What a Radiothon!
The event kicked off at Emmis Communications at 6:00 am with Indy's Morning News, which featured an interview with Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive VP & Chief Brand Officer. She is also the first woman to ever serve as Chairman of The Salvation Army's National Advisory Board. Along with the Indiana Division's own Major John Turner and Indy Car driver Joseph Newgarden, they described to the WIBC listeners the many needs that The Salvation Army is able to address through its varied programs and services.
Later in the morning, host Greg Garrison was joined on air by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, who spoke of the specific needs that Hoosiers in central Indiana face during the harsh winter months and throughout the year. Vietnam veteran Chuck Crist was also on hand to discuss his personal experiences with The Salvation Army while in the US Air Force and as a volunteer at the Indiana War Memorial.
The Ricker's Phone Bank stayed busy as we heard from Carrie, a resident of The Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women & Children's Center, and Emmis Communications founder and CEO, Jeff Smulyan. As the afternoon passed to evening, Abdul then Jersey Johnny took over the airwaves and continued to raise money through the night until Terri Stacey was back with First Day at 8:00 a.m.
By the time that Pat Sullivan and Denny Smith at Sullivan Hardware and Garden took over at 9:00 a.m., the 2013 WIBC Radiothon was well on its way to meeting its ambitious $225,000 goal. Day 2 was filled with live musical acts, like the children's choir from St. Susanna's and the Carmel Clefs a Capella Club, and more great interviews. Throughout the 36 hours we also heard from sponsors with big matching gifts, like Jim Brantley from Valpak/REACH Magazine and Don Steel from Planned Investment Company.
General J. Stewart Goodwin, Executive Director of the Indiana Warm Memorials Commission, stopped by Sullivan's to chat on air, as did Steve Klipsch and his young son, Zach, who appealed to all children listening to remember less-fortunate kids and donate their own pennies and nickels.
By 5:30 p.m. the crowd was celebrating as the tote board surpassed the $225,000 mark and kept going. A last-minute push brought the total up past the $243,000 before the clock ran out on Radiothon at 6:30 p.m. An exhausted, but elated, crew celebrated the record-breaking event with cheers, high-fives and a few happy tears.
The kettles are still being counted and pledges tallied, but for now the total stands at $249,009.50!
That translates into 4,980 nights of shelter and 49.802 meals for the hungry. Thank you to everyone who supported the 2013 WIBC Radiothon: volunteers, corporate sponsors, new Bed & Bread Club members, food sponsors, Angel Donors, on-air guests, prize pack sponsors, walk-in donors. musical guests, live hosts and every person who tuned in to listen and was moved to make a pledge.
Together we are making a big difference in the lives of thousands of Hoosiers in 2014!