Previewing the 29th Annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon

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Sunday, June 3 marks the 29th Annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon. And, yes, they are asking for much needed pledges.

“Over the past three years especially, our country has been facing a very tough economy, and All Children’s is so fortunate that the community has maintained its support,” said H. Roy Adams, public information officer of All Children’s Hospital.

Last year alone, All Children’s benefited from generous cash donations totaling nearly $3.5 million. But, Adams is clear that the telethon is not just about the money.

“The telethon is a call to action with the community, and it is a great opportunity for us to give public recognition to the business partners and volunteers who have given so much throughout the year.”

Most importantly, the telethon is about the children. It’s about their stories of recovery, health and success.

Stories such as Hunter’s — All Children’s very first heart transplant recipient. He is all grown up and making a name for himself as a high school football star!

And it’s about stories such as Cody’s and McKenzie’s. This is a tale of two families who belong to the same church and live just minutes apart. But they didn’t know each other until their newborns wound up as neighbors in All Children’s ICU, battling their own life-threatening congenital heart disorders.

And, it’s about what some might consider the little things—the details—that add up to make a huge impact. Adams reports that there are a tremendous volume of people who give of their time and talents who donate items or make clothing and volunteer, which directly reduces costs to the hospital—this is extremely valuable.

Adams continued by praising the many volunteers who serve on auxiliary boards, through the All Children’s Foundation and through advocacy—all who work to help keep All Children’s Hospital advancing and improving throughout the years.

About the telethon itself, one of the most striking things people experience on-set at the telethon is that it operates as a “well-oiled machine,” said Adams. With hundreds of volunteers from All Children’s staff alone, plus thousands more from corporate partners and throughout the community, helping to lead up to the event and then execute it, the infrastructure and logistics that are all planned out is nothing short of impressive.

The goal is that everyone is greeted and guided, ensuring people feel welcomed and comfortable and preventing people from feeling lost to make sure operations run as smoothly as possible.

Two live television operations are going on simultaneously, including the Channel 8 crew, and the program is also streamed live on the telethon’s website.

“So much goes on and so many people are touched by the stories that we will be contacted by people several years later who were moved by something, and they want to give now that they have an opportunity,” said Adams.

While the tote board will tell you all about the critical dollars raised, the stories of the people, the volunteers, the children and the families, and the opportunity for awareness and advocacy make the whole of this event much greater than the sum of its parts.

And yes, it is about asking for pledges. The community can show its support by phoning in a pledge or pledging online.

Starting at 7:00 am, the 12-hour Telethon will be broadcast live on WFLA-TV News Channel 8. Viewers in Ft. Myers/Naples can watch the Telethon on the CW-6, WXCW.

Join All Children’s Hospital as they share heartwarming stories about several All Children’s Hospital patients. They are the real “stars of the show,” and they are counting on your help.

Via Daphne Taylor Street. Daphne can be reached at dts.streetmedia@gmail.com

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.