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 mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top five children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research.

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