ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football program teamed with Ann Arbor Radio and the staff of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital to raise nearly $300,000 for the building of a new hospital. The proceeds from the team's two community events this week go toward the bone marrow center of the new children's hospital.
The Wolverines exceeded $175,000 at the fourth annual Carr's Wash for Kids held today (Saturday, June 9) on the concourse of Michigan Stadium. Final receipts for the event will be determined early next week.
The U-M team washed 361 cars during the public wash held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and cleaned an additional 175 automobiles during the "Breakfast with the Boys" event held from 10 a.m. to noon. It was the highest total of cars washed during any of the four years the wash has been held (536 cars).
"Brian Griese did an interview a couple of days ago and he talked about what a great bonding and team building experience it was for him and his teammates because they got to see each other off the field in a different environment outside of athletics," head coach Lloyd Carr said about today's event. "I think all of these opportunities for our players, whether it's for guys to do interviews or to meet some of these kids whose life is on the line or visit the hospital, all of those opportunities give them a chance to spend time together. There is no question that it builds camaraderie and a spirit on a team. The opportunity to help make a difference in terms of the hospital is important. The residual benefits that come are tremendous and educational."
Thursday's radio-a-thon at Ann Arbor Radio -- WTKA, W4 Country and 107.1 -- raised $117,368 during the 12-hour takeover of the airwaves. The dollar figure was almost three times last year's inaugural total of $40,000 and exceeded the goal of $80,000 prior to the event.
Former U-M quarterback and current Chicago Bears signal caller Brian Griese challenged all listeners at 6:08 p.m. EDT to donate to the hospital fund, agreeing to match dollar-for-dollar the funds raised during the final 52 minutes of the radio-a-thon. The listeners responded and Griese made a generous donation of $31,560 to match the total pledged by the callers.
All of the coaching staff and nearly the entire U-M football team participated in both the second annual WTKA Takeover and fourth annual Carr's Wash for Kids events.
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