On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Krystal and Chris Curley, from Utica, New York, became the winners of the 25th annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals $100,000 Miracle Drawing. Proceeds of the fundraiser benefit Maternal Child Services at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).
“Every year for the past 20 years, my parents would buy me a ticket for the Miracle Drawing,” said Curley, of her mother, Tricia Bonner. “For the past five years, she’s been buying one for our anniversary, which is October 5, and my husband’s birthday, which is October 6. We’ve been married for five years.
“I like to support this raffle every year,” said Bonner, who purchased the ticket from Chanatry’s Hometown Market. “It’s such a great cause.”
On the evening of the drawing, the Curleys were so busy that they forgot to watch the drawing on live television. They soon found out they won through a number of texts and phone calls from friends and family who had been watching it on WKTV.
“We always watch the drawing every single year,” said Curley. “We were just so busy this year!”
Krystal and Chris are planning to spend some of their winnings on a family trip. “The first thing we want to do is take our parents on vacation,” said Curley. “They deserve it. And we’re happy to pay it forward.”
The Miracle Drawing has raised more than $5.4 million over the past 25 years for women and children at MVHS – all of the money raised stays local. Partners of the $100,000 Miracle Drawing are WKTV NEWSChannel 2, AmeriCU Credit Union, GPO Federal Credit Union and PJ Green.
“We are so grateful to everyone who supported this campaign,” said Debra Wainwright, CMN coordinator for MVHS. “Through the outpouring of generosity in our community, we sold all of the 4,300 available tickets. The funds raised from this effort will make a difference in the lives of many families being cared for here at MVHS.”
For more information and to view the recipients of the six bonus prizes, call the MVHS Foundation at 315-624-5600 or visit mvhealthsystem.org/CMN.
Photo caption: Debra Wainwright (far right) of the MVHS Foundation, presents the winner of the $100,000 Miracle Drawing, Krystal and Chris Curley, with a check for $100,000. The Curleys received the check among family at Chanatry’s Hometown Market, where her mother purchased the winning ticket. (Pictured left to right): Peter and Suzanne Curley; Chris and Krystal Curley, Tricia Bonner and Debra Wainwright.