One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon Raises $1.09 Million

Radio hosts Jackie and Bender brought the stories of Children’s patients, families, staff and volunteers to their listeners across the region, who responded with generous donations.


106.1 KISS FM (KBKS), a Clear Channel Radio station, raised $1,090,396.72 for Seattle Children’s Hospital during its 10th annual “Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon” which took place March 2 and 3.

Radio hosts Jackie and Bender brought the stories of Children’s patients, families, staff and volunteers to their listeners across the region, who responded with generous donations.

"For 10 amazing years, Jackie and Bender have supported Seattle Children's with the Radiothon. They have given a voice to the patients and their families enabling them to share their stories with the community,” said Michele Smith, member, Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. “What a special gift Jackie and Bender and their listeners are to Seattle Children's. Without the help of our generous community we couldn't keep our promise to the community to provide world class health care to all children in our region, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Thank you for 10 wonderful years."

Funds raised through Radiothon will be used for the Children’s Greatest Needs Fund, allowing the hospital the flexibility to fund projects and programs that advance its mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease. Children’s is an important part of the safety net for the region’s children, and with the generous support from community members the hospital is able to deliver on its mission.

"I continue to be absolutely astonished at the level of generosity that our audience displays every year,” explains Bender, 106.1 KISS FM Morning Show host. “This year more than ever - think about it. 26 hours … over $1 Million dollars in donations. I can’t thank everyone enough for making our 10th Anniversary goal come true.”

Online donations will be accepted through the weekend at KISSFMSEATTLE.com. Listeners can also text in a $10 donation by texting the word CARE to 50555.

Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon is presented by the John L. Scott Foundation. The Foundation is funded by the volunteer donations and efforts of John L. Scott sales associates and employees. The Foundation contributes to 18 children’s hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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