Give-A-Thon For Phoenix Children’s Raises $1,061,601 In 19 Hours
(September 13, 2012) – News-Talk 92.3 KTAR and Arizona Sports 620 teamed-up for once again for their annual Give-A-Thon and raised a record-breaking $1,061,601 in its 4th year for Phoenix Children’s Hospital in just 19 hours. This is the third year in a row that Bonneville Media’s two stations and websites, www.ktar.com and www.arizonasports.com have exceeded $1 million in donations. It’s also the first year that their third station, 98.7 The Peak was part of the event, raising more than $17,000 in its first “Pay To Play” day benefiting Phoenix Children’s.
“I am once again amazed and humbled by what Bonneville Media, along with their partners and audience achieve for our patient families,” said Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The work their entire team does in advance, combined with the passion and enthusiasm they bring to the event is incredible. I am extremely grateful to Bonneville Media and our community for their generous support. It truly makes a difference for so many Valley children.”
The stations’ popular on-air personalities hosted the two-day event with passion and compassion, including Doug & Wolf, Mac & Gaydos, Jayme West, Kyndra de St. Aubin, Ned & Connie, Paul Calvisi, Detour Dan, Bruce St. James, Pamela Hughes, Rob Hunter, Karie & Chuck, Burns & Gambo, Pat McMahon and their newest team of Tim & Willy.
Give-A-Thon was broadcast live from the new hospital tower and once again featured the popular Teddy Bear Express, which made special deliveries to patients by KTAR personalities who delivered bears from donors. Visit www.giveathonforpch.com to see photos.
Sports Celebrities called or stopped by throughout the day to make donations and visit patients, including Jay Feely of the Arizona Cardinals; Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes; Willie Bloomquist, Luis Gonzalez, Kirk Gibson, Aaron Hill and Chris Young of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Coach Alvin Gentry, Jared Dudley, Markieff Morris, Kendall Marshall, PJ Tucker and former great Dan Majerle of the Phoenix Suns; and Vice President Annie Myers Drysdale of the Phoenix Mercury.
“It takes an entire caring community to achieve these results,” said Scott Sutherland, Bonneville Media Vice President and Market Manager. “Thousands of listeners donated, companies stepped forward with checks, sports stars lent their celebrity and our entire Bonneville Media team came together for a great cause. To know we are really helping Phoenix Children’s Hospital is extremely rewarding.”
This year’s Give-A-Thon was co-presented by Health Net of Arizona and Valley Hyundai Dealers. Other corporate sponsors included Wells Fargo – phone bank, Wendy’s – tote board, CenturyLink - stories, ACE Hardware, Arizona Painting Company, AZ Pain Centers, Interstate All Battery Center and University of Phoenix. Companies presenting checks included Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance Center and Hubbard Family Swim School, Bumper to Bumper Radio, Chicos FAS, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Fry’s Food Stores, Marriott International, Panda Express, Sagicor Life Insurance, Sleep America, Walgreens and Walmart.
Now one of the top three largest children’s hospitals in the nation, Phoenix Children’s is bringing its world-class care to many more Valley families. Valley residents can still donate to Give-A-Thon by visiting here.
People are encouraged to give whatever amount they can because every dollar donated has a direct impact on patient care. Donors can receive a dollar for dollar Arizona tax credit in 2012 – up to $200 for an individual and $400 for joint filing, making it that much easier to donate to Phoenix Children’s.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country with 465 licensed beds, Phoenix Children’s provides care across nearly 50 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the hospital, visit www.phoenixchildrens.com.