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Ann Miller
Media Relations Manager
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(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 its 85-year history, All Children's Hospital has grown to become a regional referral center for the highest level of pediatric specialty care and one of the top children's hospitals in the nation. The Hospital's mission also includes a strong commitment to teaching and research, with even greater potential for growth now that All Children's has become the first US hospital outside the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area to achieve membership in Johns Hopkins Medicine. All Children's regional reach has spurred the creation of outreach facilities in seven west central Florida counties. Community support made such growth possible. Today's amazing toteboard total pushes the cumulative total of 28-years of Telethon donations to more than $77-million. And as always, every dollar raised stays right here locally to further All Children's programs and services.

In addition to a taped broadcast on WXCW in the Ft. Myers/Naples area. the annual Telethon was broadcast live from All Children's Education and Conference Center on WFLA-TV News Channel 8 from 7 AM to 6:30 PM on Sunday, June 12th. This marks the first time WFLA's Telethon broadcast was conducted on a single day. The formerly 22-hour broadcast was scaled back as a result of the shrinking number of hours that affiliates like WFLA may pre-empt network programming for special local events in any given calendar year. It also occurred later in the calendar year than ever before - a one-week delay to accommodate a long-standing Telethon conflict with NBC's network coverage of French Open Tennis that occurs each year on the weekend after Memorial Day.

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.