On Sunday night, I joined 13 other Festival associates to help make a difference at the 46th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon. This is the 3rd year that I have volunteered to answer phones and have had the honor of presenting “the big check” which this year totaled $36,458 from the sale of Shamrocks at 10 of our locations. Although my involvement with the telethon is about helping others, I have to admit that I too benefit from the great feeling I have after being a part of this amazing experience. I still remember the first year that I got involved with the telethon. Karen Trom and I presented the Shamrock check together. I was so nervous because this was the first time that I was going to be interviewed on live TV. Although I had different team members supporting me during the presentation this year, the nervousness was the same. Our involvement in the actual telethon started with a team of 2 Festival Associates presenting a check and this year, we had 14 associates volunteer to staff 10 phones and I am confident that we could have had more volunteers if they had more phones! After the check presentation, I observed from the sidelines as our team members anxiously awaited for the phones to ring. As I was taking pictures and sending texts to remind our friends to call in, I was remembering my first experience answering the phones. When the phones started to ring, I could see and feel the enthusiasm that everyone experienced. The MDA telethon is one of many opportunities for you to get involved in your community and help make a difference. What are you doing to Make a Difference? Giving back is a priceless experience. Associates who volunteered: Aaron C.: Jackie J.; Heather V.; Anabel L.; Laura B.; Jessica F.; Oceana A.; Wendy K.; Jennifer V.; Jessica D.; Shaun D.; Chris W.; Kelly B.; Tracy C. Other Points of interest:
- Another Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon is in the books. This year's event is being called a success. And FOX 11 viewers played a big role in that success.
- Locally, $290,125 was raised.
- Rachel Manek, Tom Milbourn, Patrick Powell and Michelle Melby hosted the event.
- Nationally, the telethon raised more than $61 million. That's up $2.6 million from last year and it's the best total since 2008.
- But unlike years past, Jerry Lewis was not part of the annual event and the broadcast was shortened to six hours.