2015 Phoenix Children’s Give-A-Thon is one for the record books

Aug 20, 2015, 7:11 PM | Updated: 11:18 pm

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Thank you, Arizona!

The 15th annual Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital set a new fundraising record by collecting more than $1.47 million in donations during a 19-hour radio simulcast on KTAR News 92.3, Arizona Sports 98.7 and ESPN Phoenix 620.

“Give-A-Thon is now the second largest Children’s Hospital fundraiser in the United States, surpassing Chicago this year,” Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, said. “It’s because of the unique combination of a supportive community, tremendous corporate partners and the extraordinary audience engagement on KTAR News, Arizona Sports and ESPN Phoenix.”

The two-day event raised a grand total of $1,477,074, helped bring awareness to many programs and projects the hospital is working on, and told many amazing stories of families who are helped every day because of the generosity of the community.

The Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s featured emotional, real-life stories about the children and families whose lives are forever changed by the care they receive at the hospital, which regularly receives high national rankings for a variety of pediatric services.

The theme of this year’s event was Champions of Hope.

“We are in awe of the way our audiences responded to this event,” said Scott Sutherland, Vice President and Market Manager of Bonneville Phoenix, which operates KTAR News, Arizona Sports and ESPN Phoenix. “It demonstrates the special bond that local radio has with its audience.”

Give-A-Thon sponsors also raised record amounts for the event this year. They included The Valley Hyundai Dealers, CenturyLink Business, Wells Fargo, Carl’s Junior, The UPS Store, ACE, Papa John’s, Just Sports and CVS Pharmacy.

Funds raised during Give-A-Thon benefit the Hospital’s Hope Fund, which helps the hospital fund research, new clinical programs, technology, recruit world-renowned physicians, fund child-and family-friendly services and ensure that each and every child who needs care in our community receives it.

Phoenix Children’s will also break ground on a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by end of the year. More information is available at

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2015 Phoenix Children’s Give-A-Thon is one for the record books