WZPL/Indianapolis' Smiley Morning Show Request-A-Thon Raises $624K For Make-A-Wish
December 18, 2015 at 4:52 AM (PT)
ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS Top 40 WZPL (99.5)/INDIANAPOLIS' SMILEY MORNING SHOW generated donations of $624,072 during its 19th annual REQUEST-A-THON fundraiser for MAKE-A-WISH in 36 hours from DECEMBER 3rd to 4th, which will allow the organization to grant wishes for 78 children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.
This year's grand total exceeds the previous fundraising record and pushes the SMILEY MORNING SHOW team past $5 million total raised for MAKE-A-WISH since DAVE SMILEY began hosting the event in 2002.
"The REQUEST-A-THON is always an emotional roller coaster for us and our listeners, but to hear the excitement and appreciation in each child's voice when we raise enough money to grant their wish makes every second worth it," said SMILEY.
To participate, listeners requested their favorite tunes in exchange for donations to the cause via calls into the TEACHER'S CREDIT UNION phone bank, text messages or online submissions. During this year's REQUEST-A-THON, 15 area wish kids and their families visited the ZPL studio to share their wishes with listeners. The average cost of a wish is $8,000.
"We are grateful for the ongoing support of ZPL and the SMILEY MORNING SHOW, which has helped us grant more than 700 wishes," said MAKE-A-WISH OHIO/KENTUCKY/INDIANA Pres./CEO DOUG KELLY. "We appreciate this opportunity to share some of our kids' stories with listeners, who are able to hear the impact of their donations on children who are facing a tough road."