A big thank you to everyone who tuned in for our 17th Annual Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, helping us set a new all-time fundraising record. It is because of the generous hearts of the Arizona community that we are still the top children’s hospital radiothon fundraiser in the country! This is the ninth year KTAR News 92.3 FM and 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station teamed up for Give-A-Thon, raising another record-breaking $1,662,830 during a 19-hour radio simulcast.
We had heard from so many of our corporate partners who wanted to be involved with this years’ event that we had a feeling it would be one for the books. But we had no idea just how special it would be. Back in 2010, the first time we raised $1 million with our friends at KTAR News 92.3 FM and 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, it happened within the last 30 minutes of the event. Each year since then, it has been pretty much the same story with hospital staff, volunteers and the team at KTAR News 92.3 FM and 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station crossing our fingers and holding our breath in hopes to recreate that milestone. This year, things were different; we felt that excitement much earlier when we hit $1 million in the noon hour, with seven hours to go, we knew we had to go for it; we would shoot for the stars and beat 2016’s $1.57 million. We did just that!
“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.”
Thanks to our amazing corporate partners who supported our efforts and an extra special thanks to our incredible community who when asked stepped up and made this event such a huge success. Our Champions of Hope will ensure we are going to be delivering over 1,300 teddy bears to patients like James, Ethan, Trinity, Addison, Isaac, and Miela as well as throughout the year to our patients.
Give-A-Thon is made possible thanks to corporate sponsors: Valley Hyundai Dealers, Ace Hardware, Carl’s Jr., Wells Fargo, ACE Hardware, Taylor Morrison, The UPS Stores, Just Sports, Interstate Batteries, TRANE and Papa John’s; and corporate partners Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, American Textile Recycling Services, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Central Credit Union, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, CDW, Chapman BMW on Camelback, Chico’s FAS, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Direct Energy, Earnhardt Hyundai Avondale, Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale, Fiesta Bowl Charities, Fry’s Food Stores, Gila River Casinos, Hard Rock Café, Harley Davidson of Scottsdale, Howard Air, Ideas Collide, IHOP, Jason’s Deli, Massage Envy, Mr. Glassworks, Panda Express, Phoenix Suns, R&K Building Supplies, R3EWaste, Sagicor, Sam’s Club, San Tan Ford, San Tan Hyundai, Stream Logistics, Stunning Homes Realty, United RX Card, Valley of the Sun 20-30 Club / Valley Kids Foundation, Walgreens and Walmart.
The funds raised at Give-a-Thon benefit the Hospital’s Hope Fund, which helps us fund research, new clinical programs and technology. It also helps us 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. For that we thank you. We thank each of you who called in or stopped by to make a donation, we thank the kids who brought us their piggy banks, the families who courageously let us into their lives and shared their stories, the volunteers who stepped in when we needed them and to our tremendous corporate partners who raised record amounts for our kids.