PHOENIX — Arizona, you did it.
The 16th annual Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital became the top fundraiser of its kind in the country by collecting more than $1.57 million in donations during a 19-hour radio simulcast on KTAR News (92.3 FM) and Arizona Sports (98.7 FM).
“Wow, to think that Give-A-Thon is now the largest children’s hospital radiothon fundraiser in the United States is mind-boggling,” said Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “But then we’ve always known that this community is capable of doing extraordinary things to support our kids.”
Setting aside primetime KTAR News and Arizona Sports programming schedules for nearly two days, the Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital featured emotional, real-life stories about the children and families whose lives are forever changed by the care they receive at the hospital, which receives high national rankings for a variety of pediatric services.
The theme of this year’s event was Champions of Hope.
“It never ceases to amaze us how our audiences respond to Give-A-Thon, but this year is made even more special by becoming the top children’s hospital radiothon fundraiser in the country,” said Scott Sutherland, Vice President and Market Manager of Bonneville Phoenix, which operates KTAR News, Arizona Sports and ESPN Phoenix. “And we’re so grateful for the support of our amazing Give-A-Thon sponsors, all of whom embrace the PCH mission and inspire their employees, customers and business partners to also contribute to the campaign.”
Give-A-Thon sponsors raised record amounts for the event this year. They include presenting sponsor Valley Hyundai Dealers, Wells Fargo, Carl’s Junior, Taylor Morrison, BestDentalCareAZ.com, Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen, The UPS Store, ACE Hardware, Trane, Papa John’s, Just Sports and Presidential Pools, Spas and Patios,
Funds raised during Give-A-Thon benefit the Hospital’s Hope Fund, which helps the hospital fund research, new clinical programs, technology upgrades, and child- and family-friendly services as well the recruitment of world-renowned physicians to ensure that every child who needs care in the community receives it.