ABC15 hosts third annual telethon supporting Phoenix Children's Hospital

PHOENIX - ABC15 will host its third annual telethon benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital on April 9, 2014.

Every dollar raised will have a direct impact on patient care, along with critical programs and services provided to patients and families.

The event will be broadcast live on ABC15 between 4:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. from the main hospital tower with patient stories, a phone bank for donations and special celebrity appearances.

ABC15 on-air personalities who will be on-hand for the telethon include Connie Colla, Dan Spindle, Katie Raml, Steve Irvin, Stephanie Hockridge, Amber Sullins, Iris Hermosillo, Susan Casper and Terri Ouellette.

Donors can give by calling the live phone bank at 602-933-4567 or going online to www.abc15.com/telethon .

Donors will also have the opportunity to give a PetCake® to a patient in their name when they make a $15 monthly pledge or single gift of $180 or more. The PetCakes are a unique stuffed animal designed to comfort our young patients.

“The ABC15 Telethon is our way of taking action to ensure Phoenix Children’s Hospital can continue to provide world-class care,” said Anita Helt, ABC15 vice-president/general manager. “Our entire ABC15 team and generous business partners look forward to this annual event knowing we are helping PCH care for children who are suffering in our community.” 

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been undergoing a major expansion in the past several years to keep up with the demand for its world-class care. A state-of-the-art new patient tower opened in 2011, making Phoenix Children’s one of the largest children’s hospital in the country. In 2012, the Children’s Heart Center and Molecular Medicine Institute opened. In 2013, plans were announced for a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center to serve the nearly 80,000 kids who need its essential care each year.

“We truly appreciate ABC15’s collaboration and dedication to helping our patients and families,” said Steve Schnall, the Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “ABC15 is an exceptional partner to the Hospital, putting forth incredible, heart-felt effort and committing full station resources to this event. The results make a real difference for the Hospital.”

Partners and companies presenting donation checks on the telethon this year are: Sanderson Ford & Lincoln, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, and Biltmore Loan & Jewelry, plus Ace Hardware, Arizona Central Credit Union, Arizona Lottery, Charleston’s Restaurant, Cobblestone Auto Spa, Culver’s, Chicken of the Sea, Curacao, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Fry’s Food Stores, Getup4.com, IHOP, Jersey Mike’s, Landings Credit Union, Macy’s, Novocur Pain Clinics, Panda Express, Red Devil Restaurant, Sagicor, Sleep America, Smashburger, Taylor Morrison, The UPS Store, TITLE Boxing Club, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club, Walgreens, Walmart, Whataburger and Zerorez.

For additional information about the ABC15 Telethon benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital, contact the Hospital’s Foundation at (602) 933-4483.

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