Vermont Business Magazine The annual “98.9 WOKO’s Big Change Roundup for Kids” to support The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital raised a total of $347,029.03, thanks to more than 1,000 donations from patients and families, community members and businesses.
This year’s success would not have been possible without our bandits (individual fundraisers), posses (fundraising teams), schools, community groups and volunteers from throughout the region. Also essential were longtime supporters Maplefields (more than $45,000), New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) (more than $31,000) and Med Associates (more than $30,000). In addition, NEFCU in Vermont and SeaComm in New York served as collection points for bandits and posses to turn in their loot.
This year’s total also included the largest gift in Big Change Roundup’s history. Stephanie Miller Taylor and her brother, Tim Miller, contributed $100,000 in honor of their late father, Bob Miller, from the Holly and Bob Miller Charitable Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. Bob’s commitment to philanthropy began back in the 1980s with a gift to the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.
“Because he grew up poor in Rutland, saved only by a wonderful aunt and grandmother who raised him, he wanted to provide opportunities for kids,” Stephanie said, adding that her dad empathized with children facing health and other challenges, and recognized that philanthropy could “change the trajectory” of their life.
Funds raised help pay for medical equipment; Child Life activities that educate, entertain and improve the health care experience for pediatric patients; social services and mental health support for children and families served by the children’s hospital, and many more initiatives that support high-quality, child-friendly, family-centered care.
“During this challenging time when our hospital is facing financial difficulties, philanthropic support is especially necessary,” said Chief of Pediatrics Lewis First, MD. “We’re so grateful for the outpouring of participation and support for this year’s Change Roundup because every dime, quarter and dollar raised will change things for the better and in turn ensure a healthier future for the thousands of children and families in our region served each and every day by our UVM Children’s Hospital.”
About The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital
The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital provides high-quality, child-friendly care with a patient and family-centered approach that improves the health of children throughout Vermont and northern New York. Our mission, in partnership with the UVM Larner College of Medicine, extends beyond our hospital walls into the communities we serve to provide innovative services, treatments and procedures to the youngest and often most vulnerable patients. The UVM Children’s Hospital is fully accredited by the Children’s Hospital Association. For more information please visit www.uvmhealth.org/childrens or contact us at 802-847-0000.
BURLINGTON, Vt. – 5.13.2022. The University of Vermont Health Network UVMHealth.org