$220,000 Goal Reached in 2012 "Big Change Roundup for Kids"

Immediate (March 13, 2012)

Michael Carrese
Marketing and Communications

Grand Total for Project Surpasses $1 Million

Burlington, VT - A record breaking one-year total of $220,000 was raised in the “Big Change Roundup for Kids” in 2012, pushing the grand total for the 7-year old project to more than $1 million.  The Big Change Roundup is the largest fundraiser each year for Vermont Children’s Hospital, and the proceeds directly support health care services and programs provided to young patients and their families.

The annual coin collecting campaign is a joint effort of Fletcher Allen Health Care and 98.9 WOKO-FM with support from hundreds of local businesses and community groups and thousands of school children from throughout the region.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from schools, businesses and people of all ages throughout Vermont and northern New York who made it possible for us to reach our ambitious $220,000 goal,” said Lewis First, M.D. chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital. “It’s a wonderful reflection of the commitment this region has to providing the best possible health care for children.”

“This event is something that’s very special to us,” said Bill Sargent (aka “Wild Bill”) co-host of the Morning Roundup on 98.9 WOKO.   “We’re really proud of helping to raise more than a million dollars in the last seven years, and it’s an experience that none of us would trade for the world.  We’re really grateful for the thousands of people who take it upon themselves to get involved and make a difference in the lives of the children cared for at the hospital.”

Key sponsors this year include Maplefields, New England Federal Credit Union, Walmart and Pete’s RV Center.