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AJ’s Kids Crane Benefitting Rady Children’s Hospital


  • WHEN Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
  • WHERE IKEA Mission Valley Parking Lot, 2149 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Not available

The 16th Annual AJ’s Kids Crane returns Friday, November 10, 2017 to the IKEA parking lot in Mission Valley.

Earlier this year, AJ Machado made the move from ENERGY 103.7 to sister station KyXy 96.5 bringing with him annual, local fundraiser, AJ’s Kids Crane benefitting Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.

The event, created by KyXy 96.5 personalities AJ Machado and Show Producer Hula Ramos in 2001 will feature AJ living in a 30-foot “crane”– rain or shine.

San Diegans will be encouraged to donate a toy or monetary donation to Rady Children’s Hospital and in exchange, have the opportunity to participate in various, unique activities until the goal of collecting 100,000+ toys is reached. All event toys and proceeds will benefit the AJ’s Kids Fund for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.

The toys are collected and donated to help the young patients feel more at ease while undergoing procedures or a stay at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. "It's our 16th year and I'm still just a guy living in a crane. The San Diego community has rallied together to make this event bigger and better every year and I'm excited to see it happen again! The toys collected through this event will be distributed to kids at Rady Children's Hospital throughout 2018 and they definitely make a big difference!" says AJ.

AJ Mornings Producer, Hula Ramos adds, “I am always in awe when I see how the community rallies together every year for our AJ's Kids Crane. I’ve watched this event grow from year one when AJ sat up in a scissor lift with a port-o-potty and a broadcast booth, an RV and 10,000 toys down on the ground below him to this huge weeklong festival that we see today! I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing event!”

There will be themed event days to celebrate!

San Diegans will be encouraged to make toy and monetary donations and receive a token of appreciation for doing so each day of the event. Featured ticket giveaways throughout event include LEGOLAND® California, San Diego Zoo, Birch Aquarium, Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale Watching Passes as well as tickets to an exclusive KyXy 96.5 SeaWorld® Night.

AJ’s Kids Crane is made possible by at IKEA, Toyota San Diego, Pacific Marine Credit Union, Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, Jensen Meat, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Nelson Photo Supply and Sammy’s Wood Fired Pizza.

AJ Mornings can be heard weekday mornings from 6 - 10 a.m. on KyXy 96.5.

About KyXy 96.5

Owned and operated by CBS Radio, KyXy 96.5 (“Kicksy”) is San Diego’s 39-year heritage station, playing Adult Contemporary music and is available on-air, online at and the app. KyXy 96.5 is the home of "Holiday of Miracles Radiothon," which has raised over one million dollars for Rady Children’s Hospital since 2010. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS Radio owns and operates 117 radio stations in 26 U.S. markets – including all of the top 10 as ranked by Nielsen Audio – as well as an extensive array of digital assets.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Photo from a previous year's Kids Crane. Courtesy of AJ M...

Above: Photo from a previous year's Kids Crane. Courtesy of AJ Mornings.


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