The 19th annual 98.1 KDD “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital continued growing this year, raising $657,405 for the hospital – over $100,000 more than the amount raised in 2017.
“Year after year the community rallies behind the hospital in such a big way, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program manager at Akron Children’s.
Change Bandits started the festivities at the Akron Zoo with the annual Change Bandit Bash. This year close to 300 community members, businesses and groups signed up to “rob” friends and family of their spare change to support Akron Children’s. The Change Bandits who attended the bash brought their buckets, jars, bags and cans of coins to the zoo and raised more than $17,000 to kick start the fundraising.
Throughout the 3-day event, Keith and Tony from 98.1 KDD’s morning show broadcasted live from the hospital’s lobby and encouraged listeners to call or text in a donation.
“We could not do this fundraiser without the continued support from KDD,” said Avalon. “Keith and Tony share so many stories from our patient families and that’s the most impactful part of the event, hearing how Akron Children’s has impacted their lives.”
Thank you to the two title sponsors of the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon – FedEx Custom Critical and Klaben Auto Stores – and thank you to the phone bank sponsor, FirstEnergy. Special thanks to the donors who stepped up to match donations that came in throughout Radiothon, doubling or even tripling the impact for Akron Children’s patients:
- Anonymous long-time supporters of Akron Children’s
- The Didado Family
- FirstEnergy Foundation
- Lin and Jim Gentile
- Giant Eagle
- Ahmad and Ruba Jadallah
- Dale and Peggy Koblenzer
- Doug and Vicki Kovatch
- Legacy Strategic Asset Management
- John and Kristine Mogen
- Milton James Foundation
- The Perrin Family
- Richland County Foundation
- Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation
- Don and Marcia Stone
- Milt Wiskind
- The Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital
Thank you also to the more than 300 volunteers from over 30 area companies, groups and hospital departments who worked the phone banks throughout Radiothon, and the additional 250 volunteers who made the event possible.