iHeartMedia is proud to announce today its partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives, for eleven cities of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 Tour. The national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 Tour is the season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app, in Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Tampa and Miami.
“iHeartMedia continues to work closely with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in its mission to inspire youth and we commend Ryan for the success he has made in building Seacrest Studios across the country,” said John Hogan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia. “We are thrilled to support such an important cause through our national radio, digital and events assets such as Jingle Ball, so RSF can continue to positively impact hospital communities.”
“iHeartMedia is an amazing partner for me professionally, so I was especially touched when they chose the Ryan Seacrest Foundation as their charity partner for eleven of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 Tour cities,” said Ryan Seacrest, Host and Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated "On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and founder and chairman of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “The donations that our Foundation will receive from Jingle Ball will continue to help extend our impact in pediatric hospitals throughout the country. We're forever grateful for iHeartMedia's continued support of RSF.”
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation builds broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios, within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. With an aim to positively affect the healing process for children and their families, Seacrest Studios provide multimedia experiences that provide patients exciting and stimulating adventures. As a result, time spent at Seacrest Studios lifts spirits and encourages patients and hospital communities. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation also works with students from local journalism schools, providing students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multimedia center. iHeartMedia strongly believes in the mission of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and supports the organization in a variety of ways throughout the year including providing national engineering & programming support and executing national and local fundraising programs across the country.
Each year, cities involved in Jingle Ball utilize the concerts’ success and popularity to make a difference in communities across the country and to help others. As the 2013 official charity partner for select Jingle Ball cities, including: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Tampa and Miami, iHeartMedia will donate $1.00 from every ticket sold to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, as well as donate a variety of exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime packages to be sold via IfOnly.com, a premium marketplace offering exclusive experiences, and auctioned via the premier auction site Charitybuzz.com.
The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 Tour is also proud to be stopping in Dallas this season. Dallas and the 106.1 KISS FM communities are working with the Kidd's Kids program of the Kraddick Foundation because of its close connection to Kidd Kraddick. Kraddick, 106.1 KISS FM’s morning show personality, founded the Kraddick Foundation, a 501©3 nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children with special medical needs after working with children with special needs in the Dallas community. Because of his sudden passing this past July, the 106.1 KISS FM and Dallas communities decided that this year’s 106.1 KISS FM Jingle Ball 2013 was the best way to honor his legacy.