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KTAR & Arizona Sports ‘Give-A-Thon’ raises more than $2M for Phoenix Children’s

Those who signed up as a “Champion of Hope” provided a gift teddy bear, in their name, to an existing Phoenix Children’s patient. (File Photos/

Phoenix Children’s lauds staggering community response

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The 22nd annual Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s, hosted by KTAR News 92.3 FM and 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station and presented by Valley Hyundai Dealers and Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised $2,038,532.

During the week-long event from Aug. 15 to Aug.19, communities across Arizona gave money to support world-class care at Phoenix Children’s. The KTAR & Arizona Sports Give-A-Thon is the nation’s longest and most successful radiothon of its kind, according to a press release.

The event, broadcast over five days, included appearances from KTAR and Arizona Sports personalities, including Jim Sharpe, Jayme West, Mike Broomhead, Ron Wolfley, Luke Lapinski, Dan Bickley, Vince Marotta, Sarah Kezele, Jarrett Carlen, Larry Gaydos, Chad Benson, Dave Burns, John Gambadoro, Becky Lynn and Dan Beach. All of the proceeds generated will directly benefit Phoenix Children’s Hope Fund, which funds essential equipment, operations, charitable care, Child Life resources, virtual care and research.

“To set a new record during these turbulent economic times showcases what amazing results can come from local, powerful, multiplatform storytelling by the most talented content team in the country combined with a generous community dedicated to caring for the future of our children,” said Ryan Hatch, senior vice president at Bonneville Phoenix.

“We are so grateful to our listeners and viewers, sponsors, team partners, and, of course, the hundreds of volunteers for their wonderful support of the Give-A-Thon. Funds raised during Give-A-Thon make an impact on the delivery of expert, family-centered care for more than 204,319 patients each year.”

Steve Schnall, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation’s chief development officer, points when a call for support was made — media partners were there.

“We cannot thank KTAR, Arizona’s Sports Station and the local community enough for their support,” he said following the fundraiser event. “The KTAR Give-A-Thon is an important reminder that when we put out the call, the community will step up and make sure kids get the top-notch healthcare they need.”
People were encouraged to become a Champion of Hope with a monthly gift of at least $20 or a one-time gift of at least $240, the release states.

Those who signed up as a “Champion of Hope,” provided a teddy bear, in their name, to an existing Phoenix Children’s patient. Give-A-Thon will return August 2023.

If you missed Give-a-Thon, it’s not too late to donate: Go here, to donate.

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