ABC15’s 5th annual telethon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital raised $543,500 to benefit the patients and families receiving care at the hospital. Corporate partners and individual donors rallied to save the day for Phoenix Children’s patients during the superhero-themed event on April 12, resulting in the record-breaking fundraising total. Every dollar raised has a direct impact on patient care and life-saving and enriching programs.
ABC15 on-air personalities, including Katie Raml, Nick Ciletti, Terri Ouellette and Susan Casper, broadcast live from the Hospital throughout the day. 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 – 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.
“The record-breaking fundraising total is a reflection of the dedication of ABC15 and its partners, and the phenomenal way they share the stories of our patients and families to inspire the community,” said Steve Schnall, the Hospital’s senior vice president and chief development officer. “We are extremely appreciative of the support of the entire Telethon team, our corporate sponsors and partners, and the community, who have all come together to provide critical funding for the Hospital.”
For every Hero for Hope donation, a Phoenix Children’s patient will receive a cuddly Hero Bear, 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 Scripps Howard Foundation contributed to the cause with a donation of $5,000.
The event’s corporate sponsors and partners helped take the Telethon to new heights. Telethon sponsors include: Jersey Mike’s Subs, Sanderson Ford & Lincoln, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union and Biltmore Loan & Jewelry. Additional partners include: Ace Hardware, All American Classics, Altier Credit Union, AZ Pain Centers, AZ Vein and Laser Institute, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing & Brewer One Hour AC, BigO Tires, CBRE, Charleston’s Restaurant, Danzeisen Dairy, Dolce Salon & Spa, FELD Entertainment, Fry’s Food Stores, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Hungry Howie’s, IHOP, Landings Credit Union, Macy’s, Nextiva, Panda Express, Rubio’s, Sagicor, Sam’s Club, Smashburger, Stream Logistics, Taylor Morrison, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club/Valley Kids Foundation, Walmart, Whataburger, Z’ Tejas and Zerorez.