2016 Christmas is for Children Radiothon Raises More Than $1.26 Million for Children’s Health
December 22, 2016
Record-setting year marks 11th year of partnership with CBS RADIO Dallas/Fort Worth
The 2016 Christmas is for Children Radiothon, which supports Children’s Health, raised more than $1.26 million for the eighth-largest pediatric health system in the nation.
The annual event, held Dec. 8-9, raised a total of $1,262,704. One hundred percent of the funds raised over the two-day period support programs at Children’s Health. In partnership with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, CBS RADIO DFW’s 98.7 KLUV, La GRANDE 107.5 FM and NewsRadio 1080 KRLD broadcasted live from the hospital. Jody Dean (98.7 KLUV) and El Chiquilin (La GRANDE 107.5 FM) hosted a marathon 26 hours each over the two-day period. La GRANDE 107.5 FM alone raised a record-breaking $558,199, making it the No. 1 CMN Hispanic Radiothon in the country.
This year, 26 patients and families shared their heartwarming stories via pre-recorded interviews or live appearances with on-air personalities from all three stations and inspired listeners to support Children’s Health.
“The Christmas is for Children Radiothon is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Children’s Health. This year, it exceeded our expectations in every way. It is a highlight for us to share our patients’ heartwarming stories and to welcome corporate volunteers to the hospital. We are simply astounded by the generosity of both community friends and corporate sponsors who truly help us make life better for children,” said Brent E. Christopher, president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “We also appreciate the dedicated team of professionals at CBS Radio for their support and passion, highlighted by the extraordinary Jody Dean and El Chiquilin.”
Brian Purdy, senior vice president and market manager for CBS RADIO DFW, said, “CBS RADIO DFW began the Radiothon partnership 11 years ago to support the incredibly amazing work of Children’s Health. Year after year, the generosity of our listeners continues to humble us as we are reminded of how truly blessed we are here in North Texas.”
The Christmas is for Children Radiothon was made possible by the generous support of local sponsors, including FairLease (presenting sponsor), Credit Union of Texas (phone line sponsor), Neighborhood Credit Union (child champion sponsor), Albertsons-Tom Thumb, The Children’s Courtyard, Granite Properties, Padrino Foods, Skanska, ReTrak, Dallas Fort Worth Acura Dealers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, ADT Security, Cisco, Marquis Group, UBC and El Rio Supermercados.
To view a photo gallery from the Radiothon, and to read the stories that inspired more than $1.26 million in gifts, please visit http://give.childrens.com/radio.
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