106.1 KISS FM’s “One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon” Raises $1 Million

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Jackie, Bender, and Michele Smith of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees

Clear Channel Communities, the community engagement brand of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, and 106.1 KISS FM (KBKS) raised $1,009,271.52 for Seattle Children’s Hospital during its 12th annual “Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon” which took place Feb. 26 and 27.

106.1 KISS FM hosts Jackie and Bender broadcasted the stories of Children’s patients, families, staff and volunteers to listeners across the region, who responded with generous donations and helped 106.1 KISS FM reach the 2013 goal of $1 Million. Throughout the two-day Radiothon, fans were encouraged to donate online, via text and in an online auction as well as by joining the KISS for Kids Club, which allows listeners to sign up to make a monthly donation. Online donations will be accepted through the weekend at www.KISSFMSEATTLE.com. Listeners can also make a $10 donation by texting the word CARE to 50555.

“It’s truly incredible that Jackie and Bender’s compassion for Seattle Children’s inspires so many to give generously and has for 12 years,” said Michele Smith, member, Seattle Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees. “They have given a voice to so many patients and their families to share their amazing stories with our community uniting everyone in supporting Seattle Children’s. Thank you so much, Jackie and Bender and all of your generous listeners for your support!”

To date, “Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital” has raised over $11.5 Million for Seattle’s Children’s. Funds raised through the Radiothon will be allocated to 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. Seattle 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.

"The last two days of live broadcasts from Seattle Children’s have flown by and our listeners came through once again!” said Bender, 106.1 KISS FM morning show host. “Year after year, we ask, and they deliver. One million times over! I can't thank everyone enough for their support, sponsorships and donations. It means more to us than you can imagine."

“Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital” is co-presented by the John L. Scott Foundation. 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.

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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