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One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon Raises $1.07 Million

March 02, 2012

106.1 KISS FM raised 1,073,427.12 for Seattle Children’s during its 11th annual “Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon”

106.1 KISS FM (KBKS), a Clear Channel Radio station, raised 1,073,427.12 for Seattle Children’s Hospital during its 11th annual “Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon” which took place Feb. 29 and March 1.

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.

“Seattle Children's is so fortunate to be celebrating our 11th Radiothon with Jackie & Bender.  They continue to inspire listeners to give by sharing the amazing stories of patients and their families,” said Michele Smith, member, Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.  “It’s because of our very generous community that Children’s is able to provide the best pediatric care available in the Pacific Northwest regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Thank you Jackie & Bender and all the listeners of KISS 106.1 for your incredible support.”

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. 

“You would think I'd be used to it by now, but our listeners continue to blow me away with their level of support for Seattle Children's Hospital,” said Bender, 106.1 KISS FM Morning Show host.  “Year after year, at the start of Radiothon, the goal always seems to be a daunting task, but by the end, I find myself wondering, ‘Why were we so nervous?’  The audience has always come through, and this year was no different.  I can't thank everyone enough for their donations.  It means more than they can possibly imagine.”

Online donations will be accepted through the weekend at  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 co-presented by the John L. Scott Foundation and Kirmac Cares for Kids.  The John L. Scott 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. The Kirmac Cares for Kids program is funded by a percentage of income from vehicle repairs. Kirmac sponsors and volunteers time at fundraising events which benefit Seattle Children’s and BC Children’s Hospital.

About 106.1 KISS FM

106.1 KISS FM is Seattle’s #1 Hit Music station.  It is a CHR-POP radio format with a primary target demo of Adults 18-49 years old.  The playlist currently features artists like Katy Perry, Rihanna, LMFAO and Maroon 5.  106.1 KISS FM is owned an operated by Clear Channel Radio in Seattle which also operates KUBE 93 FM, Sports Radio KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM, 95.7 KJR-FM, “The Brew” KKBU 104.9 FM and South Sounds Sports 850AM.  106.1 KISS FM can be heard on the World Wide Web at Follow us on Twitter at  Like us on Facebook at

About Seattle Children’s

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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