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MMH Foundation radiothon and auction nets $34,919

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MASSENA — Massena Memorial Hospital wrapped up National Hospital and Nurses Week in a big way Friday.

Officials with the MMH Foundation were hoping their 25th annual radiothon and auction would raise $34,000 to purchase equipment. And, when the final bid was placed, the tote board stood at $34,919.

It had been sitting at $28,566 at 7 p.m., with an hour to go until the final item was put up for bid.

“We’re getting there. We’re very close now. Fifty-four hundred (dollars) is what we need to close this deal tonight,” said WMSA’s Sanford T. Cook, who was on the air throughout the day soliciting bids on more than $26,000 worth of items that had been donated to the foundation for the event.

It was a pig roast that pushed the auction over its goal, starting out at $475 and, following a bidding war, wrapping up with an $825 bid from car dealer Real “Frenchie” Coupal. The pig roast, valued at $500, will be prepared by Dr. William Orlando and Rick Fregoe from the hospital’s MRI unit.

Event coordinator Julianne Fowler said she appreciated the work of volunteers and the donated items that filled 11 auction boards throughout the day. MMH Foundation Executive Director Julia Rose said she appreciated the bids that helped push the tally over the top.

MMH Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Fahd II has seen many MMH Foundation radiothons and auctions during his tenure, and this will be his last. He plans to retire at the end of the year.

“Eighteen of these I’ve had the opportunity of participating in,” he said. “These guys do a heck of a job. They work months in advance.”

With the radiothon and auction reaching its goal, the MMH Foundation can purchase an EKG receiver for the emergency medical services radio; a Zoll R Series monitor for the emergency department; and an Equilibrate Balance system for the physical therapy department.

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