June 4, 2018
As the Children’s Miracle Network kicked off its annual telethon fundraiser today, we’re excited to share our results from our recent joint fundraiser event. In the fall, the AACA Museum, Inc. partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital for our annual Night at the Museum fundraising event. The goal of the evening was to raise funds for both kids and cars. Now that all proceeds have been collected, we are proud to say that the event raised $17,773 for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).
Jeff Bliemeister, AACA Museum, Inc. Executive Director presented this check to Caden Capitani, our CMN Ambassador, and Elizabeth Wilson, Assistant Director at Children’s Miracle Network.
The Capitani Family – Frank, Jessica & Caden were our Miracle Family Ambassadors for Night at the Museum. Caden was also the 2015 CMN ‘Champion of the Year,’ spreading his story nationwide. The Capitani family served as national spokespeople for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. During the Night at the Museum event, Jessica spoke on behalf of the family and shared a touching and moving story of their experience with the Children’s Miracle Network.
Photo Credit: Mark Usciak
“We are so excited to have partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network for such a fantastic event. We could not have accomplished it all without the support of our sponsors and attendees, so thank you” said Bliemeister. “Caden is such an enthusiast and caring young man. After the event, the Museum became a home away from home for him and his family and they will always be treated as family here at the Museum.”
Also at the event was the first ever AACA Museum, Inc. Automotive Heritage Award that was presented to Mr. Bobby Rahal. The award is designed to honor and provide public recognition for an individual(s) who made an exceptional contribution to the hobby by preserving antique automobiles and motorsport vehicles, exhibiting their vehicles, promoting the hobby, engaging in sustained, noteworthy activities that have positively impacted the hobby, and using his/her position in the hobby for philanthropy and service to others.
With the support of attendees, sponsors and Bobby Rahal, we were able to raise funds to provide hope, health, entertainment and educational opportunities for families in the community and in the old car hobby. Thank you to our event presenting sponsor, PNC Bank. We would also like to thank J.C. Taylor Insurance, Librandi’s Plating, BeneCard, National Vision Administrators, L.L.C., Baker Tilly, Al Prueitt Automotive Restoration, National Parts Depot, Tristan Radiology Specialists, and McNees, JDK Group, The Collection at Hershey, Toni Rothman, SpringHill Suites, Dr. Jerome Marcus, Hon. Joseph and Margie Cassini, III, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC and Hyman Ltd. for their sponsorship.
About Penn State Children’s Hospital
Penn State Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia fully equipped to treat the most severely ill children of central Pennsylvania, with both the highest level neonatal intensive care unit and a Level I pediatric trauma center. Children’s Hospital physicians and nurses provide comprehensive support and specialized care to infants, children, and adolescents every day. Located on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., the Children’s Hospital focuses on providing first-rate health care to all children, from those with complex heart disease to childhood cancers, allowing patients to receive the full spectrum of highest quality care close to their homes.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® is an international non-profit organization that has affiliations with 170 children’s hospitals, including Penn State Children’s Hospital. Gifts raised locally through the Children’s Miracle Network program benefits patients treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital by funding lifesaving equipment, patient programs, and pediatric research. More than $65 million has been raised to benefit the Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network since the program began in 1984.