Media Release: New Ambassadors Announced During Telethon

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06-02-2011 (Dayton, OH) -

New ambassadors for The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton will be introduced during the 29th annual broadcast of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.

Ambassadors represent Dayton Children’s at various events and programs throughout the year.

The new 2011-2012 ambassadors are:

  • Colin Beach, 11 years old, from Centerville
  • Patrick Bleser, 16 years old, from Centerville
  • Kaitlyn Dove, 12 years old, from Kettering
  • Ghiman McKinney, 10 years old, from Trotwood

The telethon hosts are Channel 7’s, Cheryl McHenry, Mike Hartsock and K99.1 FM’s Nancy Wilson. This year Cheryl celebrates her 25th anniversary of co-hosting the telethon.  Mike Hartsock has hosted for 9 years and Nancy Wilson joined in 2009. 

The telethon begins at 9:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, and ends at 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 5.  The broadcast will feature special kids who are connected to Dayton Children’s and caregivers who treat the children.

“The broadcast truly is a celebration of the children in our care,” says Debbie Butner, telethon manager at Dayton Children’s.

“The telethon is also an opportunity to thank and recognize our sponsors and donors for their generous support. Their commitment helps us continue to provide the best pediatric care during a child’s time of need.”

Supporting the Children’s Miracle Network helps ensure children throughout the Miami Valley receive the quality health care they deserve when they are treated at Dayton Children’s.  Funds raised locally for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program benefit Dayton Children’s. 

Viewers can make a donation by calling 1-888-746-KIDS (5437), by texting “4kids” to 85944 or by donating online at You can also follow live updates on Dayton Children’s Facebook and Twitter pages during the telethon - follow @DaytonChildrens to stay connected.

Current ambassadors whose stories will be featured during the telethon are Bailey Allen, Kyle Crawford, Abigail Kurdin and Chardanai White.  These children are treated at Dayton Children’s and will share their experiences.

Stay connected to Dayton Children’s on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, contact:
Marketing Communications Department
Phone: 937-641-3666


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