The 6th Annual ABC15 Telethon raised a record total $740,585 to benefit the patients and families receiving care at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The superhero-themed event celebrated the strength and courage of Phoenix Children’s patients, and corporate partners and individual donors rallied to save the day during the April 11 event. Every dollar raised has a direct impact on patient care and life-saving and enriching programs.
Throughout the day, ABC15 on-air personalities, including Katie Raml, Kim Tobin, Terri Ouellette and Susan Casper, broadcasted live from the Hospital. Viewers were invited to become Heroes for Hope by making a monthly gift of $20 or more or a one-time gift of $240. Appearances by superheroes – both washing windows outside the hospital and visiting kids in the cafeteria – as well as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, highlighted the event. Hospital patients and their families were the true heroes of the day, as they bravely shared their inspirational stories of battling life-threatening illnesses and injuries, with treatment and support from their team at Phoenix Children’s.
“We’re blown away by the generosity of ABC15, our corporate sponsors and partners, and the community, who’ve given so generously in support of the patients and families we care for at Phoenix Children’s,” said Steve Schnall, the Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “We’re so appreciative of the way the team at ABC15 shares our patient family stories to inspire such incredible support for the Hospital.”
For every Hero for Hope donation, a Phoenix Children’s patient will receive a cuddly Superhero Sidekick stuffed animal, bringing comfort and joy during their time in the hospital. All donations are directed to the Hospital’s Hope Fund, which finances innovative research, cutting-edge technology, the recruitment of leading physicians, and the child-friendly programs and services that make the hospital environment more comfortable for young patients.
The event’s corporate sponsors and partners helped take the Telethon to new heights. Telethon sponsors include: Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Jersey Mike’s Subs and Sanderson Ford & Lincoln. Additional partners include: Ace Hardware, All American Classics, Altier Credit Union, American Textile Recycling Services, Arizona Lottery, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Big O Tires, Chapman BMW on Camelback, Charleston’s Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill, CoolEvents, LLC, Debbie Gaby Charities, Dolce Salon & Spa, Fiesta Bowl Charities, Fry’s Food Stores, Harley Davidson of Scottsdale, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, IHOP, Kurush Motorsports, Macy’s, Mazda Dealers of Phoenix, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Sagicor, Sam’s Club, Scripps Media, Smashburger, Stream Logistics, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club/Valley Kids Foundation, VIP Mortgage, Walmart, Whataburger, Your Home Team Pros at Uptown Realty, Z’ Tejas and Zerorez.