MEMPHIS, TN — More than $4.8 million in cash and pledges were raised during the annual “Promesa y Esperanza” (Promise and Hope) benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Listeners of Univision Radio joined the fight against childhood cancer by pledging a monetary donation during the radiothon, which took place on March 4-5 in cities including Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Puerto Rico.
“Everyone at St. Jude is grateful for the continued generosity of the Hispanic community. We are fortunate to have their tremendous support as we fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “Through the success of events like the ‘Promesa y Esperanza’ radiothon and the support of Univision Radio, our precious patients are given hope.”
During the two-day radiothon, listeners of Univision Radio in communities around the country became Angeles de Esperanza (Partners in Hope) with a monthly $20 donation.
St. Jude patients joined Univision disc jockeys in radio booths across the country to share their story with listeners and volunteers. Stars from the Latin music world who also joined and supported the St. Jude mission included singers Thalia, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Victor Manuelle, Huey Dunbar, Pee Wee, Herencia de Tierra Caliente, Sergio Antonio, Giro Lopez, Tati, Diana Reyes, Joey Montana, Rick Orozco, Jenny Rivera, Christian Chavez, Gloria Estefan, Don Francisco, as well as some of Univision’s most popular television personalities, including Raul Gonzalez from “Despierta America” (Wake Up America), Raul Molina from “El Gordo y La Flaca” (The Scoop and the Skinny), and Marisa del Portillo from “Escandalo TV” (Showbiz TV). Also, Univision Radio’s most popular radio personalities gave their time and talent to help the children of St. Jude, such as El Piolin, la Dra. Isabel, Javier Romero, Enrique Santos, Julie Stav, Luisa Fernanda, Carlos Calderon, Raul Brindis, Dra. Aliza Lifshitz, and many more.