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MMH Foundation radiothon and auction nets $34,919

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MASSENA - Massena Memorial Hospital wrapped up National Hospital and Nurses Week in a big way Friday.

Officials with the MMH Foundation’s were hoping their 25th annual radiothon and auction would raise $34,000 to purchase equipment. And, when the final bid had been placed, the tote board stood at $34,919.

It had been sitting at $28,566 at 7 p.m., with an hour to go until the final item was put up for bid.

“We’re getting there. We’re very close now. Fifty four hundred (dollars) is what we need to close this deal tonight,” said WMSA’s Sanford T. Cook, who was on the air throughout the day soliciting bids on more than $26,000 worth of items that had been donated to the foundation for the event.

It was a pig roast that pushed the auction over its goal, starting out at $475 and, following a bidding war, wrapping up with an $825 bid from Real “Frenchie” Coupal. The pig roast, which was valued at $500, will be prepared by Dr. William Orlando and Rick Fregoe from the hospital’s MRI unit. It comes with “all the fixins.”

“We did it. That did put us just over the top,” Mr. Cook said.

MMH Foundation Event Coordinator Julianne Fowler said she appreciated all the donations for the auction - enough to fill 11 auction boards throughout the day

“The value of our auction items was up tremendously this year. For that I am eternally grateful,” she said.

Ms. Fowler said she was also very appreciative of the efforts of the volunteers who made the radiothon and auction a success.

“We have been overwhelmed by volunteers today. At times we had too many. They’re extremely dedicated, extremely loyal,” she said.

MMH Foundation Executive Director Julia Rose said she was appreciative of the bids that helped push them over the top.

“That means a lot to us,” she said. “It was great to see the response. People respond to us because this hospital is wonderful and we have to keep it. That shows this hospital is important; we raised $35,000 in one day.”

MMH Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Fahd II has seen many MMH Foundation radiothons and auctions during his tenure, and this will be his last. He plans to retire at the end of the year.

“Eighteen of these I’ve had the opportunity of participating in,” he said. “These guys do a heck of a job. They work months in advance.”

With the radiothon and auction reaching its goal, the MMH Foundation will now be able to purchase an EKG receive for the Emergency Medical Services radio; a Zoll R Series monitor for the Emergency Department; and an Equilibrate Balance system for the Physical Therapy Department.

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