Sunday Evening the 22nd Annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon wrapped up with a grand total of more than $700,000 donated to UMC's Children's Hospital.
"I'm just overwhelmed, we know the people in this area are generous and they've showed it in the past 21 years but that total's incredible I mean we were just taken aback by that," says Abner Euresti. $703, 142: it's the largest total raised for Children's Miracle Network in Lubbock. For more than 20 years, Karin McCay and Abner Euresti have hosted the telethon. It's an effort that has opened the hearts and pocketbooks of people on the South Plains.
"We've been doing it all these years but there are new kids every year who are being helped and that's what reminds us why we have to keep doing it," says Abner. These are Stories of miracles, all because of CMN.
"The emotion that is brought in this weekend, the families share their stories but sharing their lives. We help thousands of children on an annual basis and the dollars will go a long way," explains Brit Pharris, CMN director.
|2005 Children's Miracle Network Telethon|
"What better fund raising effort that guarantees you 100 percent of the money goes to the Children's Hospital at UMC," says Karin.
But CMN doesn't stop here, it's a effort that goes on year round. "Right now we're starting to think about next year so when you see those cans at the store with the CMN balloon drop your change in there because it all adds up," explains Karin.
It's the generosity of those in West Texas that makes CMN so successful. "We can't thank them enough, especially those who give year after year, after year they're just incredible people," says Abner. "We'll see you again next year. We'll be back here again," adds Karin.
In the last 22 years, you've help raise more than $8,200,000 in the CMN telethon to better our hospital on the South Plains.