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Coyotes Raise Record Amount During Annual PCH Telethon

More than $150,000 donated to benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital Hope Fund

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes raised a record $150,000 Monday night during their annual telethon supporting the Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

Fundraising efforts were led by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, which worked in conjunction with Bally Sports Arizona. Donations were accepted at the start of Monday's game against the Sharks and were open through noon Tuesday.

Funds were earmarked for the Phoenix Children's Hospital "Hope Fund." The Hope Fund supports Phoenix Children's advances in technology, clinical trials and medical breakthroughs.

President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez was extremely pleased with the results of the telethon, especially given the financial hardships brought on by the pandemic. 

"This really shows how the power of sports can really make a difference in other people's lives," Gutierrez said. "And as an organization, that's what we really want to be about. We want the community to know that we are going to do everything we can to really embrace our responsibility as leaders, to bring folks together, to create hope, to inspire, to use our voice to make a difference."

The initiative falls in line with the "Coyotes Care" ethos, Gutierrez said.

"This is just a continuation of our efforts to really embrace our role as a community leader. When people think of this organization, we want them to say, 'The Coyotes care, they care about me, they care about my family, they care about the community. 

"The entire club really rallied around this effort," Gutierrez said. "I'm just very proud, and very honored that we were able to exceed our expectations and do something we've never done before in terms of the amount of money raised."

Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Alex Meruelo was one of the donors.

Former Coyotes captain and current Chief Hockey Development Officer Shane Doan worked the phone lines, along with Coyotes alumni, some iHeart media personalities, and front office staff.

"You're going in hopeful, you're not really sure what to expect, but it exceeded everyone's expectations," Doan said. "I think the Foundation did a great job. It was fun to be in that room and on the phones, I had a blast. I want to thank Tyson (Nash), Paul (Bissonnette) and Darcy Hordichuk for being there. Having some alumni there made it a fun and eventful evening."

The Coyotes have partnered with the Phoenix Children's Hospital since moving to the Valley in 1996.

"Phoenix Children's Hospital isn't just a great hospital, it's one of the best in the entire country," Doan said. "What they do for kids -- and not just the kids, but the families of the kids -- it's special. When we as an organization get a chance to do something with them, it's a no-brainer." 

Fans who donated amounts from $100 - $399 received a Reverse Retro plush blanket; fans who donated $400 or more received an autographed No. 25 Kachina jersey, to signify the team's 25th anniversary, signed by Captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Coyotes legends Shane Doan, Jeremy Roenick, and Keith Tkachuk. All donations of $100 or more received two lower-level tickets to a future game.

Television Analyst Paul Bissonnette left the broadcast booth to answer calls and remained by the phones throughout the second half of the game, even doing his second-intermission segment from the call center. 

"Their personalities were exactly kind of what you need in the room like that," Doan said. "Biz was holding court, Tyson was being Tyson, and (Hordichuk) knew about half the people that were calling in. So, it was one of those things where we were all in the room and it felt like we were working as a team, and I think it was fun for everyone to see how much energy those guys can bring in a situation like that." 

Gutierrez summed up with the telethon's success with much gratitude.

"I would like to thank Bally Sports Arizona for their incredible support and everything that they did," he said. "I really want to thank Shane (Doan), Paul Bissonnette, Tyson Nash, Matt MccConnell, Todd Walsh and everybody who helped amplify this on television.

"And to every member of the club who really worked hard, worked late hours, manned phones, participated and donated -- I just couldn't be more proud of the way we rallied around this effort, and for an incredible cause."

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