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For the last 22 years, Scott & Todd and the Big Show crew have broadcast their final live show of the year from Blythedale.
D.J.s Scott Shannon & Todd Pettengill bring their entire cast, including Cooper Lawrence and meteorologist Bill Evans from WABC-TV for the radio show, broadcast live from the gymnasium named in their honor.
This year patients, family members, staff and supporters enjoyed performances from singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat, the rock band The Fray and Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas, who was back for 14th straight year! Perennial favorites Holiday Express and 'PLJ's own house band, The Elftones also kept the gym rocking throughout the festivities.
This year's event raised more than $100,000 to help fund the Hospital's vitally important Child Life program.
"We are so grateful to Scott and Todd, and all of our friends and supporters, for recognizing the vital importance of our work and providing us with the resources we need to care for children with complicated medical needs," says Blythedale President & CEO Larry Levine. "There is simply no more important task than caring for our children, and Scott and Todd have been behind us, supporting our mission, and raising more than $4 million for more than two decades. It's simply extraordinary."
Rob Thomas debuted a new song, "Joy", which was received with cheers from his most ardent supporters... the children of Blythedale. He also autographed a copy of the lyrics, penned the evening prior to the show, and offered them up as an auction item to benefit the Hospital.
"As always, this show brings so much happiness to Blythedale," said Larry Levine, President & CEO of Blythedale Children's Hospital. "It is simply impossible to quantify all Scott and Todd have done for Blythedale through their substantial fundraising, awareness building, and general good will toward our children, their families and our staff and supporters. We are deeply grateful for their continued dedication and support of our mission." Scott and Todd have raised more than $4 million for Blythedale over the last two decades.
The on-air "rock and roll" auction to benefit the Hospital included top-bid items such as golf with Todd Pettengill ($10,000), a suite at the Izod Center to see Imagine Dragons ($3,200) and four VIP tickets to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ($3,100). Followers of Blythedale on Twitter and Facebook received up-to-the-minute updates on their favorite auction items during the four-hour broadcast.
Another highlight of the morning included visits from many Blythedale "graduates", all of whom enthusiastically updated their former doctors and therapists on their many achievements thanks to the care they received at Blythedale. Happy holidays, indeed!
Contact Lena Cavanna, Director of Community Relations, at email@example.com or (914) 831-2410 for more information or to make a donation in support of the event.