More than $4.8 Million Raised During Two-Day Univision Radio Event to Help St. Jude Fight Childhood Cancer
MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanks to the efforts of Univision Radio and thousands of listeners around the country, more than $4.8 million in cash and pledges were raised during the annual "Promesa y Esperanza" (Promise and Hope) benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers. Loyal listeners of Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group, joined the fight against childhood cancer by pledging a monetary donation during the radiothon, which took place on March 4-5 in cities including Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Puerto Rico.
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"Everyone at St. Jude is grateful for the continued generosity of the Hispanic community. We are fortunate to have their tremendous support as we fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. "Through the success of events like the 'Promesa y Esperanza' radiothon and the support of Univision Radio, our precious patients are given hope."
During the two-day radiothon, listeners of Univision Radio in communities around the country became Angeles de Esperanza (Partners in Hope) with a monthly $20 donation. Thanks to these donations, St. Jude will be able to keep its promise that no child is ever denied treatment because of a family's inability to pay. Also, these donations will help support the groundbreaking research conducted at St. Jude.
"It is an honor for Univision Radio to support the St. Jude mission through this national initiative and give hope to thousands of children and their families," said Gary Stone, president and chief operating officer, Univision Radio. "This great event demonstrates our company's commitment to help find a cure for childhood cancer and other deadly diseases."
St. Jude patients joined Univision disc jockeys in radio booths across the country to share their story with listeners and volunteers. Stars from the Latin music world who also joined and supported the St. Jude mission included singers Thalia, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Victor Manuelle, Huey Dunbar, Pee Wee, Herencia de Tierra Caliente, Sergio Antonio, Giro Lopez, Tati, Diana Reyes, Joey Montana, Rick Orozco, Jenny Rivera, Christian Chavez, Gloria Estefan, Don Francisco, as well as some of Univision's most popular television personalities, including Raul Gonzalez from "Despierta America" (Wake Up America), Raul Molina from "El Gordo y La Flaca" (The Scoop and the Skinny), and Marisa del Portillo from "Escandalo TV" (Showbiz TV). Also, Univision Radio's most popular radio personalities gave their time and talent to help the children of St. Jude, such as El Piolin, la Dra. Isabel, Javier Romero, Enrique Santos, Julie Stav, Luisa Fernanda, Carlos Calderon, Raul Brindis, Dra. Aliza Lifshitz, and many more.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 95% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 85% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavision, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces telenovelas, reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for all of the Company's platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 64 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; and Univision Interactive Media, which includes http://www.univision.com, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S., and Univision Movil, the industry's most comprehensive Spanish-language suite of mobile offerings. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa's pay television channels in the U.S. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net
SOURCE St. Jude Children's Research Hospital