|28th Annual ACH Telethon Raises $3,443,318 for Kids' Care|
28th ANNUAL ALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TELETHON RAISES $3,443,318 FOR KIDS’ CARE
(June 12, 2011) St. Petersburg, FL – The 2011 All Children's Hospital Telethon today recorded another resounding success in difficult economic times, raising a grand total of $3,443,318 for the region's referral center for specialized pediatric care.
This year's Telethon theme, "Celebrate the Miracles," focused on the amazingly strong children and their families who count on All Children's expertise. Stories of youngsters from throughout west central Florida who have benefited from All Children's care were the highlight of the 28th annual fundraiser.
In addition to the Telethon, other special events benefiting All Children's Hospital were celebrated as part of the broadcast. Money raised from the individual events was included in this year's $3,443,318 total.
Bill Edwards Presents - A Taste of Pinellas raised more than $287,038 for the hospital over the course of three days in May. Now in its 25th year, the annual food festival generated record dollars/crowds. A stellar line-up of headline music acts including Josh Turner, Chris Isaak, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Colbie Caillat and Third Eye Blind drew record crowds to Vinoy Park on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, thanks to sponsorships by Bill Edwards Presents, Inc., Bright House Networks and XL411.
All Children's Annual VIP Auction, held in April at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, added another $130,000 to the Telethon total.
All funds raised through Telethon events go directly to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. The All Children's Hospital Telethon is part of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, an alliance of premier hospitals for children. CMNH is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America through partnerships with their local TV stations.