MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Despite an injury that kept News Channel 3 meteorologist Jim Jaggers off the bike he loves to ride, this year’s Go Jim Go fundraiser collected $354,810 in donations for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. That amount put the total raised in the eleven years of the Go Jim Go project to $2,141,878.
The fundraising numbers were announced live on News Channel 3 Wednesday night during this year’s telethon from Le Bonheur.
Jim Jaggers thanked the school children, parents, educators, businesses, and people who have donated to Le Bonheur’s lifesaving work through the Go Jim Go project.
Le Bonheur CEO Meri Armour thanked News Channel 3 and the community for their generosity and support for the hospital. News Channel 3’s general manager Ron Walter called Le Bonheur one of the city’s greatest gems and said the station was proud to help.
Jaggers hurt his knee several weeks ago and only realized days before the ride was set to begin that he wouldn’t be able to bike the full 333 miles. He rode most of the six day event in a pace car but still greeted the children at every one of the more than 80 schools the ride passed by. His core rider team did make the full 333 ride through unseasonably hot weather on several days.
During the telethon, Jaggers named Liz Callicott, one of his core riders, as this year’s top volunteer by giving her the Ginny Award. That award is named for Le Bonheur patient Ginny Barganier, who has been a personal inspiration to Jim since Go Jim Go began.