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Many local businesses and organizations choose to participate as a group in the Foundation’s established events, sponsor an event or organize their own. To see an up-to-date calendar of events, please click here.
Feeling more creative? Consider organizing your own fundraising event. Here are some examples of how organizations have created events to help Children’s Hospital Foundation:
Since 1997, American Family Fitness has raised more than $335,000 to support Children’s Hospital Foundation. Most of these funds have been raised through the annual American Family Fitness 5k/10k Walk/Run and Celebrity-AM Golf Tournament. Proceeds from these events have been used to renovate and expand Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s Dental Clinic, Children’s Park and Transitional Care Unit.
In 2006, the local Walmart and Sam’s Club locations started a fundraising event with its own speed. The Walmart Miracle Challenge, a mini-grand prix style, go-kart race is held on the infield of Richmond International Raceway each fall. Each store recruits a pit crew team, decorates the car with decals and takes to the track to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Richmond. Since 2006, this event has raised more than $250,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Richmond.
The Dong’s Martial Arts Tournament has been an annual tradition for nearly 40 years. Students from Dong’s Virginia and out-of-state locations compete in different categories related to Tae Kwon Do. For the past 13 years, the event has benefited Children’s Hospital Foundation and has collected more than $240,000 during that time.
Founded and coordinated by Jessica Morgan, owner of Jessica Morgan School of Dance, the Virginia Dance Festival features hundreds of junior and adult dancers from many different Virginia schools and dance troupes, showcasing traditional and cultural routines. Since the event began 11 years ago, it has generated more than $111,000 for the Foundation through performances, ticket sales, sponsorships and silent auction donations.
As part of the Richmond Homearama® 2010, LifeStyle Builders & Developers, Inc. built a Charity House to benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation. LifeStyle Builders is a locally-owned home building company, and they dedicated 100% of the net proceeds from the home’s sale to the Foundation. The home sold in September 2010 and resulted in a donation of more than $70,000.
For four years, the Richmond area Food Lion stores have organized the Tour de Lions, cycling tour to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Richmond. This ride offers 12, 25, 50 and 75 mile routes through the back roads of Hanover County all while providing a safe and healthy lifestyle activity for the whole family. The Tour de Lions has raised nearly $70,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Richmond.
Main Line Broadcasting hosted the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon in September 2010. DJ’s from 98.9 Liberty and Big Oldies 107.3 broadcast live from Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s Brook Road Campus to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Loyal listeners were invited to make a pledge by phone or online, contributing to the event’s success of $40,000.
For 27 years, the Blue Knights of Virginia have delivered teddy bears by motorcycle to the children treated at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. In 2009, nearly 2,000 bears were delivered, along with a $17,865 donation generated by a Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle for Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The Computer Science Corporation in Chester has organized an annual Golf Classic for 17 years. Held at Fort Lee’s Cardinal Golf Club, each year’s tournament proceeds are donated to Children’s Miracle Network Richmond. In September 2010, the event raised more than $7,000.
Cox Radio holds an annual “Rock’n Stock’nz” online auction in December and collected nearly $2,200 in 2009. In this event, donors bid on online stockings that include a variety of gifts, such as a six-month membership to American Family Fitness, musical instruments, a year’s worth of Chick-Fil-A, a year of concerts on 96.5 KLR and more.
The Parrot Head Club of Richmond, a group dedicated to enjoying the words and music of singer Jimmy Buffett, donated $2,000 to Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2009 from its annual Stars on the Water event, a three-day summertime musical celebration.
The Oldies But Goodies Classic Cruizers holds an annual car show at Children’s Hospital of Richmond to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Antique cars and trucks are displayed in the hospital parking lot along with live music, food and auctions for the community to enjoy. Special guests include Santa Claus, McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog.