March 18, 2005

Radiothon tops last year’s tally

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Volunteers work the phone banks at last week’s Radiothon fund-raising event.
photo by Dana Johnson

Radiothon tops last year’s tally

Last weekend, the River of Hope Radiothon raised $160,236 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. From March 10-12, new radio station partner 107.5 The River broadcast the fund-raiser live from the Performance Stage at the hospital.

“This was the most successful Radiothon yet, with a 42 percent increase from the $112,894 raised from calls to the phone bank last year,” said Jim Shmerling, executive director and CEO of Children's Hospital. “The community has made a strong commitment to this hospital, and their support of the Radiothon will greatly help us give the region's children the very best care. I want to personally thank everyone for their hard work, including our new radio host, 107.5 The River.”

The Radiothon drew in a total of 1,059 pledges. Of those pledges, 724 are new River Kid's Club members.

Rich Davis, program director for the station, said he's proud of his staff's efforts to support the cause.

“We feel very fortunate to be associated with such a prestigious, nationally recognized organization, especially one that impacts children right here in Nashville.”