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Community businesses come together to support Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Across the Tri-Cities, organizations are teaming up to benefit the region’s only children’s hospital. On Tuesday, the final day of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon, several area restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the children’s hospital.

The restaurants teaming up for “Dine Out for Kids” on Feb. 28 are:

  • Bonefish Grill
  • Cootie Brown’s (both Bristol and Johnson City locations)
  • Cranberries
  • East Coast Wings + Grill (both Johnson City and Kingsport locations)
  • Gourmet and Company
  • Mona Lisa’s Gelato & Café
  • Open Doors Coffeehouse
  • Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

Other restaurants have already made donations, including Arby’s, Hardee’s and McAlister’s Deli.

“We’re really grateful for all the support Niswonger Children’s Hospital is receiving from local businesses and individuals, and we’re looking forward to a great radiothon event next week,” said Marsha Hammond, director of signature events and marketing for the Mountain States Foundation. “The outpouring of support we see from the community at this time each year is truly inspiring.”

The fifth annual Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon is hosted by the Mountain States Foundation, and is set for Feb. 27-28. It’s one of the children’s hospital’s biggest fundraisers each year. Funds raised through past radiothons have purchased necessary items for Niswonger Children’s Hospital, like a pediatric ambulance, incubators, syringe pumps and other supplies for the neonatal intensive care unit. Donations from last year’s event are being used to create a neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) unit, which is scheduled to open this spring.

The radiothon will be broadcast live on four of Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation’s radio stations (98.5 WTFM, 95.9 The Hog WRZK, Classic Hits 102.7 WVEK, and ESPN Tri-Cities) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

This year’s platinum sponsors are Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Food City and Subway. Sport Clips and H&R Block have also made donations leading up to the event.

“At Crown, we care about our community and giving back is important to us,” said Jeff Bedard, president of Crown Laboratories, which owns Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen. “Niswonger Children’s Hospital does wonderful things for this region, and we’re proud to support them through the radiothon.”

“We’re excited to once again partner with Niswonger Children’s Hospital to help the children in our area,” said Steven C. Smith, president and chief executive officer for Food City. “Our company is committed to the communities we serve, and we’re proud to support an event that will make such a huge difference in so many young lives.”

“We recognize the critical, lifesaving work Niswonger does every day, and the value it brings to our community,” said local SUBWAY Restaurants of Tri-Cities Board Chair Mickey Baker. “To see our owners and customers show their support by donating at the register shows the impact each dollar can make when many become one.”

If you would like to participate in the radiothon, visit www.NiswongerChildrensRadiothon.com. You can also text ‘FORHOPE’ to 243725 to make a donation, or during the radiothon, call 1-855-611-KIDS (5437).

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