Excitement was in the air at Blythedale as WPLJ's syndicated morning show, "Scott and Todd in the Morning", broadcast its final show of the year - for the 20th-straight year - from the gymnasium named in their honor at Blythedale on December 21. The benefit broadcast raised more than $150,000 for the Hospital, and donations continue to come in.
D.J.s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill, along with the rest of the morning show were on hand bright and early, welcoming Blythedale's patients when the show kicked off at 6:00 a.m. Patients, family members, staff and supporters were treated to performances by Rob Thomas (who returned for his 12-straight year), The Fray, Matt Nathanson, and Gavin DeGraw, along with perennial favorites Holiday Express and 'PLJ's own house band.
"WPLJ's Annual Holiday Spectacular has become a wonderful tradition here at Blythedale and is always a memorable event for the children as well as their families, and our staff," said Larry Levine, President of Blythedale Children's Hospital. "This year takes on special significance as it was the 20th holiday benefit they have hosted on our behalf. To date they have raised more $4 million for Blythedale, as well as a level of awareness around our hospital and services that simply can't be quantified. We are deeply grateful for their continued support and unwavering commitment to our children."
The on-air auction to benefit the Hospital included top-bid items such as lunch with Rob Thomas ($6,750), six tickets to watch a Yankee game from the general manager's suite ($5,000), and four VIP tickets to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ($4,500). Followers of Blythedale on Twitter and Facebook received up-to-the-minute updates on their favorite auction items the morning of the broadcast. In addition, the station held an online auction to benefit Blythedale on Ebay.
One of the many highlights of the day included visits from several former patients. Hearing of their progress following discharge, and sharing our new building with them put a smile on many faces!
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