Last weekend, the 32nd Annual Children’s Hospital Telethon on WDSU raised $2,117,383 for research and support of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, exceeding last yearâ€™s total by $57,176.
In a partnership that dates back to 1984, the annual event produced by WDSU and Childrenâ€™s Hospital has brought in more than $30 million to date, helping to ensure that the most advanced medical and surgical care is available to all patients.Â
â€œWeâ€™re always proud to partner with Childrenâ€™s Hospital,â€ said WDSU President and General Manager Joel Vilmenay. â€œEvery year, the telethon serves as a great reminder of the importance of Childrenâ€™s Hospital in our community, and itâ€™s wonderful to see the outpouring of kindness and generosity from our viewers.â€
In addition to WDSUâ€™s own Margaret Orr, Scott Walker, Camille Whitworth and Heath Allen, a sizable number of WDSU staff provided support both in front of and behind the camera to make the telethon a success. WDSU also produced a number of special stories for the event, highlighting how the hospital has helped thousands of local children in need of medical care.Â Â
â€œWe are continually humbled by the support we receive across the Gulf South,â€ said Childrenâ€™s Hospital President and CEO Mary Perrin. â€œIt speaks highly of the giving nature of our region. This is an amazing recognition that our community supports this hospital and the work we do.â€
â€œThis could not have been accomplished without the collective efforts of corporate and individual donors, Childrenâ€™s Hospitalâ€™s patients, families, volunteers, physicians and staff, as well as WDSU,â€ said Roger Gorman, Childrenâ€™s Hospitalâ€™s Development Director. â€œWe again want to thank everyone who gave and participated in the Telethon for being part of our hospitalâ€™s largest fundraiser. The Telethon would not have been such a huge success without them.â€