More than $1.66M raised for Phoenix Children’s Hospital during Give-A-Thon
PHOENIX — The state of Arizona once again showed off its generosity for the Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, raising a record $1,662,830 during a 19-hour radio simulcast on KTAR News (92.3 FM) and Arizona Sports (98.7 FM).
The Give-A-Thon for PCH also maintained its position as the top children’s hospital fundraiser in the country. Since 2009, the event has raised more than $10 million.
“Wow, to think that Give-A-Thon is once again 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 prime time 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.
The theme of the event, Champions of Hope, was the top trending hashtag on Twitter for more than 18 hours.
“It never ceases to amaze us how our audiences respond to Give-A-Thon, and this year was no different as it continues to be 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 this year. They include presenting sponsor Valley Hyundai Dealers, Wells Fargo, Carl’s Junior, Taylor Morrison, Interstate Batteries, The UPS Store, ACE Hardware, Trane, Papa John’s and Just Sports.
KTAR News and Arizona Sports would also like to thank their team partners: Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns.
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.