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

February 10, 2002

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 Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, 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, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. 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 http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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