|29th Annual ACH Telethon Raises $3,745,402 for Kids' Care|
29th ANNUAL ALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TELETHON RAISES $3,745,402 FOR KIDS’ CARE
(June 3, 2012) St. Petersburg, FL – The 2012 All Children's Hospital Telethon today recorded another resounding success in difficult economic times, raising a grand total of $3,745,402 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 29th annual fundraiser.
Other special events benefiting All Children's Hospital were celebrated as part of the Telethon broadcast. Money raised from the individual events was included in this year's $3,745,402 total.
Bill Edwards Presents - A Taste of Pinellas raised more than $300,000 for the hospital over the course of three days in May. Now in its 26th year, the annual food festival included a stellar line-up of headline music acts including Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, Big and Rich, Joe Nichols, The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional which drew record crowds to Vinoy Park on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, thanks to sponsorship by Bill Edwards Presents, Inc., Bright House Networks, Clear Channel and Tampa Bay Times.
All Children's Annual VIP Auction, held in April at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, added another $128,000 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.