PHOENIX - ABC15 raised $320,477 on Wednesday during the station's second annual telethon benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital.
The 18.5-hour-long event was broadcast live from the main hospital tower, and included ABC15 on-air personalities, a phone bank staffed by sponsors and volunteers, special guests and patient family stories.
This year's fundraising total more than doubled the amount raised in 2012, and surpassed the goal of $300,000 for Phoenix Children's 30th birthday.
In honor of Phoenix Children's 30th birthday, donors can still give. Every $30 donation allows the hospital to give a stuffed PetCake to a patient in that donor's name.
"The passion of the ABC15 team to help our patients was remarkable to watch," said Steve Schnall, the hospital's senior vice president and chief development officer. "ABC15' s ability to tell our patients' stories in such a heartfelt, inspirational way made us all proud. Their total station commitment achieved incredible results and will make a real impact for our patients."
ABC15 on-air personalities were on-hand for the telethon include Amy Murphy, Terri Ouellette, Susan Casper, Connie Colla, Brandon Hamilton, Amber Sullins, Steve Irvin, Dan Spindle, Paul Calvisi, and Stephanie Hockridge.
"Our ABC15 team is thrilled with the results of this year's telethon benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital," said Anita Helt, vice-president and general manager at ABC15. "Not only did we achieve our fundraising goal for Phoenix Children's 30th birthday, we were able to use the power of our station to share many emotional patient stories and showcase the amazing work happening at Phoenix Children's. We're all proud to be part of such a worthwhile cause."
This year's ABC15 Telethon featured many of the miracle stories happening each day at the hospital.
Every dollar raised will have a direct impact on patient care and critical programs and services.
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 get underway for a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center to serve the more than 65,000 kids who need its essential care each year.
Sponsors and companies presenting donation checks on the telethon this year were Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Hungry Howie's Pizza, Sanderson Ford and Wells Fargo, plus Arizona Central Credit Union, Big Two Toyota, Charleston's Restaurant, Culver's, Dolce Salon & Spa, IM=X Pilates, Jersey Mike's, La Curacao, Lerner & Rowe, Macy's, Panda Express, Papa Murphy's, Rural/Metro Southwest Zone, Sagicor Life Insurance, Total Freedom Dental Implant Center, Walgreens, Walmart, Zerorez and Zevia.