Donors contributed over $13,000 for hospice care in St. Lawrence County during the 2012 Hospice Radiothon Nov. 8.
The event was broadcast by stations owned by St. Lawrence Radio (WSNN/99.3 FM and WPDM/1470 AM), Community Broadcaster (WQTK/92.7 FM, WLFK/95.3 FM and WSLB/1400 AM) and Stephens Media Group (WMSA/1340 AM).
The radiothon was simulcast from the Hospice Center with three veteran on-air personalities, Andy VanDuyne, Ray Knight and Sandy Cook, behind the microphones.
The broadcast included testimonials from county residents who have been touched in one way or another by Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. These included friends and family members whose loved ones were cared for by hospice, healthcare providers who collaborate with hospice, and volunteers who offer their time to help comfort patients.
“We had two goals for the Radiothon,” said Brad Catling, the event organizer, “to raise awareness about the nature of the care hospice provides and to raise funds to support those services. “
We are very grateful to our donors for their generosity and for the chance we had again this year to tell the hospice story over this great network of radio stations” Catling said. “I think the day was a huge success.”
Sponsors played a big role in the success of the event by adding their contributions. The businesses that sponsored the Hospice Radiothon were: Donaldson Funeral Home, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, Gouverneur Savings and Loan, Empire Northeast, Mort Backus and Sons and A Woman’s Touch Nail Salon. Prizes given out during the Radiothon drawings included gifts donated by, Eben’s Hearth, Northern Music and Video, Little Italy Pizzeria, The Computer Guys, Mind Your Body Massage and The Best Western University Inn. Two businesses, Today’s Hair in Potsdam and the Delmar Tavern Massena each donated the proceeds from fundraisers they hosted over the last several months.