalized kids,” said John Lauck, CMN Hospitals president and CEO. “Achieving new record funds directly translates to our member hospitals making the best care better, resulting in more lives’ saved and improved.”

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with CMN Hospitals in our operating areas,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Our customers and associates are raising the much needed funding for life-saving equipment, programs and research. We couldn’t make miracles happen without the support of our loyal Publix shoppers.”

Children’s Hospital hosts Family Fair on September 20

Join T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger along with numerous community organizations and businesses as they present Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Family Fair on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the green space in front of Blue Plate Restaurant on Riverfront Parkway.    

Children of all ages, families and friends are welcome to attend the free event to receive valuable information on health and safety and enjoy fun activities such as games, pumpkin decorating, face painting and meeting Star Wars characters.  Children will also have the opportunity, weather and flight permitting, to see a LIFE FORCE air medical helicopter up close and register for a chance to win a bike from Toys ”R” Us. 

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger medical specialists from general pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, surgery, respiratory care and intensive care will be on hand to speak to families about various health topics.  Some of the presenting topics include know your nose, childhood obesity, safe sleep and infant CPR. 

Featured vendors participating in Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Family Fair include Sunny 92.3, Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga Allergy Clinic, Pigtails and Crew Cuts, Uptown Art, Comcast Spotlight Pledge Against Bullying KIDKLOUT Car, The 501st Legion, MosNooga Squad, Chattanooga Fire Department, Children’s Advocacy Center, YMCA, The Jump Park, Kids On The Block and Earthfare. 

This year’s Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Family Fair will also feature a special check presentation ceremony at noon.  Kohl’s Department Store managers and Associates In Action teams from four local stores will present a check to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger for over $73,500 from the Kohl’s Cares Foundation. 

For more information about Children’s Hospital at Erlanger services visit www.erlanger.org/childrens and follow Children’s Hospital at Erlanger at www.facebook.com/ChildrensatErlanger.

Walmart and Sam’s Club Raise $169,000 for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

walmart-logoEighteen local Walmart stores and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members raised $169,000 this summer for T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. 

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger partnered with local Walmart and Sam’s Club to host a variety of fundraising activities such as golf and softball tournaments, hotdog wagons and dunking booths.

“We just ended a very successful fund raising year for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger,” said Jeff Eversole, Walmart Market Manager and Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Member.  “Thank you, to countless associates who committed and gave their best to raise money for such a great piece of our future, our children. We’re truly blessed to live in a community where our customers and associates realize the value of what our Children’s Hospital has to offer.”

All the funds raised during this year’s campaign will stay local to benefit the treatment and services offered to sick and injured children in our region. 

“Due to Walmart and Sam’s Club’s size and reach in our region, they are able to make a huge impact on our hospital,” said Rebecca Brinkley, CMN Hospitals Coordinator for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. “Their fundraising represents more than half of the funds we receive from our Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals corporate partners each year.”

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is one of 170 CMN Hospitals who receive donations from many local businesses who are CMN Hospital partners.  Nationally, through donations accepted at cash registers and in-store fundraising activities, Walmart raised more than $40.2 million for the CMN Hospitals totally more than $740 million since partnering with the charity in 1987. Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need the most—typically for purchasing lifesaving equipment, supporting top therapy programs and providing charitable care.

For more information on the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals visit: www.CMNHospitals.org.

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