Local American Legion Post 49 raises $5,200 for the UNM Children's Hospital.

  For the first time since their start in 1965, a local unit of the American Legion Posts have worked to help raise money for the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital.  The Legions presented the UNM Children's Hospital with a check for $5,200 at a dinner, which was held on Wednesday, January 15, at Post 49.

          The money given to the UNM Children's Hospital was raised through membership donations or other donations that were solicited for the hospital at other fundraisers throughout the year of 2002.  The money will be used to buy new equipment and to fund programs for the children at the UNM Children's Hospital.  Without these donations, some of the programs would not be in existence.   

            General Manager of the local American Legion Posts Jim McBride said, "This is the first time we have worked with the UNM Children's Hospital, but it is a project we would like to continue doing."

            The American Legion Post has been in Albuquerque since 1965.  In that time, its members have worked with various veteran and children's services in the community to raise money.  Funds usually come in the form of donations, as well as proceeds from benefits that the Legion periodically holds.

            UNM Children's Hospital serves more than 50,000 New Mexico children every year.  The hospital offers the most advanced care for children, available in New Mexico, and has the highest level of intensive care for children suffering from an illness or injury.  Pediatric physicians specialize in many areas, including pediatric surgery, neonatology, oncology, cardiology, pulmonary and much more.

            For more information on making a donation to the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital please contact Danielle Sengel at 277-5684

Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322

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