The 2nd annual iHeart4Kids Radiothon, hosted by iHeartMedia in South Florida, raised a record-breaking $131,174 (and counting!) on Thursday, far exceeding last year’s proceeds, to benefit the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
The daylong fundraising event aired on 93.9 MIA and NewsRadio 610 WIOD, which shared heart-warming stories from Nicklaus Children’s patients, families, staff and supporters to help benefit kids in our community and beyond. This was the first year that DJ Laz and Kimmy B from 93.9 MIA broadcastlive from the lobby of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital with guests, including Nicklaus Children’s Healthy Humor clowns, pet therapy dogs and more!
“This radiothon is truly special because iHeartMedia and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital serve the same community,” said Tony Yip, senior vice president of sales at iHeartMedia Miami Fort Lauderdale. “They are our listeners and they are Nicklaus Children’s patients, and so it’s all about coming together and helping families who need assistance to care for their child.”
“Last year, we raised $75,000 to benefit the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s. With the help of all of our friends in the community, we raised the bar even higher this year with record funds raised,” said Matthew A. Love, president and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. “We want to thank iHeartMedia, our sponsors and all of our loyal donors for their generosity. These funds will be critical to us in providing continue to provide amazing patient care at our hospital and network of outpatient centers in the future.”
This year’s iHeart4Kids Radiothon is presented by Kroger. Other sponsors include Aflac, Florida RX Card, PCS, Lehman Subaru, J.P. Morgan Chase, Margaritaville at Sea, Mariquitas Plantain Chips, Florida Blue, Dunkin’, Jersey Mike’s, and Shake Shack.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital relies on community support to continue providing amazing patient care to kids across our community and around the world. The hospital serves as a safety net hospital for underserved families in our community, with 70 percent of its patients insured by Medicaid.
If you missed the radiothon, you can still give today by texting MIAMIKIDS to 51555!
Learn more at www.nicklauschildrens.org/radiothon.