May 15, 2006
June 10: U-M Football to host Carr's Wash for Kids to benefit new U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital
Coach Carr, Wolverine football program to kick-off car wash event with 12-hour radio-a-thon on June 7 on WTKA AM 1050
ANN ARBOR, MI –On Saturday, June 10, University of Michigan Head Football Coach Lloyd Carr and the Wolverine football program will be out in front of Michigan Stadium armed with buckets of suds and hoses to wash cars to benefit the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in the new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital.
The third annual Carr’s Wash for Kids community car wash event – sponsored by Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and AAA of Michigan – will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
To kick-off this year’s event, Coach Carr and the Wolverines plan to take over Sports Talk 1050 AM WTKA in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, June 7, for a 12-hour radio-a-thon to benefit that children’s hospital and women’s hospital campaign. Starting at 7 a.m., listeners can pledge that day by calling 734-302-8155 or going to www.mottchildrenshospital.org to make a donation. A live stream of the radio-a-thon broadcast will be available online at www.WTKA.com. WTKA also plans to broadcast live from the Carr’s Wash for Kids event later that week.
The Carr’s Wash for Kids event has played a major role in the success of the fund-raising campaign for the new children’s and women’s hospitals. In its first two years, the event raised more than $190,000. The team’s goal this year is to exceed the funds raised during the previous two year.
The pace car for MIS again will lead the charge as the first car through the community car wash. Donations of any amount will be accepted, with all proceeds benefiting the new hospitals campaign. Donations of $25 will include a T-shirt and car wash; donations of $50 will include an M GO BLUE for Mott baseball cap, a T-shirt and a car wash.
Those planning to attend the event should enter the stadium at Gate 9 and drive to the car wash along the east concourse.
Additionally, the car wash will again include Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an effort started by Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient who gained national attention for her efforts to raise money for pediatric cancer by hosting lemonade stands. U-M Health System LPN Annette Liechty, along with her 11-year-old daughter Kara Liechty and her 11-year-old niece Breanne Tanner, will host the stand at the event.
For their on-going efforts at the annual Carr’s Wash for Kids, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation plans to donate $100,000 in grants to Mott Hospital following this year’s event. Already, thanks to the trio’s endeavors, the foundation gave $72,500 to UMHS in 2005 to help fund pediatric cancer research and young investigators.
To learn more about event sponsor MIS and its upcoming events, visit www.MISpeedway.com or call 1-800-354-1010. MIS is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motor sports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events at 12 major motor sports facilities annually.
More information about event sponsor AAA of Michigan is available online at www.autoclubgroup.com/michigan.
About the new U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital & Women's Hospital
The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital have collectively provided the best in specialized care to hundreds of thousand of patients since opening in 1969 and 1950, respectively. The world of science and medicine has changed dramatically over the past four decades, however, and patient care, research and medical technology have made extraordinary advances. Now it's time for the hospitals to grow and prepare for the future.
Today, plans are underway to build a new $523 million, 1.1 million square-foot facility to house the children’s and women’s hospitals. The new facility will span the length of two football fields, and include private pediatric patient rooms with wireless computer access and family areas, a dedicated pediatric emergency and urgent care center with Hazmat capabilities, space to accommodate an estimated 4,500 births each year, and even an outdoor garden park. It is scheduled to open in spring 2011.
The U-M Health System began its campaign to build a new children's hospital and women's hospital in May 2004. The campaign, led by co-chairs U-M head football coach Lloyd Carr, U-M Regent and former Wolverine football player David A. Brandon, and wives Laurie Carr and Jan Brandon, is part of the $2.5 billion The Michigan Difference campaign taking place throughout the University.
Already, Mott has raised $46 million toward the construction of a new facility, including a $25 million grant from the C.S Mott Foundation, a $7 million gift from Dr. Ernest Sorini and wife Kelly Sorini, a $4 million grant from the Detroit-based Carls Foundation and more than $400,000 in “M GO BLUE for Mott” wristband sales.
Written by Krista Hopson
More information about the UMHS campaign to build a new children's and women's hospital is online at www.mottchildrenshospital.org.
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