HERSHEY, Pa. — The 14th annual People’s Pay 4 Play on WQXA 105.7 The X on Nov. 12 and 13 raised $315,981.35 for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital. That brings the event’s 14-year fundraising tally to $2.39 million.
Jen Shade, Nipsey and Robb from "The People’s Morning Show" hosted the 28-hour event. Listeners made a donation for a song request. Due to COVID-19, guests joined a video livestream virtually. Several patients and their families shared why #KidsCantWait for COVID-19 to be over. They continue to need life-saving care and vital family-centered programs at Penn State Children’s Hospital.
“Every day and every hour, kids at Penn State Children’s Hospital like my daughter Kennedy need procedures and CMN-funded programs like Child Life, which uses developmental psychology to anticipate what a child needs. For a person like me who lives 1,200 miles away from friends and family, Child Life has been vital to my welfare as a mom and to Kennedy’s development as a child,” said Jayna’ Davis of Harrisburg.
Several businesses also sponsored the event including Central PA Credit Unions, The GIANT Company, The Hershey Company, Highmark, TE Connectivity, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Donegal Insurance Group, JPL, Menasha, Renewal by Andersen, Schaedler Yesco and Universal Media Analytics. Several community groups, patients and their families also raised money. Donations will support equipment, programs and research at Penn State Children’s Hospital.
“Every donation is dedicated to supporting research to enhance treatment and prevent childhood illnesses, and ensuring vital services are available to compassionately help our young patients and their families through challenging times,” said Deborah Berini, president of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “We deeply appreciate everyone’s partnership and support.”
Learn more at CMNHershey.org.