Kids Day 2016 sets fundraising record for Valley Children's Hospital

Kids Day 2016 has set a record for the event, as $547,511 has been collected, and donations are still to be counted.

The 29th edition of the event was held March 8. About 6,000 volunteers spread throughout the central San Joaquin Valley to sell special editions of The Bee for $1, with the proceeds going to Valley Children’s Hospital.

The goal is to reach $550,000, and that could well be within grasp. Coin donations are still to be counted, and Kids Day officials said that may happen Tuesday.

Last year’s total was $545,000, the previous record amount.

Kids Day was started in 1988 by The Bee and ABC30. It has raised a total of $7.3 million. It is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Valley Children’s, the not-for-profit hospital that serves children and patients from an area that covers 11 counties and more than 45,000 square miles.