This years TeletonUSA Foundation surpassed their expectations and raised a whopping $6,379,218 million dollars and enrolled 1,123 “Padrinos” (godparents) to benefit the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA (CRIT), a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive rehabilitation services to children with neurological, muscular and skeletal disabilities no matter their family’s ability to pay.
The donations were raised during TelevisaUnivision’s annual broadcasting fundraising event where celebrities such as Gloria Estefan, Maluma, Sebastian Yatra, J Balvin, Mau y Ricky, and Cindy Lauper among many others were on hand to bring world-wide attention to the cause and raise funds.
The TeletonUSA broadcast celebrated a decade of service under the theme “10 Años Juntos” (10 Years Together) with special programming and an all-star roster of celebrities and top Latin performers.
On November 29, Giving Tuesday, TelevisaUnivision announced a dollar-match donation initiative to support the TeletonUSA Foundation during this historical 10-year anniversary celebration.
With immense gratitude to the community and employee donors who helped raised more than $15,000 through the Univision Foundation website at www.univision.org, TelevisaUnivision tripled the contribution amount to a sum of $45,000 to the overall funds raised.
“The institute helps every family that comes through their doors regardless of their financial status and we are grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with the TeletonUSA Foundation to help ensure even more patients have access to critical care. Improving the well-being of Hispanic and multicultural communities is our mission, and tonight’s event and donation helps us get even closer to this aim.” said Teri Arvesu, Senior Vice President, Social Impact and Sustainability, TelevisaUnivision.
The CRIT organization has served around 1,742 patients from 44 states across the U.S. and currently has a waiting list of 1,630 patients. With the funds from TelevisaUnivision and other donors’ contributions, CRIT will continue with its mission of creating a more inclusive and accepting world for children with disabilities.
“We are deeply grateful to our community that for yet another year has shown us the greatness of being united”, said Federica Soriano, CEO, TeletonUSA Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of our people, we reached our goal to continue serving hundreds of children with disabilities and their families year after year.”
This year’s TeletonUSA broadcast celebrated a decade of service under the theme “10 Años Juntos” (10 Years Together) with special programming and an all-star roster of celebrities and top Latin performers.
The event featured acts by Banda El Recodo, Banda Los Recoditos, Banda MS, Chiquis, El Dasa, Gente de Zona, Joss Favela, Los Ángeles Azules, Luis Coronel, Maria Becerra, Mau y Ricky, Natalia Jiménez, Pablo Montero, Paulina Rubio and Raymix. Other artists supporting the cause with special participation in the telecast were Ana Barbara, Becky G, Camilo, Cindy Lauper, Danna Paola, Gloria Estefan, J Balvin, Leslie Grace, Luis Fonsi, Maluma and Sebastián Yatra.