Local Builder Plans Unique Donation For Duke Children’s Hospital Radiothon

Local Builder Plans Unique Donation For Duke Children’s Hospital Radiothon

MIX 101.5/WRAL-FM is starting 2002 with a special boost for their annual Duke Children’s Radiothon to be held in the spring. Local builder Bill Pinkus offered to construct a house in Holly Springs, sell it, and give all the money to Duke Children’s Hospital.

MIX 101.5 personality Bill Jordan (left) interviewed builder Bill Pinkus about the project.

Pinkus first contacted Duke Children’s Hospital about what he could do to help raise money for the 2002 radiothon. He had a desire to help but wasn’t sure how. He then came up with the idea of building a house and giving the proceeds of its sale to the Duke Children’s Miracle Network. Duke and Pinkus presented the idea to MIX 101.5, and promoters at the radio station gratefully and enthusiastically embraced it.

Pinkus Construction broke ground on the house in the Holly Glen neighborhood in Holly Springs with several MIX personalities and local dignitaries on Monday, January 14, 2002. Pinkus hopes to complete construction, weather permitting, in time to be sold during the spring radiothon.

MIX personalities and local dignitaries joined in the groundbreaking ceremony on the house: (left to right) Asst. Town Manager of Holly Springs Chuck Simmons, HS Director of Planning & Zoning Gina Bobber, HS Town Clerk Joni Powell, HS Town Manager Carl Dean, builder Bill Pinkus of Pinkus Construction, Karen McClure from Duke Children’s Hospital,MIX 101.5’s Bill Jordan, Philshaunda Thompson from Duke Children’s Hospital, HS Mayor Dick Sears & MIX 101.5’s Deremia Johnson.

Designer Rick Raynor of Design Tech, Inc. donated the plans for the house.

Local sub-contractors are getting into the spirit of giving with Pinkus. He is finding businesses to donate, or sell at substantially lower costs, building materials for the house.

“We’re in the neighborhood anyway building houses for sale, working our normal job,” Pinkus said. “To build one more for charity and help out the kids is just something that was easy for us to do.”

To keep track of the progress on the house, WRAL-FM will have Miracle Monday’s on the morning show to begin each week. Every Monday the listeners will get an update on on the air from Pinkus or his helpers. MIX 101.5 is also posting digital photos of the construction progress on the house on its website, www.wralfm.com.

MIX 101.5 will kick-off its 9th annual Duke Children’s Hospital Radiothon in May.

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