One Big Kiss for Children's Radiothon Raises $550,000 for Children's Hospital

Seattle, WA – KISS 106.1 FM, an Infinity broadcasting station, raised more than $550,000 for Children Hospital and Regional Medical Center during its first ever Radiothon, February 7 through 10.


Seattle, WA – KISS 106.1 FM, an Infinity broadcasting station, raised more than $550,000 for Children Hospital and Regional Medical Center during its first ever Radiothon, February 7 through 10. Radio personalities Jackie and Bender, along with Amy and Jake and other on-air KISS 106.1 staff, brought the stories of Children’s patients, families, staff and volunteers to their listeners across the region. Listeners in turn responded by calling in their donations.

“It was a wonderful experience to have Jackie and Bender at the hospital. They were an inspiration to our children and families and we are so grateful to everyone at KISS for this tremendous gift,” said Peggy Habegger, Trustee for Children’s. The money raised from the Radiothon will help ensure that no child is turned away regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

The four-day event was filled with emotional stories from start to finish. For the grand finale Bender submitted to a buzz-cut after listeners met his final fund raising challenge.

“Everyone at KISS is amazed at the support our listeners demonstrated this weekend for the kids and Children’s Hospital …. and we can’t wait for next year’s Radiothon” said Mike Preston, Program Director of KISS 106.1.

The Radiothon will become an annual KISS 106.1 event for Children’s.

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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