One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon Raises $881,720

Morning show host Bender brought the stories of Children’s patients, families, staff and volunteers to their listeners across the region

106.1 KISS FM (KBKS), a Clear Channel Radio station, raised more than $881,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital during its 13th annual “Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon” which took place December 17. This was the second Radiothon event the radio station hosted this year bringing their 2013 grand total to over $1.88 Million.

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

“It’s truly incredible that Jackie and Bender inspire so many to give generously, especially during the holidays,” 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. In 15 hours, KISS listeners donated the same amount raised after their second annual 4-day effort. We can’t thank you enough!”

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.

“ $881,720 in a little over 14 hours? KISS-FM has the greatest listening audience in the world,” said Bender, 106.1 KISS FM Morning Show host. “As a community, we were able to raise an incredible amount of money just a week before Christmas. A true Christmas miracle if there ever was one. Seattle Children’s Hospital is, as Phil Smart used to refer to it, a blessed miracle house. He would have been so proud. Thank you to EVERYONE who donated. It means more to me than you could possibly imagine. Merry Bendermas!!”

Photos from the event are posted to and online donations are still being accepted on the event webpage. 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 powered by CenturyLink. 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 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, Maroon 5, OneRepublic and Lady Gaga. 106.1 KISS FM is owned an operated by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in Seattle which also operates KUBE 93 FM, Sports Radio KJR 950 AM, 95.7 KJR-FM, The Brew 104.9FM (KKBW), 102.9 NOW FM (KYNW) 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

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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