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Marie Osmond accepts $1M for PCH

Singer Marie Osmond, right, accepts a check for the Phoenix Children's Hospital from Walmart Vice President Scott Doepke on Wednesday, Nov, 28, 2012 in Phoenix. (Bob McClay/KTAR)

Phoenix Children's Hospital had a special visitor on Wednesday.

Singer Marie Osmond was there to meet with patients and staff, and to accept a donation of over $1 million to the hospital from Walmart.

"All of the money stays here in Phoenix," said Osmond. "It goes to the children. It goes to help your kids. Statistically, everybody will use a children's hospital at some point in their life. I call [donations like this] fire insurance."

Osmond is the co-founder of the Children's Miracle Network, which raises money for 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada, including Phoenix Children's Hospital.

"We're moving on 30 years now of helping children's hospitals," she said, jokingly adding "which is amazing, since I'm only 29!"

Osmond is in the Valley this week performing the "Donny and Marie Christmas in Arizona" show at Gammage auditorium in Tempe. She said that Walmart's donation fits right in with the Christmas spirit.

"To me, Christmas isn't so much about the gifts as it is the experience. I can't think of anything that's a greater experience than knowing that you're blessing a child's life."

The money that Walmart donated was raised by employees through events in their individual stores.

Osmond is also promoting a website, givemiracles.org. It allows peopel to donate online to one of the 170 hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network, including Phoenix Children's Hospital.

About the Author


Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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