A local radio station raised more than $16,000 for charity in an annual fundraising drive.
The 16th KIIM-FM Penny Pitch, benefiting Arizona's Children Association, raised 1,603,081 pennies ($16,030.81), surpassing its 1-million penny goal.
KIIM was set up in the Foothills Mall on Dec.19-21 and invited the public to donate pennies. Other coins and paper money were accepted.
The KIIM-FM Penny Pitch allows Arizona's Children Association to maintain an emergency fund, established after the first Penny Pitch.
"Arizona's Children Association is incredibly appreciative of the support of the Tucson community and KIIM-FM. The KIIM Emergency funds are critical to supporting children in crisis, and our families wouldn't be able to get by without your help," Becky Holton, chief development officer for Arizona's Children, said.
Major gifts to the Penny Pitch were by Foothills Mall with $1,594 from its coin vortex and Essential Pest Management, which donated $1.000.
MVP Air Conditioning and Trane donated an air conditioning/heating unit for a family of Arizona's Children. And a George Strait autographed cowboy hat was auctioned for $3,000.
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