Show Them Love Telethon Raises Over $50,000 to Benefit Northern California Shriners Hospital


Two miniature horses with volunteers

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California found out what love is when FOX40 Television hosted the Show Them Love telethon on March 6. Broadcasting live from the hospital lobby, the FOX40 news team conducted interview-after-interview as patients, parents, doctors, staff and volunteers told what makes Shriners Hospitals for Children different from the rest.

The community responded with an outpouring of generosity. Phones rang from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., as callers pledged their support to the tune of $51,731. The proceeds include telephone and online donations made to as well as an $11,000 gift from Varimax presented during their March 6 appearance on FOX40 Studio Live.

“The outpouring of community generosity is overwhelming and a poignant reminder of how Shriners Hospitals for Children is sustained by people who believe they can make a positive difference in the lives of others,” said Alan Anderson, Director of Development at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. “We are grateful to the people from all walks of life who support our mission, and at the same time we are humbled by their generosity.  The contributions made during the telethon will support the complex and comprehensive care that is the hallmark of our mission,” Anderson added.

The Show Them Love telethon was inspired by the generosity of the classic rock band FOREIGNER®, which re-recorded its hit song “I Want to Know What Love Is” to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. A video version of the song featuring a chorus of Shriners Hospital kids also is available for download.  Portions of the music video appear in the Show Them Love campaign that aired on television nationally to support Shriners Hospitals for Children.

All telethon activities took place in the lobby of the Northern California Shriners Hospital. Volunteers, including Shriners and Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, staffed phone lines. Community volunteers provided musical entertainment throughout the day. Among those performing in the lobby were the Ben Ali Million Dollar Band, Robert Greene, Ron L. Matthews, Marsha Lee, the Ponderosa High School Jazz Band and Choir and Dinorah Klingler.Helping to tell the inspiring stories that form the fabric of Shriners Hospitals for Children were members of the FOX40 news team — Olivia DeGennaro, Scott Moak, Eric Harryman and Eric Rucker.

Volunteers posing with the Shriners bear

Camera crew filming volunteers at the telethon

The band performing at the Show Them Love Telethon

Group posing in front of the telethon donation screen

A shriner being interviewed on camera

A woman being interviewed on camera

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause, gastro-intestinal diseases, ano-rectal disorders, chest wall malformations and other complex surgical needs. Admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or visit here.