‘Popcorn Kid’ retiring after singlehandedly raising $51k for kids through sales

DOROTHYLongtime employee, Dorothy “Popcorn Kid” Lietha, who is retiring after 43 years, made a difference kernel by kernel.

Lietha, who has worked a variety of jobs but most recently was part of the Wellness department’s efforts in the employee gym, is probably best known for her commitment to the children of Southern Arizona.

Since the early days of TMC’s relationship with Children’s Miracle Network, Lietha has sold popcorn — first for 25 cents a bag, and now 50 cents. Those quarters have added up. The TMC Foundation estimates that she has raised more than $51,000 to benefit area children.

“Dorothy embodies the spirit of this organization because of her generosity and her deep love of this community,” said Michael Duran, vice president and chief development officer. “We can each make a profound difference just by leveraging our individual strengths and passions – and for that, Dorothy is an inspiration.”

If you’d like to honor Dorothy and her commitment to children, consider making an online gift in her name for Children’s Services via the TMC Foundation.

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TMC for Children benefits from the generosity of Southern Arizona businesses committed to giving back to the community. It’s that spirit of engagement that makes Tucson special and makes a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our community.

During this year’s Radiothon, we thank Brio Tuscan Grille, Community  Partnerships of Southern Arizona, National Bank of Arizona, Desert Diamond Casino, Vantage West Credit Union, Fry’s Food and Drug, Pizza Hut and Wingstop, Jack-in-the-Box, University of Phoenix, United Healthcare, Geico, Walmart and, of course, 92.9 The Mountain and Clear Channel.

Together, we make miracles happen! Stop by these businesses this week and say thanks!

Devoted employee raises more than $30K for CMN, a quarter or two at a time

Dorothy Leitha has been part of TMC for 37 years.

Not only has she been a vital member of the organization, starting off as a housekeeper and moving over to Food Service, she has contributed significantly to Children’s Miracle Network since its inception.

For more than 25 years, in the months leading up to the annual telethon, Dorothy has sold bags of popcorn to TMC staff and donated all of the proceeds to CMN.

Her total popcorn sales, along with a few raffles and now some Dairy Queen Dilly bar sales, has brought in some $30,000 for Tucson’s children. At 25 cents a bag, that’s more than a few pecks of popped corn. And only recently was she convinced to bump up the price to 50 cents.

Her dedication to the children of Tucson, metered out bag by bag, shows how philanthropy can make a big difference at any level of giving.

Dorothy shows that you don’t have to wealthy or powerful to be a philanthropist. Indeed, it’s the effort and the commitment of people like Dorothy that can remind us of the literal definition of philanthropy – the love of mankind.

Dorothy “The Popcorn Kid” Lietha raises more than $2,300


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