Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a six-week campaign to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital partnered with 24 stores and clubs across the Baton Rouge area to raise $115,004, a news release said.
Nationally, through donations accepted at cash registers and in-store fundraising activities, Wal-Mart raised more than $40.2 million for the 170 hospitals that make up Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help CMNH provide patient visits for more than 10 million kids each year, the release said.
“We are always excited to participate and work closely with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge to raise funds for the children,” said Robert Mulack, Wal-Mart Baton Rouge market manager. “It is a great organization and great cause. I’m glad this year’s fundraising was a success and look forward to next year.”
“Thank you to all of the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates and customers for continuing to make things better for our patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital,” said Danny Fields, director of Children’s Miracle Network Fundraising at Our Lady of the Lake. “Because of the generosity of our community partners like Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, we are able to provide world-class health care for kids in Baton Rouge.”
To raise funds, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital partnered with local Wal-Marts and Sam’s Clubs to host a variety of fundraising activities such as cookouts, concessions sales, OLOL and CMNH merchandise sales, as well as the annual golf tournament hosted by the Gonzales Wal-Mart, which propelled giving totals to exceed previous years.
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital plans to use the funds to purchase state-of-the-art, pediatric-specific equipment, in addition to providing charitable care for patients who need it, the release said.