Despite the current economic conditions, Delmarva residents picked up their phones and opened their wallets to support area healthcare on Friday, pledging more than $35,000 to Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center during the 1-2-3-4 $50,000 Radiothon.
While the broadcasted call for support fell short of the $50,000 fundraising goal, the amount raised is still a testament to the value local citizens assign to quality healthcare. And the bar was set high for this novel event.
“We’re very pleased with such an overwhelming response from the community,” said Todd Hershey, chairman of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation. “We want to extend a heart-felt thanks to Leighton Moore and all the folks at Irie Radio who made this happen. And, of course, to everyone who called in on Friday.”
The 1-2-3-4 $50,000 Radiothon was the brainchild of Moore, resort entrepreneur and owner of Seacrets nightclub and WOCM Irie Radio, Ocean 98.1 FM in Ocean City, Md. A major proponent of both hospitals, he serves as Chairman of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors.
“The exceptional health care opportunities that exist today at Peninsula Regional and Atlantic General have been made possible, in no small part, through the generosity of contributors like our radiothon donors,” stated Denise Billing, President of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation. “We are grateful to them, to Leighton for his unwavering support, event volunteers, the team at Seacrets, morning personality Bulldog and everyone at Irie Radio for making this a success.”
The event was coordinated and broadcasted from the studios of Irie Radio, located within Seacrets.
The funds raised have been split evenly between Atlantic General Hospital and PRMC. Peninsula Regional will apply their share toward the Foundation’s $15 million dollar capital campaign in support of the Medical Center’s $100 million construction and renovation project. Donations to the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation will be used to fund long-term investments in community health care by expanding facilities, programs and services such as the recent $1.4 million expansion of the Atlantic Health Center.
To learn more about the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation, please call 410-543-7140 or visit them online at www.peninsula.org and select “Ways To Give.” Those wishing to learn more about the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation may call 410-641-9644 or visit them online at www.atlanticgeneral.org and select “Give to AGH or go directly to www.atlanticgeneral.org/give
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