Children’s hospital fundraiser sees record-breaking year

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Kelly Dyer. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and iHeartMedia reported their biggest year to date for their December 2021 Radiothon fundraiser.

The 22nd annual Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Radiothon received a record donation amount of $503,135 to support the hospital in providing high-quality health care for kids in West Michigan and beyond. The Dec. 9-10 on-air event, hosted on STAR 105.7 and B-93.7, saw a record-breaking $490,377 of donations come in through the event, and online donations continued to come in throughout the following weekend.

Phone pledges and online donations came from a variety of listeners, including individuals, corporate sponsorships, volunteer pledges and in-kind donations.

“We are grateful for the sponsors, the family of donors and the continued partnership with iHeart Radio,” said Kelly Dyer, president of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This funding supports programs and services at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and directly impacts the patients and families we serve.”

The fundraiser has generated more than $4 million in its 22-year history, supporting more than 20 programs and services, including the Center for Child Protection, Child and Family Life Services.  

“This is a great time of year for the community and corporate partners to come together and support the life-changing and life-saving work at the children’s hospital,” said Tim Feagan, iHeart Media and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation board vice chair. “The moment the event concludes, we begin planning the next year. This is an event we are thrilled to be a part of, and (we are) passionate about the care that we are grateful to have here in West Michigan.”

Donations to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation can be made online or by calling (616) 391-2000.

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