Little North Pole Raises $195,000 For PHC, JDRF
The Little North Pole, which opens the show early in December each year, raised $195,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Peninsula Hospital Center Juvenile Diabetes Unit and other hospital charities. The money was distributed last Saturday morning, January 9, by Neponsit attorney Joe Mure, who hosts the annual event. Mure hosted a few dozen workers and volunteers at his home for lunch and a distribution ceremony. Pictured, workmen pack up the Little North Pole for another year. Christmas displays waiting to be packed up and put into a large trailer truck until next December. Attorney Joseph Mure speaks to a large crowd in his basement. Mure presents Peninsula Hospital Center CEO Robert Levine with a check for $20,000 to be used by the hospital’s pediatric diabetes unit. Mure, who is the president of the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, presents a check for $155,000 to Amy Franz, the foundation’s vice president of development. Mure presents a check for $20,000 to the Maimonides Medical Center, which is researching the use of therapies other than insulin with young children who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Santa’s garage, one of the more popular sights in the large display, is stripped by volunteers who put up and take down the Little North Pole each year. Volunteers pack one of the life-size figurines from the lawn display.
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