Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Since 1986, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitalshas been Phi Mu’s primary philanthropic focus. With over 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide, that benefit from our collegiate and alumnae chapter fundraising events, Phi Mu has raised an impressive $7 million+ for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since the inception of the partnership. Funds are raised through a variety of events including dance marathons, golf tournaments, Hoop-A-Paluza, pageants and cook-offs.
As a national fundraising partner, Phi Mu is committed to raising at least $500,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. Every collegiate and alumnae chapter participates in the effort to raise money for this worthy cause.
"To give a child, and his or her family, hope when facing devastating illness, is the greatest reward,” said Becky Nowland McKenzie, Epsilon Gamma, Vice President of Philanthropy. “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals depend on local support to continue to deliver the highest quality care to every child, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. What a privilege, as a sisterhood, to support their work in such a significant way.”
To submit donations, please mail checks to Phi Mu Foundation, 400 Westpark Drive, Peachtree City, GA 30269. All chapter and individual checks should be made payable to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and must be received by the Foundation office by December 31 each year.
Phi Mu Foundation partnered with Hoop-A-Paluza, Inc., to launch a signature fundraising event for implementation in communities and on college campuses across the United States.
Hoop-A-Paluza is a basketball free throw contest, originated by Hoop-A-Paluza, Inc. Phi Mu chapters looking for a new event to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network have adapted this event for use on their campuses. Phi Mu is the exclusive Greek sponsor of Hoop-A-Paluza and the event concept may only be used by Phi Mu to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network.
A planning guide has been developed with all the tools needed to start a Hoops event.
The Hoop-A-Paluza Kit (Right-click on the link to download the file to your desktop.)
Dance Marathon is one of Children’s Miracle Network’s most popular fundraisers. Chapters plan a series of events throughout the year, work to secure sponsors for participating “dancers.” The signature event, an all-night dance marathon, is well-attended and generates much excitement on collegiate campuses.
A new concept in fundraising, through a partnership with Charity Denim, the chapter sells high-end designer jeans such as 7 For All Mankind, Paper Denim and Joe’s Jeans, at a deep discount, typically for $55-$85. For each pair purchased, Charity Denim gives $10 to Phi Mu for Children’s Miracle Network.
Children’s Miracle Network Internship
The “Happy” Parker Lowden Children’s Miracle Network Internship is offered to a Phi Mu collegian. The internship provides a $500 stipend for 150 hours of service in connection with a Children’s Miracle Network Development Office, Children’s Miracle Network hospital or the Children’s Miracle Network National Headquarters.
It is an opportunity to design an internship to meet the needs of the Children’s Miracle Network unit and the professional growth needs of the Phi Mu member. Service may take place at any time during the year. Candidates for internships will be reviewed twice each year. Applications are due March 1 and November 1.
National Philanthropy Day
Each year, on the third Monday in October, Phi Mu sisters across the country come together to serve their communities. They work together by devoting their time, skills and energy to a philanthropic cause.
Scarves: A Fashionable Alternative
To support oncology research and women dealing with hair loss from disease or treatment, Phi Mu Foundation created and makes available the video program, Scarves: A Fashionable Alternative, in DVD or VHS format.
The Scarves video was originally produced by Dinah Armstrong Kukes, ??. Dinah lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy treatments, yet she realized how important it was to look and feel her best during that time. “How you look is so important to your attitude and treatment. For this reason, I’ve tried to share what I’ve learned with other cancer patients,” Dinah stated.
Scarves was recently updated into a new DVD format with the help of Rikki Ragland Marver, ??, a spokesperson and model. All proceeds from the sale of Scarves fund oncology research through Phi Mu Foundation’s Dinah Armstrong Kukes Fund. The video and DVD are available for $10 each.
For more information about Scarves, or to make a secure online purchase, please click the link below.
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I Beat Cancer … So Can You! was written for children by a 10-year old cancer survivor to encourage children facing cancer treatment.
Because of Phi Mu’s relationship with Children’s Miracle Network, the author and her family graciously offered the book’s copyright to the Foundation. The books are distributed, free of charge, to all Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Upon request, the book is also sent to others who have the opportunity to positively impact children diagnosed with cancer.