Akron Children’s seeks Change Bandits for 13th annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon

Annual radiothon to be held on Feb. 9 – 11, 2012 on 98.1 WKDD


Akron Children’s Hospital is seeking Change Bandits to support the 13th annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon presented by 98.1 WKDD. This year’s radiothon will air Feb. 9-11.

The Change Bandits campaign is a popular, grassroots fundraising effort designed to turn spare change into miracles for children treated at Akron Children's Hospital. During the month of January and the first week of February, volunteers collect change, dollars and checks from family, friends and co-workers.

Serving as a Change Bandit gives everyone, from elementary students to those in corporate offices, the chance to raise money for Akron Children’s. One hundred percent of the money that is raised by Change Bandits as well as the money raised during radiothon will benefit the patients treated at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Since it began in 2000, the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon has raised more than $7 million to benefit the continued efforts of medical research, education and patient care programs at Akron Children’s Hospital.

“This year, we are offering online giving, so our change bandits can create a page to ask for donations by e-mailing employees, faculty, family and others,” said Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network program manager at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Our goal is to recruit 700 Change Bandits.”

More than 600 Change Bandits donated more than $145,000 of the $445,360 raised during the 2011 radiothon, the hospital’s largest fundraiser.

Prizes will be awarded to the top Change Bandits in five categories: individuals, schools/organizations, small companies (less than 100 employees), large companies (more than 100 employees) and hospital department. Change Bandits are given a fundraising goal of $100 for individuals and $250 for groups. The change collected by Change Bandits jump-starts the tote board when WKDD personalities Keith Kennedy and Jenn Ryan go live on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Anyone interested in becoming a Change Bandit can register online at or fax their name, address and phone number to the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation at 330-543-4335. Change Bandit fundraising kits will be mailed to participants. Change Bandits are sponsored in part by Charles Schwab and Dairy Queen.

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News Facts
  • The "Have a Heart, Do Your Part" Radiothon presented by 98.1 WKDD will air live Feb. 9-11, 2012.
  • Sign up today to become a Change Bandit and collect spare change for the 2012 Radiothon!
  • Change Bandits donated more than $145,000 of the $445,360 raised during the 2011 radiothon.
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