February 21, 2011

MIX 106.5 DJs to kick off radiothon for Children’s Center

Popular Baltimore DJs Jojo Girard, Reagan Warfield and Sarah Jacobs of MIX 106.5 will join Johns Hopkins Children’s Center patients, faculty and staff to mark the start of the 22nd annual radiothon to benefit the children’s hospital.

In a new twist this year, the MIX 106.5 Radiothon will take place over three weekdays ending on Friday instead of four days that conclude on Sunday. The broadcast begins at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and continues through 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25.

The radiothon has raised more than $13.1 million for Hopkins Children’s since its debut in 1989.

“Radiothon is the cornerstone of our fundraising, and we are grateful for the unwavering support of our friends at MIX 106.5,” said George Dover, director of Hopkins Children’s. “Year after year, the dedication and talent of our friends at MIX capture the story of Hopkins Children’s in a heartfelt way to garner the support of our community.

“While radiothon funds help Hopkins Children’s pursue new treatments and discoveries for childhood illness and injury, these dollars primarily improve the care we provide and the hospital experience for our young patients and their families,” Dover added.

Girard, who has been involved in the broadcast since its inception, said, “Broadcasting live for three days from the hospital, meeting all the families [and] the nurses, can be demanding emotionally and physically, but telling their stories to the world and being able to rally the support of the listeners is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences you can have.”

The MIX 106.5 Radiothon is part of the ongoing “Caring for Kids” multimedia campaign to benefit Hopkins Children’s patients and their families. Another component of the initiative is the annual special with WMAR-TV, which will air at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25.