Last night, 136 of the 650 Change Bandits rallied at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, for the Change Bandit Bash. This event kicks off the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon, which airs live on 98.1 WKDD throughout the weekend, to benefit the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.
The Bandits, who represent individuals, schools and corporations, donated a total of $46,201. Seven-year-old Theren Brown (pictured right) has been a Change Bandit since she was 4. Now, her 4-year-old brother, Gehrig, helps her collect change for this fundraising event.
At the Change Bandit Bash, individuals, groups and companies are honored for raising the most money in their category. This year’s winners are:
- Akron Children’s Hospital Department – Rehabilitation Services
- Individual – Mike Daugherty, who built a Sponge Bob snow castle in his front yard to help raise money for the radiothon ($800)
- School – Sauder Elementary School, Jackson ($2,956)
- Small Business – CSE Federal Credit Union, Canton ($4,618)
- Large Business – Charles Schwab ($3,072)
Tune into 98.1 WKDD today through Sunday to hear heart-warming patient stories. To donate, call the First Energy phone bank at 866-543-0981.