Children’s Miracle Network $100,000 Miracle Home Makeover Winner Mary Whittaker from Ilion

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Caitlin McCann
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Release Date: 
Nov 7, 2013

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Mary Whittaker of Ilion found out she has 100,000 more reasons to celebrate this holiday season. She became the 17th winner of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) $100,000 Miracle Home Makeover with ticket #2373.

Whittaker had been purchasing Miracle Home tickets for the past seven years with more of an intent to donate to a worthy cause than believing she would win the $100,000. “I strongly believe in the mission of the Children’s Miracle Network and appreciate that all of the money raised stays in our area,” Whittaker said. “I am fortunate that my children have been healthy and I am happy to contribute to CMN each year to make sure that the services they provide are available to those in our community who need them.”

Whittaker was caught off guard when her name was read as the winner. “You never think it’s going to be your name that is called,” said Whittaker. “My husband was working at the time of the drawing and didn’t believe me when I called to tell him the great news.”

When Whittaker purchased the ticket she told her daughter that if she were to win, her daughter could have her room remodeled. “As soon as I won, my daughter reminded me of my promise,” Whittaker said. “It looks like my daughter will be getting the new room she wanted after all!”

Partners of the $100,000 home makeover include WKTV NewsChannel 2, Lite 98.7FM, Quadsimia, The Observer-Dispatch, Lewis Custom Homes and Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Mohawk Valley.

The project, which benefits Women’s and Children’s Services at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), has raised more than $3.4 million over the past 17 years. All 4,150 tickets were sold.

 “We are so thankful to these businesses for their amazing generosity,” said Eileen Pronobis, CFRE, executive director of the FSLH Foundation. “They are all very important to the project’s success. Each year more than 85 local businesses donate their time, products and services to make miracles happen for the children in our community and for one lucky winner. Their support makes a difference in the lives of so many of the families we care for at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.”

For more information, call the Foundation at (315) 624-5600 or visit