Rifle Wal-Mart holds fund-raiser for Children’s Miracle Network | PostIndependent.com

Rifle Wal-Mart holds fund-raiser for Children’s Miracle Network

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff

RIFLE – The parking lot at the Wal-Mart Supercenter became a party lot Sunday. Local residents came out for a dunk tank, a NASCAR simulator, face painting and a climbing wall to support the Children’s Miracle Network.”Wal-Mart raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network all year,” said Mary Rogers, an assistant manager who helped organize the “first annual” fund-raising event.The event included a vintage car show and a motorcycle show. Luanne Herman, who works in the children’s department at Wal-Mart, said she thought the cars and bikes would be a good draw for people to come out. She was inspired to start the event because she would see a cashier from the store come in with her son Sammy, who was born prematurely.”The Children’s Miracle Network just came right in and helped them out,” Herman said of the mother and her son.Skip Fleming, an overnight end-loader at Wal-Mart, used to be a manager at a store in San Diego, Calif., that had an event similar to this one.”It’s a fund-raiser,” Fleming said. “But it also increases awareness that the Children’s Hospital in Denver serves this area.”The National Guard brought a climbing wall to the event, and the Burning Mountains and Rifle fire protection districts put a few of their trucks on display.”It’s been a great day,” Fleming said. “I think the turnout was great, especially for the ‘first annual.'”Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245 ext. 103ahmiller@postindependent.com

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