ABC15 to air annual telethon to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital

PHOENIX – ABC15 will virtually host the annual ABC15 Telethon on Wednesday, April 13 from 6 a.m. to 10:35 p.m. to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The popular event raised more than $769,000 for the families of Phoenix Children’s patients in 2019. The annual telethon usually airing in April was canceled in 2020.

The Telethon features a phone bank made up of community sponsors and volunteers, and inspirational stories shared by superhero patients, doctors and hospital staff. ABC15’s Sonoran Living show hosted by Terri Ouellette and Susan Casper will devote its entire show to the Telethon, plus a special 30-minute afternoon show. ABC15 News will cover the Telethon across all newscasts and social media platforms throughout the day.

Donors will have the chance to become heroes of hope and save the fortunes of Phoenix Children’s patients by gifting a superhero sidekick to a child when they make a monthly pledge of $20 or a one-time donation of $240 $ or more. Donors can call the phone bank at 602.933.4567 on the day of the telethon or visit to donate.

Corporate sponsors will provide matches throughout the day where a giveaway will go even further in supporting Phoenix Children’s:

• Desert Financial Credit Union 9:00 am – Triple Match, where $20 monthly pledge becomes $60 monthly pledge
• Accident Law Group 6:00 p.m. – Double Match, where $240 one-time gift becomes $480 one-time gift
• Scripps Howard Foundation 10:00 PM – Double Match, where $50 monthly pledge becomes $100 monthly pledge

Every dollar raised during the ABC15 Telethon will have a direct impact on patient care and the essential programs and services provided to patients and their families.

“The support of our ABC15 partners is critical to helping our families and patients who need it most,” said Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The generosity of viewers at home who tune in to make their pledges amazes us every year at Phoenix Children’s.”

“Phoenix Children’s is a vital part of the community,” said Anita Helt, vice president and general manager of ABC15. “Doctors and staff treat the patient and family with dignity and respect. Miracles happen every day at PCH – we are honored to be a small part of their dedication.

The ABC15 Telethon is made possible by corporate sponsors and community partners including: Accident Law Group, Ace Hardware, Ageless Anatomy Med Spa, American Textile Recycling Services, Angry Crab Shack, Arcadia Pediatric Dental, Big O Tires, Clean Freak Car Wash, Desert Financial Credit Union, Discover, Dutch Bros Coffee, Earnhardt Auto Centers, Fry’s Food Stores, IHOP, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Lerner & Rowe Gives Back, Mountainside Fitness, NOVA Home Loans, Panda Express, Phoenix Dance Studio, Plexus Worldwide, Sagicor Life Insurance, Sam’s Club, SBD Contracting Services, Scripps Howard Foundation, Shasta Pools & Spas, Southwest Gas, Swire Coca-Cola, VIP Mortgage, Inc., Verco Decking, Inc., Walmart.

About Phoenix Children’s Hospital: Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital in Arizona recognized by US News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Phoenix Children’s provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and emergency care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the nation, Phoenix Children’s provides care in more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the hospital, visit

About Scripps: The EW Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local television broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with objective, quality local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. Scripps Networks reaches nearly every American through national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff and Court TV Mystery. Scripps is the nation’s largest broadcast spectrum holder. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, DC, and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held the motto “Give light and people will find their own way” for decades.

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