FM 106.1 Care-A-Van for Kids, presented by Kohl's Cares, will benefit child abuse prevention fund

August 19, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Care-A-Van for Kids will broadcast live Thursday, Aug. 25, and Friday, Aug. 26, on WMIL FM 106.1. The two-day radiothon, featuring inspirational stories told by survivors of child abuse and neglect, benefits the Child Abuse Prevention Fund at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

"The Child Abuse Prevention Fund is proud to partner with WMIL FM 106.1, one of the area's leading radio stations and longtime Child Abuse Prevention Fund supporter, and Kohl's Cares to help raise awareness of child abuse and fund home visitation programs that help prevent it," said Jennifer Hammel, director of the fund. "We know that these programs work. With continued support from our sponsors and donors, we will help end child abuse and build stronger families." Since 1988, the Child Abuse Prevention Fund has distributed $9.8 million to support community-based prevention programs throughout Wisconsin.

Care-A-Van for Kids is one part of a longstanding partnership between Kohl's and Children's Hospital. The funding comes from the Kohl's Cares merchandise program, which donates 100 percent of the net profit from the sale of special items to benefit children's health and education projects nationwide. Kohl's has raised more than $6 million locally for Children's Hospital and Health System.

During the radiothon, listeners can tune in and pledge their support by calling (414) 944-5123 or visiting chw.org/careavan. An online auction also will be held during the radiothon. Bid online at chw.org/capauction.

The Child Abuse Prevention Fund, a special program of Children's Hospital and Health System, was established in 1987 to financially support organizations working to prevent child abuse in Wisconsin. The Child Abuse Prevention Fund's goal is to increase the number of children who are raised in a secure, healthy and nurturing environment. Other health system entities include Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Children's Hospital and Health System Foundation, Children's Health Education Center, Children's Medical Group, Children's Physician Group, Children's Specialty Group, Children's Service Society of Wisconsin, Children's Research Institute and Children's Community Health Plan. In 2010, the health system invested more than $105 million into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information visit the website at chw.org.