The 12 Months of Chugach Giving campaign is hitting its stride with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) being selected as the February winner and the second recipient of a $1,000 Chugach donation. The CMN submission was made by Dee Pletnikoff, Office Manager for Chugach Commercial Holdings (CCH). “The Children’s Hospital at Providence [a member of the CMN] supports children from all the communities in Alaska,” Pletnikoff said. “CMN, in partnership with the Make A Wish Foundation, allows children to attend or do things that might not otherwise be available to them.”

Pletnikoff went on the explain the difference this partnership makes in the lives of children who are battling severe health issues. “One child fighting cancer was given a weekend stay at Denali Lodge to watch the Northern Lights. Another child wanted to ride with a musher in the Iditarod, and donations allowed this child to ride in a sled during the traditional start of the race in downtown Anchorage. Donations have even allowed children and their families to go to Disney Land.”

Pletnikoff had one word to describe her motivation for submitting the CMN for consideration in the 12 Months of Giving. “Miracle says it all. The safe travel, housing, and doctor appointments they provide for children and parents is the true definition of a miracle.”

Learning about Dee’s submission during the corporation’s recent board meetings, Chugach Director David Totemoff was inspired to step forward and make a personal donation of $500. Totemoff’s generosity increased the February donations for the 12 Months of Giving campaign to $1,500.

Across North America, more than 10 million children annually receive support in hospitals in the CMN. Since 1983, more than $7 billion has been raised for CMN, most of it $1 at a time during fundraising campaigns or, thanks to Dee and Chugach’s 12 Months of Giving and David Totemoff, $1,000 and $500 at a time. To learn more about this nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of children and how to support this organization, click here.

As we enter March, we are calling on all of our employees, wherever you may work, to submit a charity in the 12 Months of Chugach Giving campaign and tell us how this organization is making a difference and building community. Making a submission only takes a few minutes, and your submission could secure a $1,000 donation for your favorite cause.

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