B100, CMN conducting 'Change Bandits' campaign

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- In anticipation of the 2011 Radiothon being hosted by B100 to benefit the Children's Miracle Network (CMN), coordinators of the event are recruiting volunteers to help get a head start on raising funds.

Or, in this case, "Change Bandits."

"Change Bandits" are volunteers who can sign up to collect donations through a period leading up to the radiothon -- which set to take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2-3. They can represent companies, departments within companies, schools, organizations or themselves.

The person that raises the most money, or "loot," will be awarded a three-day trip to Orlando in a rental home near the Walt Disney World resort. The group that raises the most will be provided lunch by Austin's BBQ & Oyster Bar.

"We want to make this as large of a community event as possible," said CMN Coordinator Amanda Smith. "The goal of Children's Miracle Network is to provide pediatric equipment and training to local hospitals so a child can stay close to home for treatment.

"I'd like to see 'Change Bandits' produce $10,000, and that could easily be done with community involvement."

Officials have the goal of recruiting 200 volunteers who can collect $100 or more. Leading into the radiothon, IHOP on Cartmell Drive will be hosting a breakfast party from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. on both days the event will be taking place.

"They are giving a portion of the proceeds to the radiothon," Smith said. "One-third of the servers at IHOP have benefited from Children's Miracle Network. It's important to them. That's why they've chosen to host the breakfast party."

One of the IHOP employees who understands the significance of this cause is Brittney Buck, a manager at the restaurant whose son was treated at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit after being born nearly two months early.

"It made it easier seeing him everyday," Buck said. "Children's Miracle Network donations provided for the staff and equipment needed for him to survive.

"I'd like for the community to have knowledge of Children's Miracle Network. If they are knowledgeable, they will leave donations."

Donations to CMN will be taken at the breakfast party as well as at the radiothon itself.

Interested parties can register online at www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/B100changebandit/ to set up a fundraising page. Those wishing to do in-person fundraising can contact Smith at (229) 312-4483 or amasmith@ppmh.org to request a campaign packet.

Those that sign up to participate will be sent two tickets to a Change Bandit Bash party at Austin's BBQ scheduled for May 20. At that time, the collections will be counted and awards will be announced.