Josh RultenbergDec 15, 2017, 2:39 pmDec 20, 2017, 1:21 pm

‘Shannon in the Morning’ radio crew hosts 26th annual Holiday Spectacular

Proceeds from event go to Blythedale Children's Hospital

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VALHALLA — For the 26th year in a row, Scott Shannon and the “Shannon in The Morning” radio crew hosted their year-end spectacular at Blythedale Children's Hospital.

"I can't tell you how much fun it is and how much I enjoy it. It's not Christmas ‘til I come over here to Blythedale," says Scott Shannon.

Nearly three decades ago, Shannon and his daughter visited a sick child at Blythedale, and that's when he realized how special it was. Since then, he's brought major performers like Westchester's own Rob Thomas.

The event means a lot to kids like Emily Saltzman, 9, and her family from Dutchess County. Two years ago, Emily fell off a horse and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She spent four and a half months at Blythedale re-learning how to talk, eat, and walk.

"They gave Emily her life back, and so for us we're forever grateful," says Emily’s mother, Renee Saltzman.

While patients, families, staff, and supporters were partying, there was an online auction going on simultaneously featuring signed guitars by Thomas and Bon Jovi, among other things.

All of the proceeds from the event on Dec. 15 and online auction will go directly back to the hospital.

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