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11/28/14news article

Dayton Children’s encourages spending with a purpose on #GivingTuesday

online competition marks third annual event

On your mark… get set… GO! The race is on to see who can raise the most money for Dayton Children’s on #GivingTuesday.  The best part is, regardless of who comes out on top, the real winners are the patients.

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back.  Started in 2012, it follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  This year it is December 2.  After one day of giving thanks, two days of getting deals, #GivingTuesday is the ideal time to support those in need in your community. During the last two years, Dayton Children's has raised more than $20,000 on #GivingTuesday.

This year, Dayton Children’s is turning #GivingTuesday into an online competition.  Sixteen people, including employees, patient families, community members and even the beloved Dayton Children's mascot, Wally B. Bear, will rally their social network to collect the most donations.  Each competitor has selected an area of the hospital to support, such as cardiology, cancer or newborn intensive care.  To sweeten the pot, the person who raises the most money between Black Friday and #GivingTuesday will have an added $1,000 donation given to their selected cause by Dayton Pediatric Imaging.

“Because of the top-quality care our son – and family – receive from the doctors and nurses at Dayton Children’s, it was an easy 'Yes!' when I was asked to participate in #GivingTuesday,” says Darci Jordan who has taken up the challenge of #GivingTuesday.  Her son is a patient in Dayton Children’s cardiology department after he was diagnosed with an arrhythmia in 2012.  “Although I’d love to see the cardiology department receive the additional $1,000, no matter what area you choose to support, the funds are going to help maintain quality healthcare for children in our area.”

“This is the gift-giving season,” says Bethany Deines, director of annual gifts at Dayton Children’s.  “#GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to give a brighter future to the patients at Dayton Children’s.  It’s more than a gift, it’s an investment in a child’s life.”

To give a gift and check on the competition, go to Dayton Children’s #GivingTuesday page, the Facebook page or the website.

For more information, contact: 
Stacy Porter 
Communications specialist 
Phone: 937-641-3666 
porters@childrensdayton.org